Associate Professor Sinclair Bell is a specialist in the archaeology of ancient Italy and the history of ancient art. He studied Classical Art & Archaeology at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Cologne, receiving his Ph.D. in 2004. Prior to coming to NIU, he taught at the School of Art & Art History, University of Iowa and at the Department of Classics, University of Winnipeg.
Dr. Bell has excavated in Italy and Tunisia, and worked as a curatorial assistant at museums in Germany and Greece. He is a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Canada Research Chair in Roman Archaeology, and the Fondation Hardt pour l’étude de l’Antiquité classique, Geneva.
His research is broadly concerned with Etruscan and Roman material culture and art, especially its social history, Renaissance reception and contemporary theorization. He has published several articles and reviews on these and related topics and contributed to a number of edited collections and series. He has also co-edited three volumes and is currently at work on a monograph about the role of sport in the visual culture of the Roman Empire.
Dr. Bell teaches the full complement of undergraduate and graduate offerings in ancient art history (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Eastern Mediterranean) as well as the introduction to art and the survey to 1400.
Associate Professor, Art History
PH.D., University of Edinburgh
Office: Art Building 201E
Office Phone: (815) 753-1473