John W. Stephenson received a BA and MA from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in ancient art history in 2006 from Emory University, with a specialty in the domestic architecture of late Roman Spain and a minor in Egyptian art.
His dissertation, A Social History of Late Roman Villas in Hispania, examines the houses and their décor with reference to the wider social world of late antiquity. He attended archaeological field school at the site of ancient Carthage in Tunisia, and participated in the program in Roman archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. He taught art history at the Atlanta College of Art and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and before arriving at ASU. Since then he has taught numerous courses in Roman art, Egyptian art, Hellenistic Greek art, Islamic art and the Art of Pompeii.
His teaching interests seek to examine these cultures in terms of social, political and gender issues, in terms of historic preservation and contemporary interactions with ancient art, and regarding cognitive and affective aspects of ancient architecture. His articles have appeared in journals including Textile History in the U.K., which received the Best article of the year award, the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies in London, the Journal of Historical Geography and in edited book volumes among others. At ASU he has presented independent exhibitions of historic art, including photography and memorabilia of Pompeii and photography and jewelry from Islamic North Africa. His electric sculptures have appeared in American galleries from coast to coast and have shown at ASU in independent and departmental exhibitions.