Stephanie Polos

PhD Student


Stephanie Polos is a first-year PhD student in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. Her study interests lie in Archaic and Classical Greek art, with a focus on vase-painting, iconography, and representations of gender and non-conformity in Greek art.

Stephanie holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Anthropology, graduating summa cum laude from Humboldt State University in 2015. She earned an M.A. in Classics, graduating with honors from San Francisco State University in 2019. Her M.A. thesis, “Anacreontic or Dionysian?: Ethnic and Gender Ambiguity on the Anacreontic Vases,” investigates the imagery of the “Anacreontic” vases (c. 525-480 BCE) and argues that the figures, whose appearances are often described as imitating women or easterners, are instead mimicking Dionysian iconography.

Stephanie has also supplemented her academic background with experience abroad. She has participated in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ summer session (2016), the Via Consolare Project’s excavation in Pompeii (2018), and the Agora Excavations in Athens (2019). 

Headshot by Craig Mauzy with the Agora Excavations