Dr. Molly Lindner received a Ph.D. in the History of Art in 1996 from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, now being revised for publication by the University of Michigan Press, concerns the marble portraits of the Vestal Virgins, priestesses of ancient Rome. Lindner studies these important women’s imagery from the viewpoint of their roles in Rome’s most ancient and revered cults, their relations with imperial women, and their place as art objects in the history of representations of priestesses in the ancient world.
Since 2002, Molly Lindner has been a faculty member of the Art Department at the Stark campus of Kent State University. There, she teaches every semester the introductory courses in art history as well as the occasional upper-level course focusing on women in the ancient world or women in the Neoclassical world of Jane Austen.
Dr. Lindner has published both on portraits of Roman women and the pedagogy of art history.