Ivo Van der Graaff

Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824
Ivo van der Graaff

Ivo van der Graaff is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He earned his combined BA and MA in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on Greek and Roman art and architecture. Dr. van der Graaff has participated in archaeological research projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, and Italy. He co-directs and collaborates on projects examining the ancient Bay of Naples and Etruria. Among his main interests are urbanism and the development of group identities in the ancient world with a focus on Pompeii and the Italian peninsula.


  • Ph.D., Art History, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., University of Amsterdam
  • B.A., Archaeology, University of Amsterdam

Research Interests

  • 3D Modeling / Visualization
  • Ancient urbanism and urban landscapes (ancient urbanism and urban landscapes)
  • Archaeological methods and theory
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the ancient Bay of Naples
  • Architecture
  • Architecture History
  • History & Appreciation of Art
  • Roman, Greek, and Etruscan art

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 440: Honors/From Digging to Digital
  • ARTS 480: Introduction to Art History
  • ARTS 674: Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTS 675: Roman Art and Architecture
  • HUMA 510: Ancient World

Selected Publications

van der Graaff, I., & Ellis, S. J. R. (2017). Minerva, urban defenses, and the continuity of cult at Pompeii. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 30, 283-300. doi:10.1017/S1047759400074122