Brenda Longfellow

Roger A. Hornsby Associate Professor in the Classics
Division Head, Art History

Brenda Longfellow received her PhD in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan. She teaches classes on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, and her research is focused on the art, architecture, and hydraulics of the ancient Roman Empire. She is the author of the book Roman Imperialism and Civic Patronage: Form, Meaning and Ideology in Monumental Fountain Complexes (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and co-editor of the books Roman Artists, Patrons, and Public Consumption: Familiar Works Reconsidered (University of Michigan, 2018) and Women's Lives, Women's Voices: Roman Material Culture and Female Agency in the Bay of Naples (University of Texas Press, 2021). She is currently working on a monograph on the public lives of women in Pompeii. 

Her research has been published in journals like the American Journal of Archaeology and the Art Bulletin, and her article in the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome received the Barbara McManus Award from the Women’s Classical Caucus. ​She has received the Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, and a Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship. 


  • International Programs International Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa
  • Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Arts & Humanities Initiative Standard Grant, University of Iowa
  • Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecturer, Binghamton University
  • Barbara McManus Award for best essay or article, Women’s Classical Caucus
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank Faculty Scholar, University of Iowa
  • Career Development Award, University of Iowa
  • International Programs Travel Award (2012 & 2013), University of Iowa
  • Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome
  • Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant (2009 & 2012), University of Iowa
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University


  • Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices: Roman Material Culture and Female Agency in the Bay of Naples (Co-editor)
  • Contextualizing the Funerary and Honorific Portrait Statues of Women in Pompeii
  • Review of Jaś Elsner. The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450
  • Roman Artists, Patrons, and Public Consumption: Familiar Works Reconsidered (Co-editor)
  • The Reuse and Redisplay of Honorific Statues in Pompeii
  • Spolia as Strategy in the Early Roman Empire: Reused Statues in Augustan Rome
  • /media/1906Roman Art Reconsidered
  • From Elite Villas to Public Spaces: The First Decorative Fountains in Ancient Rome
  • Reflecting the Past: The Nymphaeum near the Praetorium at Gortyn
  • The Silhatarağa Statues in Context
  • Architectural context
  • Female Patrons and Honorific Statues in Pompeii

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Research areas
  • Art history
Portrait of Brenda Longfellow
PhD, University of Michigan
Contact Information

218 Art Building West (ABW)
141 N Riverside Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States