Megan Cifarelli

Megan Cifarelli

Professor Emerita, Art History

About Me

Megan Cifarelli, professor of art history, specializes in the art and archaeology of the Ancient Near East. She taught 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 focused on the archaeological 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, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, and the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. She served as a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

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Professional History
BA, University of Notre Dame
Art History and Archaeology, MA, PhD, Columbia University
Feature Publications


Co-author, with Ali Binandeh and Kazem Mollezadeh
A Decorated Bronze Belt from Gargul, Iran

Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies, 2018

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Co-author, with Roberto Dan and Manuel Castelluccia
Copper-alloy Belts at Hasanlu, Iran: A Case Study in Hybridization and Heteroglossia in Material Culture

Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 2018

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Gender, Personal Adornment, and Costly Signaling in the Iron Age Burials of Hasanlu, Iran

Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East, 2018

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Entangled Relations over Geographical and Gendered Space: Multi-Component Personal Ornaments at Hasanlu

Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East: Exhibiting an imaginative materiality, showing a genealogical nature, 2018

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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