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Katherine A. Rask

K.A. Rask

Assistant Professor & Internship Coordinator
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 409
Phone: 412.396.6145


Ph.D., History of Art, The Ohio State University, 2012
M.A., Classical Archaeology, Florida State University, 2005
B.A., History, Virginia Tech, 2002
B.S., Business Management, Virginia Tech, 2002
Courses Offered

See what's happening in Dr. Rask's classes on her teaching website, The Debris Field 

Duquesne University:

Constantine and Christianity
Cult & Cosmos in Athens, Study Abroad Spring Breakaway
Greek Bronze Age
Greek Religion
Introduction to Archaeology
Latin 201
Latin 202
Latin 306
Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius
Roman Archaeology
Roman History
Summer Study Abroad:  Archaeology in the Field, Community Archaeology

University of Tennessee:

Western Art I
Western Art II

The Ohio State University:

History of Western Art I
From Rome to Europe and Beyond
Greek and Latin Background in Scientific Terminology
Greek Religion
History of Western Art II
Art of the Ancient World

Florida State University:

Beginning Latin I
Ancient Myth: East and West
Classical Myth

Fellowships and Awards

Faculty Development Grant, Duquesne University, 2016.

Wimmer Research Grant, Duquesne University, 2015.

Nomination, Chancellor's Award of Excellence in Teaching, University of Tennessee, 2014.

Presidential Fellowship, Ohio State University, 2011-2012.

G. Micheal Riley International Travel Award, 2011.

Post-prospectus Research Quarter Award, Ohio State University, 2011.

P.E.O. Scholar Award, Philanthropic Educational Organization, 2009-2010.

Bert Hodge Hill Fellowship, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2008-2009.

A.G. Woodhead Prize, Ohio State University, 2007.

Pyne Murnane Travel Grant, Ohio State University, 2007, 2008, 2010.

University Fellowship, History of Art, Ohio State University, 2005-2006.


Conference Papers

Session Chair, From Snout to Tail: Exploring the Greek Sacrificial Animal from the Literary, Epigraphical, Iconographical, and Zooarchaeological Evidence, 2016. Uppsala University.

Work as devotion in ancient Greece, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Eastern International Region, May 2016.

Devotional work: making luxury textiles and dressing the gods, American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference, University of Colorado, March 2015.

The Courtyard Altar at Etruscan Poggio Colla: Animal sacrifice and Topographic Placement, Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 2013.

Ritual Theory and the Interpretation of Ancient Greek Religious Art. College Art Association, February 2012.

Tainiai of the Divine and the Dead: Material Culture Common to Cemeteries and Shrines in Fifth-century Athens. Annual Meetings of the American Philological Association, January 2012.

Artistic Change and Religious Conservatism: Votives in the Greek Sanctuary. Graduate conference at The University of Virginia, March 2010.

Whose Sign Is It Anyway: Seal Use in Geometric through Classical Greece, Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 2009.

An Etruscan Stag of Wondrous Beauty: A Response to Jonathan Z. Smith and Domesticated Sacrifice, delivered at 'On the border: animals, hybrids and monsters in ancient cultures', a conference cosponsored by the Centro Antropologia e Mondo Antico, Università degli Studi di Siena and the Focus Program in Mediterranean Religions and Cultures, The Ohio State University; in Columbus OH, January 2008.

The Elusive Etruscan Cult Statue, Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America, January 2008.

Near East Influence on the Dioskouroi: Meslamtaea, Lugalirra and Twin Door Gods, delivered at 'Sacred Images in the Ancient Mediterranean', a conference co-sponsored by the Centro Antropologia e Mondo Antico, Università degli Studi di Siena and the Focus Program in Mediterranean Religions and Cultures, The Ohio State University; in Siena, Italy, June 2006.(A version of this paper was also delivered at CAMWS in April 2007.)

An Etruscan Door God or Two: the Ianitores Terrestris and the Piacenza Liver. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), March/April 2005.

Liminal spaces in Etruria. Graduate conference at the University of Missouri-Columbia, March 2004.

Invited Talks

‘Presence,' absence, and materiality in Mediterranean devotional encounters, Archaeologicalmerica National Lecture, Columbus, OH, April 2015.

Poggio Colla's Altar and Ritual Space in Etruria, Virginia Tech, November 2013.

Touching Stone and Seeing God: Cult Images in Ancient Etruria, Virginia Tech, March 2008.

Beyond the Etruscan Cult Image: Approaching the Archaeological Evidence for Ritual and Sculpture, Ohio State University, November 2007.


Digital Humanities Project 

3D Scanning Ancient Religion 

Project Leader, 3D-Scanning Material Religion, Athens and Corinth, 2016.

Instructor/Field supervisor, Poggio Colla Field School and Mugello Valley Archaeological
Project, summer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Italy.

Trench supervisor, ASCSA Excavations at Ancient Corinth, 2009, Greece. Session 1 ReportSession 2 Report

Field Assistant, Australian Paliochora-Kythera Archaeological Survey, study season 2006,Greece.

Field Assistant, Architectural survey at the Argive Heraion, summer 2005, Greece.

Field Assistant, Excavation at Mandra on Despotiko, summer 2001, 2002, 2003, Greece.