Northern Illinois University

School of Art

Ph.D. University of Edinburgh

Assistant Professor, Art History, Ancient Art
Office: Art Building 201E
Phone: (815) 753-7887

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Sinclair Bell

Assistant Professor Sinclair Bell is a specialist in the history of ancient art. He studied Classical Art & Archaeology at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Cologne, receiving his Ph.D. in 2004. He has excavated in Italy and Tunisia, and worked as a curatorial assistant at museums in Germany and Greece. He is a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology.

His research is broadly concerned with Etruscan and Roman material culture and art, especially its social history, Renaissance reception and contemporary theorization. He has published several articles and reviews on these and related topics and contributed to a number of edited collections and series, including the Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei. He has also co-edited three volumes: Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity (Oxford 2004), Role Models in the Roman World (Ann Arbor 2008) and New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome (Madison 2009). He is currently at work on a monograph about the role of sport in the visual culture of the Roman Empire.

Dr. Bell teaches the full range of undergraduate and graduate offerings in ancient art history (Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman) as well as the introduction to art and the survey to 1400.

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