Hallie Franks’s teaching and research interests are in the art and archaeology of Greece, Rome, and the ancient Near East, and she is particularly interested in the points of cultural overlap and exchange between the Mediterranean and the East. Her research has taken her to Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and Bulgaria, where she is involved in the American Research Center in Sofia’s excavations at the ancient Macedonian city of Heraclea Sintica. At Gallatin, her teaching interests focus on the intersection of ancient texts and material culture, and she teaches courses about ancient portraiture, visual narrative, concepts of the outsider and cultural memory. Her first book, Hunters, Heroes, Kings (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2013), investigates the ways that the ancient kingdom of Macedonia drew from various cultural traditions in the visual expression of its self-identity. Professor Franks was awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, where she will conduct research on her upcoming book project, The Space of the Symposium: Mosaics and Movement in the Greek Andron.
Teaching and Research Interests
material cultures (art and archaeology) of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East; cultural definition through art; and cultural exchange and interaction
B.A. Art History, Boston University, 2001 Ph.D. History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2008
Professor Franks was awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece which supported research for her book project, The Space of the Symposium: Mosaics and Movement in the Greek Andron.
Professor Franks convened the Gallatin Global Faculty Symposium “The Material Archive,” in Florence, Italy March 19-21, 2015, at NYU Florence.