Sarah Elizabeth Madole

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Assistant Professor of Art
Music and Art


Office: F-1130X

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5579

Associate Professor of Art History Sarah Madole Lewis received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2012. Her primary area of expertise is in the art and archaeology of the ancient world, with a specialization in Roman sarcophagi, regional contexts and social experience.

Before arriving at BMCC in 2014, Professor Madole Lewis taught art history at a number of New York City institutions. She has lectured widely to both public and private audiences in museum and gallery settings.

In recent years Professor Madole Lewis has held a BMCC Faculty Development Grant for research in Lebanon, and for research on sarcophagi and catacombs in Rome she received a Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society and was named Shohet Scholar of the International Catacomb Society. She has worked at several archaeological excavations including those at Aphrodisias and Caesarea Maritima. Her research has taken her from Spain to Syria, and many places in between, most consistently to Italy, Greece and Turkey.



  • B.A. Skidmore College, Religion,2001
  • M.A. New York University, History of Art,2006
  • Ph.D. New York University, History of Art and Archaeology,2012

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • A new project considers an Attic battle sarcophagus from Tyre, in southern Lebanon. Compared to the plain, unfinished sarcophagi that typify the Tyrian necropolis, this and several other similarly-themed Attic examples stand out. Who were these enterprising patrons, and why did they opt for such a strong statement of identity politics in the chaotic third century? This study explores provincial identities, regional contexts and the sarcophagus trade.
  • A related project explores strigillated sarcophagi found in Eastern Mediterranean contexts within their local funerary landscapes.
  • An ongoing project explores various interior features of sarcophagi found across the Mediterranean, how these reflect mortuary customs and intersect with decoration on the sarcophagus exterior.



  • “A Case Study in Attribution: Two East Greek Sarcophagi in Italy,” Roemische Mitteilungen 124 (2018), 269-299
  • “A Mythological Frieze Sarcophagus from Aphrodisias Depicting the Birth of Dionysos,” American Journal of Archaeology 122.1 (2018), 145-168


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Research Fellowship
    American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010
  • Travel Fellowship
    American Research Institute in Turkey, 2009-2010
  • Shohet Scholarship
    International Catacomb Society, 2016-2017
  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant
    For research in Lebanon, 2017-2018
  • Franklin Research Grant
    American Philosophical Society, 2018-2019
  • PSC-CUNY Research Award Cycle 49, 2018-2019

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