Examining miniature objects with great impact

Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture

Department of Art History

Meadows School of the Arts

Meadows School Professor Stephanie Langin-Hooper’s primary research analyzes the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia utilizing perspectives of miniaturization affect, postcolonialism, gender theory and materiality.

Langin-Hooper is a new endowed chair in the Art History, made possible by a bequest of the late SMU Distinguished Teaching Professor Karl Kilinski II. The department’s momentum is bringing emerging scholars and leaders from around the country to Meadows School of the Arts.

Langin-Hooper’s forthcoming book project, Life in Miniature: Figurines, Identities, and Social Negotiation in Hellenistic Babylonia, investigates the role of miniature objects as agents of social change and identity production within the multicultural communities of southern Iraq during the Greek-influenced periods (c. 330 BCE-200 CE) following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Her other research interests include miniaturization in the broader Hellenistic world, monuments and issues of monumentality in Mesopotamian art history, and Hellenistic Babylonian prosopography.

She also is a contributing partner of the digital humanities projects HBTIN (Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, and Names) and BPS (Berkeley Prosopography Services).