PhD University of Exeter
Dr. Susan Cooke is an art historian specializing in the field of antiquity, with particular focus on the Ancient Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Roman Principate. In her studies, she emphasizes the economic and cultural links between the Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East. She notes the continuity of the cultural products, as well as settlement and immigration patterns. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Cooke combines art history, ancient history, archaeology, mythology, and theology, and applies multicultural interpretations to art, architecture and iconography with specific attention to gender roles and identity in representations of deities and rulers.
In 2006, Dr. Cooke received her doctorate in Ancient Art History from the University of Exeter, where she studied with Professor Stephen Mitchell. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Art and Culture in Phrygian Ankara”, was an interdisciplinary study encompassing art history, archaeology, and comparative religion applied to Central Anatolia in the Iron Age. In 1998, Susan received her MA in Archaeology and Art History from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, where her area of academic concentration was the Eastern Roman Empire during the Early Imperial Period. Having benefitted from an international graduate experience, Dr. Cooke has been a Professor of Art History in South Carolina, Bahrain, Qatar, and Hong Kong.