Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Jon Frey


frey.pngAssociate Professor, Classical Studies
Art History & Visual Culture
105 D Kresge Art Center
P 517-355-0237



Jon Frey received his BA in Ancient History and Classics from the Ohio State University and his MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of French Classics and Italian since 2007 where he teaches courses on the Classical World, Classical Mythology, Ancient Art and Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. He has participated in archaeological projects in Egypt, Crete and Greece and currently serves as field coordinator at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia. His most recent publication, "Pausanias, William Martin Leake and the "Depopulation" of Ancient Greece," in Archaeology and History of Medieval and Post Medieval Greece (Ashgate, 2008), explores the role early travelers have played in shaping the research goals of classical archaeologists today. His current research focuses on the phenomenon of spoliation as evidence for individual and local agency in late antiquity. Each summer, Prof. Frey leads a study abroad program in Greece.