Crispin (Cris) Corrado has spent her entire career creating, leading, and teaching academic programs in Italy and Greece. A classical archaeologist specializing in Roman art, Professor Corrado has taught American undergraduate and graduate students in Rome, Italy, for the past 20 years. She currently teaches at several universities in Rome, including the University of California, John Cabot University, the American University of Rome, the University of Maryland, and the Catholic University of America.
Professor Corrado received a B.A. in Classical Studies and an M.A. in Art History at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at Brown University. She has worked in a curatorial capacity in the departments of ancient art at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; the RISD Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Vatican Museums. For several summers, she was also involved with research projects and excavations at Pompeii.
Her research interests and publications focus on ancient Greek and Roman wall painting and sculpture, as well as funerary and domestic architecture. Professor Corrado is currently working on an exciting project that aims to identify and correctly categorize aedicular tombs and statues in the ancient Roman landscape. She presents guest lectures on the topic, and her co-authored article on a related topic, the Monument of Eurysaces, is out for review. She is also co-authoring a textbook on ancient Rome.
Professor Corrado is highly involved in the protection of cultural heritage, and has been a longtime member of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA). Her focus in the field is the study and prevention of the looting of ancient objects in Italy, and their illicit sale around the world.
One of Professor Corrado’s greatest joys is accompanying groups in Italy and Greece. In addition to leading university trips, she has guided returning student/continuing education tours, and she created an international high school summer abroad program in the city of Rome, which she directed for 10 years. Professor Corrado is the founder of the Rome Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.