Will Austin is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on Greek art history and archaeology. He received his B.A. (high honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Oberlin College in classics and archaeology, his M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Greek and Latin. He also received an M.A. in art and archaeology from Princeton. Will’s dissertation examines the function and materiality of ornament in Classical Greek vase-painting, architecture, and funerary relief. He is also interested more broadly in the historiography of ornament and the role it has played in the development of art historical theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to his dissertation, Will has co-authored a catalogue of the Princeton University Art Museum’s red-figure pottery with Dr. Michael Padgett.
Will has excavated in the Abruzzo, Italy with the Sangro Valley Archaeological Project, in the Athenian Agora with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and in Molyvoti, Thrace with Princeton University. He also participated in the American School’s summer session in 2015 and was the Bert Hodge Hill Fellow at the American School during the 2021–2022 academic year.