Najee Olya

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Chicago, Illinois
B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago (2012)
M.A. University of Arizona (2014)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Art History


Najee’s dissertation, tentatively titled “Constructing the African in Ancient Greek Vase-Painting: Images, Meanings, and Contexts,” is an exploration of visual representations of African individuals which appear on the painted ceramics that were produced in ancient Athens and then widely disseminated across the Mediterranean. He has his presented aspects of his doctoral project in conference papers, invited lectures, and panel discussions both in the United States and abroad. Najee has also received multiple grants and fellowships in support of his research, including funds from the Raven Society and the American Philosophical Society. In addition, for the 2019-2020 academic year, Najee was a Regular Member and recipient of the Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). During the 2021-2022 academic year, he will return to the ASCSA as one of the inaugural recipients of the William Sanders Scarborough Fellowship. As a field archaeologist, Najee has worked at excavations in both Italy and Greece; since 2018 he has been a member of the museum team for the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Arcadia, Greece.

Thesis Description:

Constructing the African in Ancient Greek Vase-Painting: Images, Meanings, and Contexts

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