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Dr. Philip Stinson

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Classics
Associate Professor of Classics, Curator-in-Charge of the Wilcox Classical Museum
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 1036
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Phil Stinson joined KU's Classics faculty in 2007. He earned degrees in Architecture and architectural history/theory from Ball State University, Harvard University, and UCLA (B.Arch. 1991, M. Des. St. 1995, MA 2001, respectively), and in History of Art and Classical Archaeology from New York University (Ph.D. 2007).


Ph.D., New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Classical Art and Archaeology

M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of Architecture

M.Des.St. (Master in Design Studies with specialization in Architectural History and Theory), Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

B. Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture, a 5 yr. professional degree), Ball State University, Dept. of Architecture


His research interests include the architecture and urbanism of ancient Greek and Roman cities, Roman wall-painting, and the digital humanities. His book on the Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias is published by Reichert, Wiesbaden (Aphrodisias VII, 2016). Other publications include an article on Roman incised architectural drawings, in Aphrodisias Papers 5 (JRA, Suppl. Series 103, 2016), an article on the perspective systems used in Roman Second Style wall-painting (AJA 115, 2011), a chapter on the Civil Basilica of Aphrodisias in Aphrodisias Papers 4 (JRA Suppl. 70, 2008), and a chapter on an early Classical painted tomb at Sardis in Love for Lydia, Sardis Report 4 (Harvard Univ. Press, 2008). His archaeological reconstructions appeared in K. Welch's The Roman Amphitheatre from its Origins to the Colosseum (Cambridge, 2007), and have appeared in other articles and exhibitions. In 2010 Phil received a large collaborative grant to study the karez water systems of southern Afghanistan using remotely gathered data and GIS.

Research Interests

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Art history
  • Digital humanities
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Architectural history
  • Urbanism

Selected Publications

Stinson, P. (2019). The Multifaceted Refinements in the Julio-Claudian Sebasteion of Aphrodisias. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 32, 39-65.

Stinson, P. (2016). Aphrodisias VII: Results of the Excavations at Aphrodisias in Caria Conducted by New York University. The Civil Basilica, Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.

Stinson, P. (2016). New Incised Drawings from the Basilica. In , Smith, R.R.R., et al. (eds.) Aphrodisias Papers 5: Excavation and Research at Aphrodisias, 2006-2012 (Vol. 103, pp. 225-42). Portsmouth, RI.

Stinson, P. Naglak, M. Mandel, R. & Hoopes, J. (2016). The Remote-sensing Assessment of a Threatened Ancient Water Technology in Afghanistan. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 10(December 2016), 441-53.

Selected Presentations

Stinson, P. . (10/22/2019). 3D-Printing and the Study of Roman Architecture. Madison, WI

Stinson, P. . (11/18/2017). Architecture and Sculpture of a Julio-Claudian Temple in Central Sardis. ASOR Annual Meeting . Boston, MA

Stinson, P. . (03/30/2018). Appearances and Patronage in the Sebasteion of Aphrodisias. Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Awards & Honors

Williams Visiting Professor of Roman Architecture
Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University

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