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Prof. Joanna Papayiannis

Professor, Material Culture
Office Phone : TBA
Office Location: NF305
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Tuesday, 1-2 pm

Joanna Papayiannis is a Classical archaeologist and social historian. Her principal research interest is domestic architecture, dining culture, women and gender in ancient Greece. Joanna’s dissertation, “The Gynaikonitis: The (un)Gendered Greek House” (Princeton 2012) challenged the seclusion paradigm for women’s lives in ancient Greece by examining the literary and archaeological evidence for sustaining such a view. Her current project considers the role of women in the agency of Greek art, specifically Dionysiac sculpture within the context of religious ritual. Joanna has worked as a field archaeologist in Greece and as a museum professional, most recently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These experiences have shaped her material-centered approach to teaching in the Program of Material Culture. Joanna has taught Introduction to Material Culture (VIC224Y), Innovators and their Ideas (VIC109H) and Themes in Material Culture: Cultural Heritage (VIC444H).

PhD (Princeton University)
MA (Princeton University)
BA (University of Toronto)