Margaret L. Woodhull's scholarship encompasses art history, classics, archeology, and women's studies. Educated at Georgetown (B.A.), the American School of Classical Studies (Athens, Greece) and the University of Texas at Austin (M.A., Ph.D.).
Professor Woodhull's work has focused on ancient Roman architecture, paying special attention to public monuments benefacted by women.
Her scholarly writings include Building Power: Women as Architectural Patrons During the Roman Empire, 30 BCE-54 CE (UT Austin, doctoral dissertation, directors John Clarke and Penelope Davies), The "Deer Hunters" Sarcophagus at the San Antonio Museum of Art: An Exploration of Carving Techniques and Style (M.A. thesis), "A New Face to Patronage: The Empress Livia and the Politics of Building in Early Imperial Rome" (The Proceedings of the International Association of Linguistics and Behavioral Sciences, November 2004), "Matronly Patrons in the Early Roman Empire: the Case of Salvia Postuma," (Women's Influence on Culture in Antiquity. Ed. Fiona McHardy and Eiranne Marshall, Routledge Press, 2004), and "Engendering Space: Octavia's Portico in Rome," Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art 4, Fall 2003.
Dr. Woodhull is the recipient of a number of important honors and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship (Rome, Italy), a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies, a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship in Field Archaeology, a Haakon Teaching Fellowship, a Wells Foundation Grant, a Woodruff Traveling Fellowship, and the David Lloyd Kreeger Award for Scholarship in Art History.
Dr. Woodhull is presently at work on a book-length study of women's architectural patronage in early imperial Rome, an article on antiquarianism in the architecture of the Roman emperor Claudius, and an article sketching out the metaphorical relationship between Roman mnemonic technique and the architectural design of libraries in classical antiquity.