Robert Vander Poppen is an Assistant Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology (Archaeology Program Coordinator). He has been at Rollins since 2008. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Vander Poppen's teaching and research interests are Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Archaeology, with a special emphasis on rural communities, urbanism, social history and archaeological field methodology.
Dr. Vander Poppen teaches introductory courses on Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Archaeology, as well as the first half of the Introductory Art History Survey. In addition to teaching Art History courses, he contributes to the curricula of both the Classics and Archaeology programs. He has offered advanced courses on the Archaeology of the Ancient City, Ancient Slavery, and Food and Dining in Antiquity in recent years.
Dr. Vander Poppen serves as the Program Coordinator for the Archaeology Minor. He also serves as the campus coordinator for College Year in Athens (CYA) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) Rome program.
Currently, Dr. Vander Poppen is working on a number of research projects. With a group of colleagues from the University of Texas and the University of Amsterdam he is exploring the way that Etruscan and Roman settlements interacted with their natural landscapes. In addition, he is studying Etruscan pottery production and kiln technology. Dr. Vander Poppen also conducts research on interaction between Romans and native peoples, especially surrounding the way that the decolonization movement has impacted narratives of acculturation.