Philip N. Sapirstein

Assistant Professor


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art and architecture
  • Digital humanities
  • Ceramics
  • Greeks and the East


Dr. Philip Sapirstein received his doctorate in Art History and Archaeology from Cornell University (2008), and from 2013–19 he was an Assistant (promoted in 2019 to Associate) Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests are the history of art and architecture of the Mediterranean, in particular that of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. As one of the leading practitioners in Mediterranean archaeology in digital techniques, notably photogrammetry and 3D analysis, the digital humanities are another important aspect of his research.

Dr. Sapirstein has held numerous prestigious fellowships (e.g., from the NEH, ACLS, Mellon, Fulbright Foundation, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens) and has published widely on both the history and technology of Greek architecture and digital methods for their analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Sapirstein, P. and D. Scahill, eds. 2020. New directions and paradigms for the study of Greek architecture: interdisciplinary dialogues in the field, Brill.
  • Sapirstein, P. 2018. “A high-precision photogrammetric recording system for small artifacts,” Journal of Cultural Heritage 31: 33–45, with 10 pages supplemental materials.
  • Sapirstein, P. and S. Murray. 2017. “Establishing best practices for photogrammetry in archaeology,” Journal of Field Archaeology 42.4: 337–50.
  • Sapirstein, P. 2016. “The columns of the Heraion at Olympia: Dörpfeld and early Doric architecture,” American Journal of Archaeology 120.4: 565–601.
  • Sapirstein, P. 2016. “Accurate measurement with photogrammetry at large sites,” Journal of Archaeological Science 66: 137–45.
  • Sapirstein, P. 2013. “Painters, Potters, and the Scale of the Attic Vase-Painting Industry,” American Journal of Archaeology 117.4: 493–510, with 47 pages supplemental materials.

Recent Awards

  • 2018–19 NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication (Digital Architecture at Olympia)


PhD, Cornell University, History of Art and Architecture

Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Jan 2021-present