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Susann S. Lusnia
Associate Professor
Department Chair
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

1998-9 Assistant Professor, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome
1999-2000 Acting Assistant Professor, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA
(now Randolph College)
2000-2003 Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2003-8 Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2008- Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2011-12 Faculty Scholar, Center for Public Service, Tulane University
2011-13 Director, Classical Summer School, American Academy in Rome (Italy)

Administrative Posts

2011- Assistant Director for Classroom Engagement, Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, Tulane University

Recent Grants & Awards

  • Weiss Presidential Fellow (award for excellence in undergraduate teaching), 19 May 2007, Tulane University, New Orleans [news link]
  • Phase II Research Enhancment Grant ($12,520), for research in Italy, 2006-7, Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Franklin Research Grant ($5,000), for research in Italy, summer 2005, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia


Book: (in press, Collection Latomus, Belgium)

Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus


“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 Domn

Works in Progress:

“Bacchus and Hercules in Severan Rome: Re-examining a Colossal Temple on the Quirinal Hill.” Article in manuscript stage.

Conference Papers


“The Imagery of War and the Severan Public Monuments,” CAMWS, April 4, Austin, TX

“Propaganda and the City: The Case of Severan Rome,” presented at the Association of Ancient Historians meeting , April 25-28, Savannah, GA

“War and Politics in Severan Art,” Southeastern College Art Conference, October 25, Mobile, AL

“The Date of the Septizodium: A New Proposal,” CAMWS Southern Section, November 7, Birmingham, AL


“Redating the Septizodium and Severan Propaganda,” 16th International Congress, Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica, August 23-26, Boston, MA


“The Date of the Septizodium Reconsidered,” 105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 2-5, San Francisco, CA


“Reconsidering the Colossal Temple on Rome’s Quirinal Hill,” 108th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 4-7, San Diego, CA

"Pompeii on the Mississippi: the view from New Orleans," at the 9th BIRTHA conference, Ruins and Reconstructions: Pompeii in the Popular Imagination, 17-19 July 2007, University of Bristol, England


"Engendering reflection and community engagement: two approaches to teaching Pompeii," at Teaching Pompeii in a Liberal Arts Setting: Contexts, Interdisciplinarity, and Collaboration, workshop held 4 – 6 February, at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

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