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Professor and Curator
Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State St., Dept. of History of Art, 170F Tappan Hall
Office Location(s): 170F Tappan Hall and the Kelsey Museum
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Margaret Cool Root is Professor of Near Eastern and Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, holding teaching appointments in the Department of the History of Art and in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology. She is also Curator of Near Eastern and Greek Collections at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, where she has mounted many exhibitions on a wide range of topics (with accompanying publications). Her many awards include a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her research focuses on issues of art, social history, and historiography particularly involving studies of iconography, style, and identity politics. Specialist realms of analysis are the Achaemenid Persian empire and its complex interactions with ancient Greece. More broadly, she pursues studies both in traditions of monumental art, in traditions of seals as vehicles of stylistic and symbolic agency, all with special attention to problems of understanding intersecting circles of cultural engagement across time, place, and historiographically charged perception.
Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology434 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI