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Assistant Professor
308 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3732
19th Century European Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Assistant Professor
309 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-1322
Classical Archaeology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
404 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3784
Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981
372 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-0352
Early Christian, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art
Ph.D., Courtald Institute of Art, University of London, 1989
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
403 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3789
History of Modern Architecture
Ph.D., Yale University, 1987
Associate Professor
307 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3774
American Art
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2001
Associate Professor
223 East Pyne
(609) 258-7258
20th Century Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art & Archaeology
314 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3790
20th Century Art
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1990
Assistant Professor
315 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-5319
Northern Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology
313 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3760
European Art and Architecture 1500-1800 in its Global Context; World Art History; Geography and Historiography of Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977; Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, Technische Universität Dresden, 2010; Doctor Historiae Artium Honoris Causa, Masaryk University, Brno, 2013
401 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-9098
Roman Art and Architecture; Hellenistic Art; Renaissance Antiquarianism
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1991
David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art
310 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-0914
History of Photography and Modern Art
Ph.D., Yale University, 1980
Associate Professor
305 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-7456
African and African Diaspora Art
Ph.D., Emory University, 2004
P. Y. & Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History
406 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-6249
Chinese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974
Assistant Professor
306 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3771
Contemporary Art and Criticism
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
316 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-9338
Japanese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994
Lecturer with Rank of Professor
Institute for Advanced Study
(609) 734-8000
Twentieth-century European and American Art
Director of the Art Museum
142 Art Museum
(609) 258-2870
18th-Century European Art
PhD, Oxford University, 1992
Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
304 McCormick Hall
European Art 1500-1800
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Art and Archaeology
204 Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8858
Classic Maya Art and Society
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007
Peter Jay Sharp, *52, Curator and Lecturer
251 Art Museum
(609) 258-8805
Art of the Ancient Americas
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2006
Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
205A Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8860
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012
311 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3797
Italian Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
312 McCormick Hall
Medieval and/or Renaissance-Baroque Architecture
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
Associate Professional Specialist
302 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-1423
Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1994
Research Staff
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3798
Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1983
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3794
History of Photography and Modern Art
372 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3778
Classical Art & Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971
(609) 258-3782
Early Christian/Byzantine Architecture and Monumental Decoration
Ph.D., New York University, 1971
(609) 258-3782
Chinese Art
Ph.D., Princeton, 1958
(609) 258-3782
20th-Century Art
(609) 258-3782
Northern Renaissance Art
Roman Art
Ph.D., Göttingen University, 1986
Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art & Archaeology
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3799
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3769
Classical Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1966
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology
Japanese Art
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1974
Christopher B. Sarofim '86 Professor of American Art, Emeritus
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3785
American Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1965
Christina Tsune Halperin
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Art and Archaeology
204 Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8858
Classic Maya Art and Society
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2007


Halperin is an anthropological archaeologist whose research examines ancient Maya politics from the perspectives of household political economies, gender, materiality, and everyday life. She has published extensively on topics such as Classic Maya textile production, ceramic figurines, polychrome pottery, and landscape archaeology. Her forthcoming book, Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household, will be published in spring 2014 by the University of Texas Press. This book examines the relationship between households and the state through the perspective of ceramic figurines and asserts that the state should be seen as a series of relationships produced both through its interaction with and constitution from households. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, a Fulbright IIE grant, the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Sciences, Inc., and Sigma Xi, as well as a number of fellowships and grants from the University of California, Riverside. She is also coeditor of the book Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena (2009), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.

At Princeton, Halperin has been a Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, and she is currently affiliated with the Program in Latin American Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Her activities and affiliations outside Princeton include the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the Society for Economic Anthropology, and Sigma Xi.

Teaching Interests

Halperin has taught introductory courses in archaeology, world prehistory, and Mesoamerican archaeology, and more advanced courses in archaeological theory, gender in Latin American states, ritual economy, gender and archaeology, Maya art, and the anthropology of religion and ritual.

In the spring 2014 semester, she will teach a freshman seminar on ceramics, FRS156, “Pottery: Art, Archaeology, and Technology,” and ART268, “Mesoamerican Material Culture.” Many of her courses involve experimental work (e.g., testing questions about the past through replication studies) and collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum so that students can examine ancient artifacts and artworks first hand:

Current Research

Halperin has conducted archaeological field investigations, laboratory analysis, and museum research at numerous sites in Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize since 1997. Currently, she is directing the North Central Tayasal Archaeological Project at the site of Tayasal, Peten, Guatemala, where she investigates changes in household practices between the Classic and Postclassic periods. This work has stimulated new investigations, looking at cultural heritage and ruins from an archaeological perspective. She also serves as the principal investigator of the Maya Lowlands Regional Figurine Project, in which she has identified broad regional trends in the production, distribution, and iconography of small figurative images and has trained students in the analysis of ceramic figurines. Halperin is a principal collaborator in a Maya ceramic paint analysis project, a project involving specialists from Princeton University and institutions across the country to detect the chemical and mineralogical composition of Classic Maya polychrome vessel pastes and paints as a means to examine political networks through the production and gifting of portable media.

Selected Publications

Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household (University of Texas Press, forthcoming 2014)

“Circulation as Place-making: Late Classic Maya Polities and Portable Objects,” American Anthropologist 116.1 (2014)

“The Political Economy of Motul de San José Figurines.” In Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity, edited by Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery (University Press of Florida, 2012)

“Late Classic (ca. A.D. 600–900) Maya Textile Political Economies: An Object History Approach,” in Weaving Across Time and Space: The Political Economy of Textiles, edited by Walter Little and Patricia McAnany (AltaMira Press, 2011)

With Antonia E. Foias, “Pottery Politics: Late Classic Maya Palace Production at Motul de San José, Petén, Guatemala,” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29 (2010)

Coeditor, with, Katherine A. Faust, Rhonda Taube, and Aurora Giguet, Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena (University Press of Florida, 2009)

With Ronald L. Bishop, Ellen Spensley, and James M. Blackman, “Late Classic (A.D. 600–900) Maya Market Exchange: Modal, Petrographic, and Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis of Figurines from the Motul de San José Region, Guatemala,” Journal of Field Archaeology 34.4 (2009)

“Classic Maya Textile Production: Insights from Motul de San José, Petén, Guatemala,” Ancient Mesoamerica 19 (2008)

“Economic Representations in Archaeology: Cultural Evolution, Gender, and Craft Production.” In Economic Representations: Both Academic and Everyday, edited by David F. Ruccio (Routledge, 2008)

“Social Power and Sacred Space at Actun Nak Beh, Belize.” In Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context, edited by Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady (University Press of Colorado, 2005)