Will Austin is a first year graduate student with a focus on Greek art history and archaeology. He received his B.A. (high honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Oberlin College in Classics and Archaeology and his M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Greek and Latin. In 2015, Will also participated in the Summer Session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
Will’s research currently focuses on the development of style and narrative techniques in Archaic Athenian vase painting. With his background in Greek and Latin, Will is particularly interested in the ways in which literary evidence can be used to shed light on questions of style and narrative in the visual world. In 2016, he presented his research in this area at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic states, delivering a paper entitled “Poetic Techne in Vase Painting.” In addition to his art historical interests, Will served as an assistant trench supervisor on the Sangro Valley Archaeological Project and as a volunteer excavator in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora. He was also the assistant instructor for two University of Maryland study abroad trips to Rome.