Megan Cifarelli

Megan Cifarelli

Professor, Art History

Brownson Hall, Room 214
Wednesday 8:45-10:45AM

About Me

Megan Cifarelli, professor of art history, specializes in the art and archeology of the Ancient Near East. She teaches a broad range of courses in the art of the ancient world, including the arts of ancient Mesopotamia, Iran, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Her research is currently focused on the archeological remains of the site of Hasanlu, Iran, specifically the role that personal ornaments and jewelry in the performance of gender among the Hasanlu’s elite. Her research has been published in journals such as Art Bulletin, the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, and Iranica Antiqua. She is currently serving as a national lecturer for the Archeological Institute of American, and field editor for book reviews on Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art for the College Art Association’s

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Professional History
Manhattanville College
Art History and Archaeology, Master of Arts, Ph.D., Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame
Feature Publications

“Chapter 6, Personal Ornaments,” in Danti, Michael, Re-evaluating the Late Bronze and Iron I Periods at Hasanlu

Hasanlu Excavation Reports III. University Museum Monograph, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum, 2013

Review, Gender Through Time in the Ancient Near East

Diane Bolger, editor, Gender and Archaeology, Volume 17, (Lanham: Altamira Press, 2008), Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 70:2, 2011

“Adornment, Identity and Authenticity: Ancient Jewelry In and Out of Context”

American Journal of Archaeology Online Museum Review, Issue 114, January 2010, pp. 1-9

“Gesture and Alterity in the Art of Ashurnasirpal II of Assyria”

Art Bulletin, June 1998, 210-229

Awards & Grants

Summer 2014, 2012, Summer Research Stipend, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY;

2005-2007 Project Humanist, NEH Implementation Grant, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan;

1996-1997 J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and  the Humanities; 

1994-1995 Norbert Schimmel Dissertation Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY;

1993-1994 Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University;

1992-1993 Whitney Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY;

1991-1992 President’s Fellowship, Columbia University;

1990-1991 Norbert Schimmel Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY;

1990 Columbia University Summer Travel Grant;

1989 Kevorkian Curatorial Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY;

1987-1992 Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities;  Columbia University Faculty Fellowship.