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History of Margaret Alexander and the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie (CMT)

This timeline illustrates the history of Margaret Alexander's academic and professional career and the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie project, conducted between ca. 1960s and 1990s.
by ICFA Staff on 16 March 2015

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Transcript of History of Margaret Alexander and the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie (CMT)

Margaret Alexander
1938: Receives a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA
1941: Receives a master's degree from New York University (NYU); thesis: “Ornament in the Winchester School Manuscripts of the 12th Century”
1942-1945: Becomes a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1948-1949: Travels in North Africa with Robert L. Alexander (husband)
1930s – 1940s
1958: Receives her PhD from NYU; completes her dissertation: “Early Christian Tomb Mosaics of North Africa"
1961: Joins the faculty of the University of Iowa and taught classes on early christian and byzantine art
1962-1970: Becomes an Assistant Professor of Classics (University of Iowa)
1950s - 1960s
Born on May 21, 1916 in Massachusetts

Died on December 19, 1996 in Iowa
(née Ames)
Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie (CMT)
1967: Administered by the Smithsonian Institution through its Foreign Currency Program, funds are made available to launch the task of creating a new corpus of ancient mosaics in Tunisia
July 17, 1968: An agreement is officially signed between the US and Tunisian government regarding the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie
1960s
1969-1972: Fieldwork begins at Utica
1970-197: Becomes an Associate Professor of Classics (University of Iowa)
1972-1973: Fieldwork begins at El Jem
1973: First volume of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie is published (Vol. I, Fasc. 1 – Utica)
1974: Vol. I, Fasc. 2 (Utica) is published
1974: Fieldwork begins at Thuburbo Majus
1976: Vol. I, Fasc. 3 (Utica) is published
1976-1982: Becomes a Professor of Classics (University of Iowa)
1970s - 1980s
1980: Vol. II, Fasc. 1 (Thuburbo Majus) is published
1982-1986: Becomes a Professor of Art & Art History and Classics (University of Iowa)
1985: Vol. II, Fasc. 2 (Thuburbo Majus) is published
1986-1998: Becomes a Professor Emeritus of Art & Art History and Classics (University of Iowa)
1987: Vol. II, Fasc. 3 (Thuburbo Majus) is published
1987: Publishes “Mosaic Ateliers at Tabarka” in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 41
1980s
1992-1994: Becomes a co-director with Aïcha Ben Abed-Bhen Khader at Carthage
1994: Vol. II, Fasc. 4 (Thuburbo Majus) is published
1996: Vol. III, Fasc. 1 (El Jem) is published
1996: Publishes “The Corpus of the Mosaics of Tunisia: Carthage Project, 1992-1994” in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 50 with Aïcha Ben Abed-Bhen Khader and Guy P. R. Métraux
1999: Final volume of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie is published (Vol. IV, Fasc. 1 and 2)
1990s
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