Philip Sapirstein

Philip Sapirstein

Philip Sapirstein, PhD (History of Art & Architecture) Cornell University
Assistant Professor, St. George Campus; Anthropology and Art History Department

Office: AP 138

Research Keywords: Mediterranean and Near Eastern art and architecture; pottery production; technology; digital archaeology

Research Region: Greece, Israel, Italy, Turkey

Research Bio

Dr. Philip Sapirstein received his doctorate in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University (2008), and from 2013–2019 he was an Assistant (promoted in 2019 to Associate) Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests are the history of art and architecture of the Mediterranean, in particular that of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. As one of the leading practitioners in Mediterranean archaeology in digital techniques, notably photogrammetry and 3D analysis, the digital humanities are another important aspect of his research.

Dr. Sapirstein has held numerous prestigious fellowships (e.g., from the NEH, ACLS, Mellon, Fulbright Foundation, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens) and has published widely on both the history and technology of Greek architecture and digital methods for their analysis.

Major Awards and Grants

Recent Awards: NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication  (Digital Architecture at Olympia) 2018–19


  • 2019
    • Sapirstein, P. and D. Scahill, eds. 2019. New directions and paradigms for the study of Greek architecture: interdisciplinary dialogues in the field, Brill.
  • 2018
    • Sapirstein, P. 2018. “A high-precision photogrammetric recording system for small artifacts,” Journal of Cultural Heritage 31: 33–45, with 10 pages supplemental materials.
  • 2017
    • Sapirstein, P. and S. Murray. 2017. “Establishing best practices for photogrammetry in archaeology,” Journal of Field Archaeology 42.4: 337–50.
  • 2016
    • Sapirstein, P. 2016. “The columns of the Heraion at Olympia: Dörpfeld and early Doric architecture,” American Journal of Archaeology 120.4: 565–601.
    •  Sapirstein, P. 2016. “Accurate measurement with photogrammetry at large sites,” Journal of Archaeological Science 66: 137–45.
  • 2013
    • Sapirstein, P. 2013. “Painters, Potters, and the Scale of the Attic Vase-Painting Industry,” American Journal of Archaeology 117.4: 493–510, with 47 pages supplemental materials.
  • 2012
    • Sapirstein, P. 2012. “The Monumental Archaic Roof of the Hera Temple at Mon Repos, Corfu,” Hesperia81: 31–91.