Professor, Art Department
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Barbara Kellum is a scholar of ancient Mediterranean art and architecture. She holds the B.A. and a master's degree in history from the University of Southern California, a masters in the history of art from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in the history of art from Harvard University. Kellum is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Kellum's current book project focuses on the house of two former slaves in Pompeii, the House of the Vettii. At the heart of that house is a garden peristyle and gardens, and the landscape history of the villas and towns around the Bay of Naples plays a significant role in her ARH 285 course Great Cities: Pompeii. Her interest in landscape studies was first established in her 1994 Art Bulletin article "The Construction of Landscape in Augustan Rome: the Garden Room at the Villa ad Gallinas." Other interdisciplinary interests include film studies, archaeology and ancient studies.