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Allison Karmel Thomason

Allison Thomason

Graduate Program Co-Director
Peck Hall 1225


Allison Thomason is a professor in the Department of Historical Studies. She teaches courses on ancient history, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. She also teaches in the World History and Western Civilization course sequences. Her research and public scholarship examine the texts, images, and material culture of the ancient Near East, with special focus on Mesopotamia. She is particularly interested in the social and cultural history of the region prior to the advent of Classical civilizations. She has traveled and studied in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. She has excavated in both Greece and the Middle East and held a fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

She has published a monograph about collecting and museums in ancient Mesopotamia (2005) and several articles in journals and anthologies. She is currently conducting research on dress and textiles in ancient Mesopotamia and their bearing on lived experience. Professor Thomason is also on the board of the Classical Club of St. Louis.

Research Focus

Ancient History
History of the Ancient Near East and Mesopotamia
Women Studies
Material Culture Studies
History of Collecting and Museums
Art History
Dress and Textiles

Courses Taught

World History I: Prehistory to 1500 CE
History of Western Civilization I: Ancient Rome
History of Western Civilization II: 1815 to Present
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome to 30 BCE
Ancient Mesopotamia
Women in the Ancient World
Graduate Seminar on Social and Cultural History of the Ancient World
Graduate Seminar on Orientalism


PhD, Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 1999
MA, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1993
BA, Old World Art and Archaeology, Brown University, 1991

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