Elizabeth Macaulay

Elizabeth Macaulay

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


  • D.Phil., Oxford University

Currently On Leave: Returning Fall 2023

Elizabeth Macaulay 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 is Chairperson of Smarthistory's Governing Board and serves as an Acquiring Editor. She served as a general trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America from 2020-2023 and she was the Museum Reviews Editor at the American Journal of Archaeology from 2021-2023.

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: 

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

Courses Taught

  • 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



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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.