John DOBBINS is a Professor at the McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He has been the Director of the "Pompeii Forum Project since 1994. The project is a collaborative research venture conceived to address broad issues in urban history and urban design. Its main goal is to gather evidence about the evolution of the Forum, and to interpret this information as it pertains to Pompeii's urban history in order to contribute to both history of urbanism and contemporary problems of urban design.
Professor Dobbins' main areas of reserach are Roman Architecture, Pompeii, ancient urbanism, Roman mosaics and Antioch.