University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Abigail Bradford

PhD Candidate, Art and Architectural History
Research Interests: Greek music and vase painting


The Sounded Past

A proposed podcast, The Sounded Past, dedicated to Ancient Greek Music 


Abigail Bradford is a fourth-year PhD student in the Program in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith.  Her research focuses on ancient Greek music and vase painting, and she is particularly interested in the innovation of “New Music” in 5th c. BCE Athens and its connection to the growing democracy.  She is also interested in podcasting and sensory studies and is currently working on a podcasting project that examines ancient musical fragments and recreations of ancient sounds.

Abigail graduated with honors from the College of William & Mary in 2017 with a degree in Classical Archaeology and Environmental Science.  During her senior year, Abigail was a McIntyre Fellow of Curatorial Studies at the Muscarelle Museum of Art and assisted in curating the exhibition Fire and Clay: New Acquisitions of Chinese Antiquities.  After graduating, Abigail continued to work at the Muscarelle and assisted in researching and writing exhibit content for Women with Vision: Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection and In the Light of Caravaggio: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from Southeastern Museums.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Abigail will be serving as the Executive Chair of the Art History Graduate Association (AHGA).