John J. Dobbins

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1977
M.A., Boston University, 1969
B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1968

Professor, Roman Art and Archaeology

John Dobbins is a Classical Archaeologist who specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology. He has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria, but for many years his research focus has been on Italy where he is the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project ( He has also collaborated with Malcolm Bell in preparing the final publication of the theater at Morgantina. His Pompeii publications include “The Pompeii Forum Project,” in Nuove ricerche archeologiche a Pompei ed Ercolano (Naples 2005) 60-72 (with L.F. Ball); “Excavations in the Sanctuary of Apollo at Pompeii, 1997” AJA 102 (1998) 739-56 (with Ball, Cooper, Gavel, Hay); “Problems of Chronology, Decoration, and Urban Design on the Forum at Pompeii,” AJA 97 (1994) 629-94; and a book co-edited with Pedar Foss to be published in 2006: The World of Pompeii, Routledge. His most recent non-Pompeii publication is “The Houses at Antioch,” in Christine Kondoleon, ed. Antioch: the Lost Ancient City (Princeton 2000) 51-62.

Mr. Dobbins is the President of the Charlottesville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and Secretary/Treasurer of the North American Branch of AIEMA (l’association internationale pour l’étude de la mosaïque antique). Previous professional awards and service include Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at UVA, a three-year NEH grant, co-director of the Summer Program in Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome, member and chair of the Advisory Board of the Etruscan Foundation, traveling lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, a Mead Honored Faculty Member at UVA, and an All-University Teaching Award.

His complete c.v. can be found here.

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