Sheila Dillon

Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

External address: 
114 S Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766
Internal office address: 
Box 90766, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766
(919) 684-6082

Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current projects include a history of portrait sculpture in Roman Athens, which examines the impact of Roman rule and Roman portrait styles on Athenian portraiture, and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.

Professor Dillon is on leave from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., New York University 1994

  • M.A., New York University 1989

  • B.A., Rutgers University New Brunswick 1987

Dillon, S. "Portraits of Livia: Imagining the imperial woman of Augustan Rome." CLASSICAL WORLD 93.1 (1999): 115-116. Full Text


Dillon, S. "Honorific Portraiture (Accepted)." Handbook of Greek Sculpture. Ed. O Palagia. DeGruyter.