Elizabeth Macaulay
Position: Associate Professor and Executive Officer, MA in Liberal Studies
Programs: MA Middle Eastern Studies | MA Liberal Studies
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8481
Room Number: 4108.01
Degrees/Diplomas: D.Phil., Oxford University
Research Interests: Archaeology; Architectural History; Classical Material Culture; Roman Material Culture; Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture; Reception Studies; New York City’s Art and Architecture

Tracks taught in MALS: The Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds; New York Studies

Courses Taught in MALS:

MALS 70100 - Narratives of New York: Antiquity in Gotham;
MALS 74500 - Great Digs: Important sites of the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic Worlds;
MALS 74400 - From Alexander to Muhammad: Introduction to the Cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean;
MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies: Becoming Lewis Mumford: Studying, Analyzing and Writing About the Architecture of New York City
MALS 73800 - Internship


Bayt Farhi and the Sephardic Palaces of Ottoman Damascus in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries, (Manar al-Athar Monograph Series 4, University of Oxford / Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 72, 2018).

Classical New York: Greece and Rome in New York City’s Art and Architecture, 1830-1940, eds. E. Macaulay-Lewis and Matthew McGowan, (Fordham University Press,2018).

Housing The New Romans: Architectural Reception and the Classical Style in the Modern World, eds. Katharine T. von Stackelberg and E. Macaulay-Lewis (Oxford University Press 2017).

Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement and Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Beyond the Battlefields: New Perspectives on Warfare and Society in the Graeco-Roman World, eds. E. Bragg, L.I. Hau, and E. Macaulay-Lewis (Cambridge Scholars 2008)

Crossing Frontiers: The Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeology: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Oxford, 2526 June 2005. School of Archaeology Monograph Series 66. eds. H. Schroeder, P. Edwards, P. Gardner, V. Jefferson, and E. Macaulay-Lewis (Oxford University School of Archaeology, 2007).

Recent Book Chapters and Articles:

“Dining like Nero: Antiquity and Immersive Dining Experiences in early Twentieth-Century New York” Classical Outlook 93.1 (2018): 13–19.

“Classical Architecture in Europe and North America since 1700” in Oxford Bibliographies “Classics,” ed. Dee Clayman (Oxford University Press), 2018.

“The Archaeology of Gardens in Roman Villas,” in The Gardens of the Roman Empire, eds. W.F. Jashemski, K. Gleason, K. Hartswick, A-A. Malek (Cambridge University Press, 2018), 87–120.

“The Architecture of Memory and Commemoration: The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch Brooklyn, New York and the Reception of Classical Architecture,” Classical Receptions Journal, 2016, 8 (4): 447–78.

“Triumphal Washington: New York City’s ‘Roman’ Arch,” in War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Display of Armed Conflict, eds. Anastasia Bakogianni and Valerie Hope (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), 209–39.

“From Jerash to New York: Columns, Archaeology, and Politics at the 1964–65 World’s Fair,” with J. Simard. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 74, no. 3 (September 2015), 341–62.

“A Monumental Roman Building in Southeast Damascus?” With R. Burns. Levant 47 (2015), no. 1, 93–111.

“Transforming the Site and Object Reports for a Digital Age: Mentoring Students to Use Digital Technologies in Archaeology and Art History,” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, Issue 7. Special Section:

Mentorship and Collaboration, eds. Peter Gray and Renee McGarry. Published May 11, 2015

“Greek and Roman Gardens,” Oxford Bibliographies in “Classics,” ed. Dee Clayman (Oxford University Press, 2013).

“The Use and Reception,” in The Cultural History of Gardens, Volume I: Ancient Gardens, ed. K.L. Gleason (Bloomsbury Academic 2013), 99–118.

“A Commercial Nursery near Abu Hummus, Egypt, and the Reuse of Amphoras in the Roman Plant Trade,” with M. Kenawi and J. McKenzie, The Roman Journal of Archaeology 25 (2012), 195–225.

About Professor Macaulay-Lewis and Recent Scholarship:

She is interested in the gardens and architecture of the Middle East and North Africa in the Classical and Islamic periods, as well as in their reception. She has conducted research as a field archaeologist and ceramist in Italy, Jordan, Greece, Syria and Egypt.

She serves as Deputy Director of Manar al-Athar, an free image resource for the study of the Middle East. Currently She is the Chairperson of Governing Board of Smarthistory.org, the world’s most visited art history website, and she serves as the Contributing Editor for Arts of the Islamic World.

To learn more about her, you can visit her website. You can download some of her articles on her profile on academia.edu. To hear what she might be like in class (or on a tour at the MET), listen to her talks on Islamic architecture on Smarthistory.org, a dynamic online art history textbook that is part of the Khan Academy: http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/mihrab.html


She is also a member of the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America, North America’s foremost Archaeological Institution.