Assistant Professor of Art History
Focuses on the Bronze and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia

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Serdar Yalcin is a specialist in the art and archeology of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean with a special focus on the Bronze and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia. His research interests include art and identity, gender and representation, artistic interconnections in the ancient world, and western antiquarianism and the formation of the European and American antiquities collections. Prior to Macalester, Dr. Yalcin taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in ancient and western art history, and museum studies at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design in New York. He has been awarded fellowships and awards from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pierpont Morgan Library, Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul. His current book project is on the expression of identity in the Mesopotamian and Syrian cylinder seals, ca. 1550 – 1050 B.C. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Yalcin is also an active member of the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments and Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation Projects.

Course offerings include:

ART 160 – Art of the West I
ART 280 – Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
ART 281 – Art and Architecture of Ancient Near East
ART 282 – Art and Architecture of the Islamic World
ART 283 – Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome
ART 284 – Art and Architecture of Byzantium and Medieval Europe
ART 285 – Making of Imperial Cities: Babylon, Rome, and Constantinople
ART 380 – Art and Iconoclasm from the Ancient World to Early Modern Era

B.A. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (2002)
M.A. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (2005)
Ph.D. Columbia University, New York (2014)


Additional Info

Serdar Yalcin, assistant professor of Art History, co-authored an article in the 2019 Journal of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, with 4 other scholars from the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments Project of Columbia University. It is a preliminary report of their survey on a Parthian period citadel gate in northern Iraq. Serdar joined the faculty in Fall 2017. His research interests include history, art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East from the late fourth millennium BC to Greco-Roman antiquity. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2014.