Susann Lusnia, Tulane University

Susann S. Lusnia

Lecture/Events Coordinator
Associate Professor
Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Jones Hall 210 A


Ph.D. in Classics, concentration in Classical Archaeology, University of Cincinnati, 1998
M.A. in Classics, University of Cincinnati, 1990
B.A. in Latin, University of Mary Washington (formerly Mary Washington College), 1985


Teaching Posts

1998-1999Assistant Professor, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome
1999-2000Acting Assistant Professor, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA
(now Randolph College)
2000-2003Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2003-2008Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2008-PresentAssociate Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2011-2012Faculty Scholar, Center for Public Service, Tulane University
2011-2013Director, Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome (Italy)

Administrative Posts

2011-2014Assistant Director for Classroom Engagement, Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, Tulane University
2014-2018Executive Director, CELT
2018-2021Department Chair, Classical Studies


Recent Grants & Awards

1991-1992Fulbright Grant: Rome, Italy
1994-1996Rome Prize Fellowship (Frank Brown-Samuel H. Kress Foundation), American Academy in Rome (Italy)
2003Friedrich Stoll Grant, Tulane University
2004COR Grant, Tulane University
2005Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
2006-2007Tulane University Research Enhancement Grant
2015Freidrich Stoll Grant, Tulane University
2015Lurcy Grant, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University
2016Samuel H. Kress Grant for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture, Archaeological Institute of America
2016Lurcy Grant, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University
2017Lavin Bernick Grant, Tulane University
2017Lurcy Grant, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University




Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus. Collection Latomus, v. 345. Bruxelles, 2014. (


“Julia Domna's Coinage and Severan Dynastic Propaganda," Latomus 54 (1995) 119-140.

"The Septizodium in Rome: A Political Image in Monumental Style." In Casey, J., Warnement, M., Whelton, J. & Wingenter, A. (eds.), Layfayette, IN, Bordighera Press (2000): 201-15.

“Urban Planning and Sculptural Display in Severan Rome: Reconstructing the Septizodium and its Role in Dynastic Politics,” American Journal of Archaeology 108 (2004): 517-544.

“Battle Imagery and Politics on the Severan Arch in the Forum.” In S. Dillon and K. Welch (eds.), Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2006): 272-299. (on Amazon)

"Redating the Septizodium and Severan Propaganda." In Mattusch, C., Donohue, A. & Brauer, A. (eds.), Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities (Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston, August 23-26, 2003). Oxford, Oxbow Books (2006): 196-9. (at David Brown Book Co.)

"Pompeii on the Mississippi: the view from New Orleans." In Traumatology 14.4 (2008): 67-74 (special issue on Hurricane Katrina).

Articles for Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Editors: R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, & S. Hübner): Rome, Severan and third century; Septimius Severus Pertinax Augustus, Lucius ; Didius Severus Julianus Augustus, Marcus; Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus Augustus, Marcus; Clodius Albinus, Decimus; Fulvius Plautianus, Gaius; and Julia Domna

In the News...

Article in The New Wave on TIDE course, Loot, Plunder & Pillage


Archaeology of Italy and the Roman Empire; Roman material culture and civilization; politics and propaganda in art and architecture; urban topography and monuments of Rome; monumentality in ancient art and architecture

Images from Lusnia's travels



  • CLAS 3120 Etruscans and Early Rome
  • CLAS 3180 Roman Art and Archaeology
  • CLAS 3190 Pompeii: Life in the Roman Town
  • CLAS 4200/6200 Monuments of Ancient Rome
  • CLAS 4220/6200 Roman Sculpture in Context; Ancient Paintings & Mosaics