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Lauren Hackworth Petersen
Interim Associate Dean for the Humanities
Professor of Art History
University of Delaware
4 Kent Way
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2793

Biography

Lauren Hackworth Petersen, interim Associate Dean for the Humanities and Professor of Art History, has been a member of the faculty at the University of Delaware since 2000. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

Lauren received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2000). She specializes in ancient Roman art and architecture and has done extensive research in Greek and Etruscan art, including work with archaeological excavations in Italy. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship, a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome and a Fulbright Grant.

Her most recent book, The Material Life of Roman Slaves (co-authored with Sandra Joshel, Cambridge University Press, 2014), intervenes in scholarly debates on the archaeology of Roman slavery by searching for ways to see slaves in urban houses, city streets, workshops, and villas—to make slaves visible where literature, law and art tells us they were present. The book won the 2015 PROSE Award for Excellence in the Humanities and the PROSE Award in Classics and Ancient History.

She has two other books to her credit. The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History (Cambridge University Press, 2006) vigorously challenges elite models that have dominated our understanding of non-elite Roman monuments and offers interpretations of artistic commissions by former slaves through a variety of approaches. Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome (a co-edited project with Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, University of Texas Press, 2012) provides an interdisciplinary examination of the potentially charged roles of motherhood in ancient daily life, politics, art and architecture and rhetoric. Her articles appear in art historical and Classics journals, including The Art Bulletin, Arethusa, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and Source: Notes in the History of Art. In addition, she has authored a number of essays in edited volumes.

Lauren has served as the Associate Chair and as the Director of Graduate Studies for Art History. In addition to having participated on several juries both nationally and internationally, she serves on the editorial board for the University of Delaware Press and for Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture, a journal of the Archaeological Institute of America.


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