Ivo Van der Graaff

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

Ivo van der Graaff is Associate 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. He held a two-year postdoctoral position at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. 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

  • ARTH 474: Intro to Architectural History
  • ARTH 674: Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 695: Top/Etruscan Art&PreRoman Ital
  • ARTS 440A: Honors/From Digging to Digital
  • ARTS 480: Introduction to Art History
  • ARTS 574: Intro to Architectural History
  • ARTS 674: Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTS 675: Roman Art and Architecture
  • HUMA 510A: Ancient Humanities

Selected Publications

van der Graaff, I., & Poehler, E. (2021). Tracing procession routes for the principal cults in Pompeii. Open Arts Journal. doi:10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2021s07

Van der Graaff, I., Gee, R., Muslin, J., & Clarke, J. (2020). The Row Houses of Oplontis B. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 33, 113-128. doi:10.1017/S104775942000094X

Van der Graaff, I. (n.d.). Pompeii, Origins through Destruction. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/obo/9780190922467-0040

Van der Graaff, I. (2019). The Recovered Tympanum of Cubiculum 11: A New Document for the Study of City Walls. In J. Clarke, & N. Muntasser (Eds.), Oplontis Villa A (“of Poppaea”) at Torre Annunziata, Italy, vol. 2, Decorative Ensembles: Paintings, Stucco, Pavements, Sculpture (pp. 489-500). Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/2027/fulcrum.tb09j7416

Van der Graaff, I., Thomas, M., Wilkinson, P., Muslin, J., Clarke, J., Muntasser, N., & Di Maio, G. (2019). First Results of Three Seasons of Excavation at Oplontis B (2016-18). FOLD&R, 430, 1-25. Retrieved from http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2019-430.pdf

Van der Graaff, I. (2018). The Fortifications of Pompeii and Ancient Italy. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

Jaskot, P. B., & Van Der Graaff, I. (2017). Historical Journals as Digital Sources: Mapping Architecture in Germany, 1914-24. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS, 76(4), 483-505. doi:10.1525/jsah.2017.76.4.483

van der Graaff, I., & Ellis, S. J. R. (2017). Minerva, urban defenses, and the continuity of cult at Pompeii. JOURNAL OF ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY, 30, 281-298. doi:10.1017/S1047759400074122

Van der Graaff, I., Muslin, J., Thomas, M., Wilkinson, P., Clarke, J. R., & Muntasser, N. K. (2016). Preliminary Notes on Two Research Campaigns at Oplontis B (2014-2015). Fasti Online Documents & Research : Italia, 1-9.

Van der Graaff, I. (2016). Ten Seasons of Excavations at Oplontis. In E. K. Gazda, & J. R. Clarke (Eds.), Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii (pp. 22-27).

Van der Graaff, I., Thomas, M., & Wilkinson, P. (2013). The Excavations at Oplontis Villa B: Preliminary Results of the 2012 and 2013 Seasons. Fasti Online Documents & Research : Italia, 295, 1-9.

van der Graaff, I., Poppen, R. V., & Nales, T. (2010). The Advantages and Limitations of Coring Survey: An Initial Assessment of the Poggio Colla Coring Project. Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, 0(2009), 53. doi:10.16995/trac2009_53_65