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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 forthcoming book project, Life in Miniature: Figurines, Identities, and Social Negotiation in Hellenistic Babylonia, investigates the role of miniature objects as agents of social change and identity production within the multicultural communities of southern Iraq during the Greek-influenced periods (c. 330 BCE-200 CE) following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Langin-Hooper recently curated an exhibition on this topic at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). Her other research interests include miniaturization in the broader Hellenistic world, monuments and issues of monumentality in Mesopotamian art history, and Hellenistic Babylonian prosopography.

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

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.


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


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.


Art and culture of ancient Greece, the ancient Near East, and the Hellenistic world; Miniaturization and postcolonial theory.


Peer-reviewed Articles:

“Seleucid-Parthian Figurines from Babylon in the Nippur Collection: Implications of Misattribution and Re-evaluating the Corpus,” IRAQ, Volume 78, 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, Co-authored:

Stephanie 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 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 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.

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