Dillon Gisch is currently Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford University. His dissertation investigates how images that modern viewers commonly consider "replicas" of Praxiteles' famous Knidian Aphrodite engendered a diverse array of contextual significances for viewers in the ancient world. It also studies the modern typology that art historians have constructed to collect, categorize, and catalog these images, and its troubling ramifications. He has broad interests in visual culture; the provenance histories and historiographies "replicated" art; the historiography of art; social archaeology and art history; collecting, museum, and heritage ethics; empire and cultural appropriation; catalogs and cataloging practices; and legacy data analysis.
Previously, he received his B.A. in Classical Studies and Art History with Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has worked as a gallerist of early modern and modern (1450–1970) European, American, and Japanese graphic art on paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He has also excavated in central Italy at the ancient Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and the ancient Roman site of Cosa.