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John Pollini

Professor of Art History and History

Contact Information
E-mail: pollini@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4554
Office: VKC 351

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California at Berkeley, 1/1978
M.A. Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California at Berkeley, 1/1973
B.A. Classics, magna cum laude, University of Washington, 1/1968
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Professor, Department of Art History (Joint Professor in Department of History and Adjunct Professor in Department of Classics), University of Southern California, 1991-  
Dean of the School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, 1993-1996  
Chairman of the Department of Art History, University of Southern California, 1990-1993  
Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Department of Classics (adjunct appointment), University of Southern California, 1987-1991  
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Johns Hopkins University, 1980-1987  
Curator, Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum, 1980-1987  
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Johns Hopkins University, 1979-1980  
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Classics, Case Western Reserve University, 1978-1979  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Pollini's research is concerned with methodologies of classical art and archaeology, ancient history, classical philology, epigraphy and numismatics. His other scholarly research interests include ancient religion, mythology, narratology, rhetoric and propaganda. Over the years Professor Pollini has excavated at the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, Turkey, and the Etruscan site of Ghiaccio Forte, Italy, and participated in the underwater survey of the port of Tarquinia (Gravisca), Italy. Since 2010 he has been involved in excavations in and around Rome in connection with USC's summer excavation course in Italy. Trained in the methodologies of classical art and archaeology, ancient history, classical philology, epigraphy, and numismatics, Professor Pollini is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research. Professor Pollini has lectured widely both in the United States and abroad. He has published numerous articles and authored several books.
 

Research Specialties

Classical Art and Archaeology (Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology)
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, Cotsen Fellow
 

Publications

Book

Pollini, J. (2012). From Republic to Empire: Rhetoric, Religion, and Power in the Visual Culture of Ancient Rome. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
Pollini, J. (2005). Terra Marique: Studies in Art History and Marine Archaeology in Honor of Anna Marguerite McCann on the Receipt of the Gold Medal of the Archaeological Institute of America. Oxford, England: Oxbow Books.
Pollini, J. (2003). The deNion Head: A Masterpiece of Archaic Greek Sculpture. Mainz, Germany: Philipp von Zabern.
Pollini, J. (2002). Gallo-Roman Bronzes and the Process of Romanization: The Cobannus Hoard.
Pollini, J. (1990). Roman Portraiture: Images of Character and Virtue, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, 1990.
Pollini, J. (1987). The Portraiture of Gaius and Lucius Caesar. Fordham University Press.
 

Honors and Awards

Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lectureship in Archaeology (14 lectures at various venues in U.S., Canada, and Europe), 2012-2013  
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 2007-2008   
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, awarded for second time, 2006-2007  
Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2006-2007  
Departmental Nominee for University Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching 2002, 2002-2005  
Mellon Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2004-2005   
Departmental Nominee for University Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching 1998, 1998-2001  
Elected Life Member, German Archaeological Association, 2000  
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, awarded for second time, 1995-1996  
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, 1987-1988  
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, 1983-1984  
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1978-1979  
Fulbright Award, Fellowship to Italy, 1975-1976  
 

Service to the University

Other Service to the University

Director: Visual Culture of the Ancient World (Old World, New World, Asia) (VCAW), a consortium of institutions and museums in the Los Angeles area (International Museum Institute at USC, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Villa Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural History Museum), 2010-2013  
 
 
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