Dillon Gisch is currently Arthur Ross / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford University.

His dissertation investigates how ancient viewers understood replication and difference in images of "modest Venus" in the Roman world. He also has broad interests in Hellenistic and Roman visual culture; social archaeology and art history; the historiographies of classical art and archaeology; gender and ethnicity; collecting, museum, and heritage ethics; and the analysis of humanistic legacy data.

Previously, he received his BA in Classical Studies and Art History with Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has worked as a gallerist of early modern and modern (1450–1970) European, American, and Japanese graphic art on paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He has also excavated in central Italy at Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and Cosa. One portion of his ongoing dissertation research has been featured on The Europe Center's website.

Honors & Awards

  • Arthur Ross / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (2020–2021)
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University (2019–2020)
  • The Europe Center Grant, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2019)

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Classical Archaeology
  • M.A., Stanford University, Anthropology (emphasis in Heritage Ethics)
  • B.A., University of Washington, Classical Studies and Art History (with Distinction), summa cum laude (2013)


  • Replication and Difference in Images of ‘Modest Venus,’ 200 BCE–600 CE, Department of Classics, Stanford University


    Stanford, CA