Alice Boccia Paterakis

Alice Boccia Paterakis


Department: Art

Office Address: Lang 112

Office Phone: (909) 607-2207

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm


Academic History

  • BA, Art History and Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri USA
  • MA, Art Conservation, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • PhD, Archaeological Conservation, University College London, London, UK

Areas of Expertise

Archaeological conservation, objects conservation, on-site conservation field schools, environmental degradation factors in cultural heritage preservation.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Alice Boccia Paterakis, 2016. Volatile Organic Compounds and the Conservation of Inorganic Materials, Archetype Publications, London, UK (manuscript forthcoming).
  • Boccia Paterakis, Alice & Steiger, Michael. 2015. “Salt Efflorescence on Pottery in the Athenian Agora: A Closer Look.” Studies in Conservation 60 (2015) 172-184.
  • Boccia Paterakis, Alice & Hickey-Friedman, Laramie. 2011. “Stabilization of Iron Artifacts from Kaman-Kalehöyük: A Comparison of Chemical and Environmental Methods.” Studies in Conservation 56 (2011) 179-190.
  • Boccia Paterakis, Alice. 2003. “The Influence of Conservation Treatments and Environmental Storage Factors on Corrosion of Copper Alloys in the Ancient Athenian Agora.” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 42 (2003) 313-339.

Awards and Honors

  • FAIC Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship produced Volatile Organic Compounds and the Conservation of Inorganic Materials, Archetype Publications, 2016
  • American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Historic Preservation and Conservation, 1999-2000
  • Getty Conservation Institute, Conservation Guest Scholar Grant, Problems of Bronze Storage in Museums project, 2004-2005
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship in the History of Art, awarded for travel related to PhD
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Grants (eight) to attend national and international conservation conferences to present papers
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study in Art Conservation at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
  • University College London, Graduate School Research Fund Grant
  • University College London, Student Conference Fund Award, Graduate School Institute of Archaeology
  • Queen's University, Dean's Award for Graduate Study in Art Conservation at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
  • European Economic Community Fellowship for study at ICCROM, Rome, Italy (Honorary Recipient)
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum Act Grant, "Stipends to Individuals for Conservation Studies", for study at ICCROM, Rome, Italy


After training in paintings conservation in Florence, Dr. Boccia Paterakis expanded her expertise by studying objects conservation and specializing in the conservation of archaeological materials from excavation. Dr. Boccia Paterakis has educated numerous graduate conservation students as director of conservation in the Ancient Athenian Agora in Greece. She is currently the director of conservation of the Kaman-Kalehöyük, Yassihöyük, and Büklükale Excavations for the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology in Turkey. Dr. Boccia Paterakis is also a contributing writer for AATA Online (Abstracts of International Conservation Literature) of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. She has published widely on the deterioration and preservation of inorganic materials, specifically ceramic and metal.

Courses Taught

  • Art Conservation 130: Archaeological Conservation and the Tomb of King Midas (Spring 2013; Spring 2014; Spring 2015; Spring 2016)