Elise A. Friedland specializes in marble sculpture of the eastern Roman empire, especially that discovered in the Near East as well as in Classical reception in early America. She has served as the sculpture specialist for Panias/Banias in Israel and Gerasa, Jordan, and she is now working at Beth Shean, one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in Israel. She is first editor of the 2015 Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture (now out in a paperback edition, 2018), author of The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, American Schools of Oriental Research), and co-editor of The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters). She has been awarded several CAORC Senior Fellowships at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, and in 2019 a Shufro Summer Research Fellowship at the W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. In addition to her work on Roman sculpture in the Near East, Friedland also investigates American adoptions and adaptations of Classical motifs, an area of research which grows out of a course she developed for GW, entitled "Greece and Rome in the Art and Architecture of Washington, DC." Friedland has been awarded an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship for 2020-2021 to write a book on that same topic. In Fall 2017, Professor Friedland was granted a US Capitol Historical Society Fellowship to study Constantino Brumidi's Pompeain-style nineteenth century fresco cycle in S-127, the former Naval Affairs Committee Meeting Room in the Senate wing of the US Capitol Building. At GW, in addition to second year Latin and survey courses on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian and Near Eastern art and architecture, Friedland teaches topics classes on Pompeii, “Classical Washington,” and “The Art and Architecture of the Roman Provinces.” She was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America national award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2013) as well as a GW Bender Teaching Award (2013). For her five years of service to the American Schools of Oriental Research as co-chair of the program committee for the annual meeting, she received the ASOR Membership Service Award (2013). At GW, Friedland is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has served on the University Library Committee and the CCAS Dean’s Research Advisory Council, and was a co-convener of the University Seminar, “Museums and Antiquities” (2009-10).