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Dr. Billie J. Follensbee

Billie J. Follensbee






Brick City (327 W Mill St) 316


Art and Design

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Missouri State University
Art and Design
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work


  • PhD, Art History and Archaeology, 2000, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA, Art History and Archaeology, 1994, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Certificat de Hautes-Etudes, 1986, Université d’Aix-en-Provence, France
  • BA, Modern Foreign Languages, 1987, Castleton State College
  • BS, English Communications, 1986, Castleton State College
  • AS, Communications, 1985, Castleton State College 


  • ART 200 Art in Context
  • ART 273 Art of Africa, Oceania, & the Americas
  • ART 385 Art of the Americas (service-learning course)
  • ART 386 Art of Africa (service-learning course)
  • ART 390 Art History Teaching Assistantship
  • ART 485 Art of Mesoamerica (service-learning course)
  • ART 488 Basic Conservation of Art and Artifacts (service-learning course) 
  • ART 494/799 Independent Study in Art History
  • ART 495 Internship in Art History

Research and professional interests


  • Identifying sex, gender and age groups in art and artifacts
  • Mesoamerican art
  • Gulf coast cultures
  • Olmec art, archaeology

Selected publications and presentations

  • Session organizer and chair, "Royal or High-Status Women in the Indigenous Americas,"  American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Session co-organizer and co-chair (with Sarahh Scher, Upper Iowa University), "Dressing UP: Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the pre-Columbian Americas," Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting, 2012
  • “Concepts of Identity and Individuality in Gulf Coast Olmec and Olmec-Related Art,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, 2011
  • Speaker, “Gender-Neutral and Gender-Ambiguous Costume among Formative Period Gulf Coast Cultures, and its Implications” in the session Costume and Dress in Formative Period Mesoamerica and the Isthmo-Colombian Region, Society for American Archaeology 75th Annual Meeting, 2010
  • “Formative Period Gulf Coast Ceramic Figurines: The Key to Identifying Sex, Gender, and Age Groups in Gulf Coast Olmec Imagery,” chapter in "Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena," 2009
  • “Fiber Technology and Weaving in Formative Period Gulf Coast Cultures,” chapter in "Ancient Mesoamerica" (Vol. 19, No 1), spring 2008
  • “The Child and the Child-Like in Olmec Art and Archaeology,” chapter in "The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica," 2006
  • "Why It's Essential Not to Essentialize: Analyzing the Varied Roles of Female Figure in Olmec and Olmec-Related Sculpture," Symposium: Iconography of the Gulf Coast, 53o Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, 2009
  • Session chair, "Formative Mesoamerica," Society for American Archaeology 74th Annual Meeting, 2009

Awards and honors

  • Curriculum Innovation grant, Missouri State University, 2012
  • Candidate for Professor of the Year, Missouri State University, 2011
  • CASL research stipend, Missouri State University, 2010-11
  • Submitted chapter for "Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers," Indiana Campus Compact, 2011
  • Foundation Award for Teaching, Missouri State University, 2008


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