John R. Senseney is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Arizona. He is an architectural historian with a research focus on ancient cities, sanctuaries, and how creative labor constructed a sense of order that enabled knowledge about the world. He has published on topics including Archaic Greek practices of construction and engineering, the Parthenon frieze, Plato's reliance on metaphors from artisanship, and the Greek and Hellenistic influences on the urban development of Rome. His teaching explores questions of power and identity, religious and ethnic conflict and tolerance, and the origins of science and scientific world views. He teaches ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman history. He is a native of the Sonoran desert, a Tucsonan forever, and will tell anyone who pretends to listen that he is a real Wildcat who first arrived at Arizona/Sonora dorm decades ago, with subsequent intervals at the University of California, Santa Barbara (where he earned his Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where he was tenured). His office overlooks Old Main and he wanted you to know that.

He/him/his and they/them/their are all completely welcome. 

John Senseney


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Prof. Senseney practicing falconry with Horus, Sonoran desert, March 2021



The University of Arizona sits on the ancestral homeland of the Tohono O'odham, in a region stewarded by peoples long preceding the imposition of borders and the ongoing colonial processes.