Mark Hodge is a Visiting Assistant Professor and the supervisor for University Gallery's undergraduate internship. He received his Ph.D. in Art History with a certificate in Curatorial Studies from the University of Florida in 2021. His research interests include the art of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in Europe and the perception and reception of that art in later periods.
His dissertation is entitled “Dialectical Semblance: Blank Portraiture on Third- And Fourth-Century Roman Sarcophagi.” It examines the widespread utilization of sarcophagi featuring blank portraits (sometimes called “unfinished portraits”) within the later Roman empire. It aligns the emergence of these blank portraits with the culmination of trends in both material production and funerary representation that developed in Roman society up to the third century.