Ph.D., 2006, Columbia University
Hérica Valladares received her B.A. in Greek Literature from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Columbia University. Prior to her arrival at UNC, she was Assistant Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University, where she also served on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum and for the Program in Museums and Society. She has twice been awarded fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. (2003–2005, Spring 2014) and was the NEH/Andrew Heiskell Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (2008–2009).
Professor Valladares’ research focuses primarily on the interaction of visual and literary culture in the late Roman republic and early empire. She has published various articles on Roman wall painting, Latin love elegy, the Renaissance reception of Ovid, and eighteenth-century antiquarian practices. Her book, Painting, Poetry, and the Invention of Tenderness in the Early Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2021) analyzes amatory representations in Roman wall painting and Latin poetry between the late first century B.C.E. and the late first century C.E.
At UNC, Professor Valladares has taught courses on Hellenistic art and archaeology (CLAR/ARTH 268), Roman architecture (CLAR/ARTH 465), and Roman painting (CLAR/ARTH 476). She has also developed a new lecture course on Pompeii (CLAR 380) and collaborated on an interdisciplinary course co-taught with Professor Vicki Rovine (Art & Art History) entitled “Art and Fashion from Rome to Timbuktu” (CLAR/ARTH 200). Professor Valladares regularly offers graduate seminars on topics such as the Roman house (Fall 2016, Fall 2020), image and text from antiquity to the Renaissance (Spring 2019), and methods in Classical art history (Fall 2019). She is currently Director of the Archaeology Program in the Department of Classics and Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Ackland Art Museum.