Chair, Department Interdisciplinary Studies/ Assoc. Professor Art History
Elizabeth Baltes received her B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History (Greek Art and Archaeology) from Duke University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sculpture, politics, identity, and public space in the ancient Greek world. Her first book project, Dedication and Display of Portrait Statues in Hellenistic Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics investigates how statue landscapes at such important sites as Delphi and Delos helped to articulate and reinforce a complex set of political and social identities and how space was utilized and manipulated on a local and regional level. Her contextual approach to ancient sculpture has been deeply influenced by recent work on contemporary American public sculpture, and it has also benefitted from a critical engagement with trends in digital art history.
Dr. Baltes’ scholarly work in digital historical reconstruction informs her approach to teaching. In her upper-level classes, students often undertake research-based digital projects––such as mapping the movement of objects, materials, or artists, or reconstructing buildings from archaeological plans––through which they learn interdisciplinary, transferrable skills.
Dr. Baltes’ scholarly work has been published in multiple venues, including the American Journal of Archaeology and Hesperia, and her research has been generously supported by grants from the Archaeological Institute of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Philosophical Society, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.
Read more about Dr. Baltes' NEH award here.
Associate Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Coordinator, MA in Liberal Studies
Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Duke University
B.A., Louisiana State University
Introduction to Art History; Greek Art & Archaeology; Roman Art; Methods of Art History; Digital Historical Reconstruction; Identity, Ethnicity, & Gender in the Classical Mediterranean; Classical Sculpture & Monuments; Cultural Heritage & Art Crime
Greek and Roman sculpture; portrait statues & public monuments (ancient and modern); digital historical reconstruction