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Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper is assistant professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture in the Department of Art History at Southern Methodist University. Her primary research analyzes the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia utilizing perspectives of miniaturization affect, postcolonialism, gender theory and materiality.

Her book on this topic, Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia: Miniaturization and Cultural Hybridity, is under contract with Cambridge University Press (expected publication in 2020). Miniaturization is also the focus of a volume that Dr. Langin-Hooper co-edited with S. Rebecca Martin of Boston University. Published by Oxford University Press in 2018, this book is entitled The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World. Langin-Hooper’s other research interests include monuments and issues of monumentality in Mesopotamian art history, and Hellenistic Babylonian prosopography.

Her work is also concerned with issues of archaeological provenance and looting; see for instance her 2016 article in IRAQ and her involvement in the case of 12 Roman mosaic fragments repatriated from Bowling Green State University to Turkey.

Langin-Hooper is a contributing partner of the digital humanities projects HBTIN (Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, and Names) and BPS (Berkeley Prosopography Services).

Dr. Langin-Hooper received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Her doctoral field was ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology, with a concentration in Mesopotamian art history. She received a master of philosophy degree (with distinction) in world archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2005 and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, in anthropology and ancient mythology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Prior to joining the faculty at SMU, Langin-Hooper was assistant professor of ancient art history at Bowling Green State University from 2011 through 2014.

Education

Ph.D., ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology, with a concentration in Mesopotamian art history, University of California, Berkeley
M.Phil, world archaeology, University of Oxford
B.A., summa cum laude, in anthropology and ancient mythology, University of Pennsylvania

Research

Miniaturization affect and cross-cultural interaction in the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia; issues of scale and performativity in Mesopotamian monuments; text-image relationship in Ancient Near Eastern art.

Teaching

“Mummies to Gladiators” survey of ancient art history (Paleolithic to fall of Roman Empire); Art, archaeology, and culture of ancient Greece, the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, and the Hellenistic world; Classical Sculpture; War and looting of art in the ancient world, and the modern antiquities market, looting, and collecting practices; Miniaturization and postcolonial theory.

Teaching Awards

Golden Mustang Award, 2017

Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center PAT Teaching Award, 2017

Publications

Books

Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia: Miniaturization and Cultural Hybridity, under contract with Cambridge University Press (expected publication in 2020).

S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper (editors). 2018. The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York. 

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:

“Stronger at the Broken Places: Affect in Hellenistic Babylonian Miniatures with Separately Made and Attached Limbs,” in S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper (eds): The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York. 2018, p. 116-144.

“Gender Experiments in Hellenistic Babylonian Figurines,” in S. Svärd and A. Garcia Ventura (eds): Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA. 2018, p. 203-231.

“Seleucid-Parthian Figurines from Babylon in the Nippur Collection: Implications of Misattribution and Re-evaluating the Corpus,” IRAQ, Volume 78 (2016), p. 49-77.

“Fascination with the Tiny: Social Negotiation through Miniatures in Hellenistic Babylonia,” World Archaeology, Volume 47.1 (2015), p. 60-79.

“Performance and Monumentality in the 'Altar of Tukulti-Ninurta',” in J.F. Osborne (ed.): Approaching Monumentality in Archaeology, SUNY Press, Albany. 2014, p. 385-407.

“Terracotta Figurines and Social Identities in Hellenistic Babylonia,” in M.H. Feldman and B. Brown (eds): Critical Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Art, De Gruyter, Berlin and Boston. 2013, p. 451-479.

“Problematizing Typology and Discarding the Colonialist Legacy: Approaches to Hybridity in the Terracotta Figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia,” Archaeological Review from Cambridge, Special Issue “Archaeology and Cultural Mixture,” Volume 28.1 (2013), p. 95-113.

“Social Networks and Cross-Cultural Interaction: A New Interpretation of the Female Terracotta Figurines of Hellenistic Babylon,” Oxford Journal of Archaeology, Volume 26.2 (2007), p. 145-165.

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters, Co-authored:

S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper. “In/Complete: An Introduction to the Theories of Miniaturization and Fragmentation,” in S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper (eds): The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York. 2018, p. 1-23.

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper and Laurie Pearce. “Mammonymy, Maternal-Line Names and Cultural Identification: Clues from the Onomasticon of Hellenistic Uruk,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 134.2 (2014). p. 185-202.

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper, S. Rebecca Martin, and Mehmet Önal (with R. Molholt). “Zeugma as the Provenance of 12 Mosaic Fragments at Bowling Green State University,” Journal of Roman Archaeology, Volume 26 (2013), p. 439-455.

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper and Terri Tanaka. “Bringing the Near Eastern Past to Life: 'Lived Experiences' as Strategies for Student-Directed Learning,” Near Eastern Archaeology, Dig-it-al NEA Forum: Teaching Archaeology to Undergraduates, 2011, p. 1-18.

Exhibitions Curated:

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: “Life in Miniature: Identity and Display at Ancient Seleucia-on-the-Tigris,” Co-curated with Sharon Herbert, open to the public December 20, 2013 – April 27, 2014

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