Jan Gadeyne, Ph.D has a PhD in Archaeology and Ancient Art History and an M.A. in Classics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain, Belgium). He also studied late antique art and archaeology at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster (Germany). He came to Rome in 1987 with a grant of the Italian government and studied early Christian Archaeology at the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana.
Since 1988 he has been teaching for several American study abroad programs, including Temple University, Cornell University, the University of Miami, Arcadia University and Trinity College, and for summer architecture programs, among them Yale University, the University of Maryland and Tunghai University (Taiwan). His courses embrace Ancient Roman Art and Architecture, Urban History of Rome in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Late antique and early Byzantine Art and Architecture, Ancient History of Rome. Recently, he has been involved in the study and promotion of the Aurelian wall, together with colleagues from the architecture department of La Sapienza University, Rome.
Since 2005, he is co-director of the excavation of the Roman villa on the Piano della Civita in Artena (40 miles southeast of Rome). The title of his Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient Art History is “Function and dysfunction of the City: Rome in the 5th century AD.” He has published papers on Roman lead seals, Early Christian apse mosaics, the formation of the street system in Early Medieval Rome and (especially) on the excavations of the Roman villa at Artena. He has co-edited, together with Gregory Smith, Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day, published by Ashgate in 2013. He is also one of the officers of the Rome charter of the Archaeological Institute of America.