Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Office: 

114 S Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766

Phone: 

(919) 684-6082

Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current projects include a history of portrait sculpture in Roman Athens, which examines the impact of Roman rule and Roman portrait styles on Athenian portraiture, and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.

Education:

  • Ph.D. 1994, New York University

  • M.A. 1989, New York University

  • B.A. 1987, Rutgers University New Brunswick

  • AAS , Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY

Books

  • Women in the Classical World: Critical Concepts in Classical Studies,

  • A Companion to Women in the Ancient World,
    James, SL; Dillon, S

  • Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, Styles (paperback),
    Dillon, S

  • The Past is Present: The Kempner Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Nasher Museum,

  • The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (paperback),
    Dillon, S

  • The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World, March, 2010
    Dillon, S

  • Representations of War in Ancient Rome (paperback), reissued in paperback 2009
    Dillon, S; Welch, K

  • Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias, June, 2006
    Dillon, S; Smith, RRR; Hallett, CH; Lenaghan, J; Voorhis, JV

  • Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles, April, 2006
    Dillon, S

Awards:

2013 Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America

2008 James R. Wiseman Book Award for Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture, Archaeological Institute of America

2008 James R. Wiseman Book Award for Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture, Archaeological Institute of America

2006 Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

2005 Fellowships for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities

2004 Millard Meiss Publication Grant, College Art Association

2002 Faculty Fellow, John Hope Franklin Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University

1997 Rome Prize Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Classical Studies and Archaeology, American Academy in Rome