Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University. In 1996, she was awarded a MacArthur fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion. A field archaeologist, Connelly has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where, since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition. She is an honorary citizen of Peyia Municipality, Cyprus.
Her Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece was named a Notable Book of 2007 by the New York Times Book Review. It won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award and was named best scholarly/professional book in Classics and Ancient History by the Association of American Publishers.
The Parthenon Enigma won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for its contribution to the humanities in 2015. It was named a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. The Daily Beast named it one of the year’s top ten works of nonfiction while Metropolis Magazine named it among the Top Ten Books in Architecture and Design. The U.S. edition (Knopf) and U.K. edition (Head of Zeus) of The Parthenon Enigma will soon be joined by translations in Greek (Patakis Press) and Chinese (Owl Publishing House).
Prof. Connelly has held visiting fellowships at All Souls College, Magdalen College, New College, and Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NYU's Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence, and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching Award. From 2003 – 2011, she served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of State.
Joan Connelly majored in Classics at Princeton University and received her PhD in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, where she later served as Assistant Dean and as a member of the Board of Trustees.