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Teaching Assistant

Elizabeth Molacek

Elizabeth is a fifth year doctoral candidate studying ancient Roman art and architecture at the University of Virginia. Her current dissertation research considers the relationship between Roman wall paintings of the first century AD and contemporary notions of vision, visibility, and ancient optical theory. Her primary interests are in the visuality of Roman decoration and the ancient viewer’s experience. She has also worked on mosaic pavements, particularly of Roman Antioch, ancient mirrors, and ancient jewelry. She has served as a curatorial intern at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where she conducted research on the museum’s collection of ancient Greek and Roman jewelry and gems. As an art historian, Elizabeth’s research often takes her to interesting locations, most often Italy. In summer 2009 she participated in the American Academy in Rome’s Summer Program in Archaeology and during the same summer she participated in excavations with the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabiae (PARP:PS). At U.Va. Elizabeth has served as a teaching assistant for several courses in the McIntire Department of Art. Since 2011, she has served as a Coordinator of Studies at U.Va.’s Hereford Residential College where she engages with students in academic and mentoring roles.