Najee Olya is a Ph.D. student in the program for Mediterranean art and archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. Najee’s research focus is the art and archaeology of archaic and classical Greece, with specific emphasis on the city of Athens. Najee is interested in the interactions between Greeks and the non-Greek peoples of the Mediterranean world and how these interactions influenced the art, material, and visual culture of Athens. Prior to his arrival at the University of Virginia and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Najee completed his M.A. in classical archaeology at the University of Arizona and his B.A. degrees in classical civilization and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an archaeologist, Najee has also spent time doing fieldwork in both Italy and Greece. In 2017, Najee received the Hill Open Scholarship to participate in the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.