Alicia DissingerBA, Archaeology, College of Wooster, 2008
MA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
Alicia's research interests include ancient animal iconography, religious and cultic development within Cyprus and the Aegean, cross-cultural interactions within the Mediterranean, and Greek and Cypriot art and archaeology. While attending the College of Wooster, she found a deep love for the classical world and majored in Archaeology with an emphasis on Art History and minored in Classics and Anthropology. At the University of Texas at Austin, Alicia wrote her master's thesis entitled, "The Horned God in a New Light: Examining Religious Hybridity at Enkomi, Cyprus in the Late Bronze Age." In her thesis, she analyzed the iconography of the Horned God statue and investigated what the various artistic choices meant to the ancient worshipers. An updated presentation on her MA topic was given in the spring of 2013 at the Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practice Conference, held by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Emory University. Alicia began her PhD work at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2010. Currently, she is working on her dissertation entitled, Cypro-Archaic Bird Iconography: Types, Uses, and Meanings.
At UVA, Alicia has been a teaching assistant for Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology, the Introduction to Art History II (Early Renaissance through Post-Modernism), the History of Art and Architecture II, as well as serving twice as a Teaching Assistant for History of Art I. She has excavated at Athienou in Cyprus (Athienou Archaeological Project, 2007 and Supervisor 2011-2013), in the Athenian Agora (The American School of Classical Studies 2009, 2010), and at Pompeii (Anglo American Project in Pompeii, 2006). For the 2014-2015 academic year, she received the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship through the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Center (CAARI) and the University of Virginia's Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Graduate Research Grant. She was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Cyprus. .