Ph.D. Art History, Duke University (in progress). Dissertation: “The Dead among the Living: Mapping Death in Classical Athens.” Directors: Carla Antonaccio and Sheila Dillon.
B.A. Greek and Latin, Tulane University. 2011. Cum laude. Honors in Classical Studies. Thesis: “The Horse and Groom Relief in Athens.” Director: Jane Carter.
Tim Shea is a PhD Candidate at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies working under the direction of Sheila Dillon and Carla Antonaccio. His research considers the human processes that bring sculpture from quarry to statue base and eventually to the archaeological context in which we discover them. His dissertation, ‘The Dead among the Living: Mapping Death in Classical Athens,' situates now-scattered Classical Attic tombstones in their original cemetery contexts and focuses on the relationship between cemetery and settlement in Attica. He incorporates the work from his dissertation into the Digital Athens Project, which maps the archaeological remains of ancient Athens uncovered in rescue excavations. The eventual goal of this project is to have a complete plan of ancient Athens. He has worked as a volunteer at the Agora Excavations in Athens (2011) and at the Morgantina Excavations in Sicily (2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016) and as a trench supervisor at the Azoria Project in Crete from 2013-2015.