Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology
Ph.D. 2018, Duke University
Tim Shea received his B.A. in Greek and Latin from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University. Prior to his arrival at UNC, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth College, where he led the Foreign Study Program in Greece (Spring 2019), and taught courses at Florida State University and Duke University. He has held the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America (2018-2019) and the John Williams White Fellowship as a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2017-2018).
His research interests are in the art, archaeology, and topography of ancient Greece in the Archaic and Classical periods. His current book project, Death and Diplomacy: Citizens and Immigrants in Archaic and Classical Athenian Cemeteries, investigates the ways in which immigrant communities expressed their identity through tombstones and burial plots in the cemeteries of ancient Athens. He is also a member of a collaborative research project publishing the portrait sculpture from the Athenian Agora Excavations. In all his research, he implements GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and digital mapping tools to study archaeological evidence spatially.
At UNC, Professor Shea teaches a range of courses on Greek archaeology and sculpture.