Shannon R. Flynt
Assistant Professor of Classics, Wilton H. Bunch Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow, Coordinator Italy Study Program
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: 319 Chapman Hall
Phone: 205-726-2551

Shannon Flynt returned to her Alma Mater in 2000 after a distinguished graduate research and teaching career in anthropology, classical archaeology and ancient studies. Her professional specialty- Roman archaeology - combines the history, math, art, linguistic and travel interests she refined as an undergraduate student at Samford.

Now on the other side of the lectern at Samford, the Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi alumna teaches in the Classics Department, Visual Arts Department and the University Fellows program, serves as the university's Fulbright Program Advisor and coordinates Samford's Italy program. Her courses include The Western Intellectual Tradition (I and II), Classics Senior Capstone, The Rediscovery of the Classical World and Art History (I,II and III).

After earning her Master's degree in Anthropology at the University of Alabama, where she demonstrated exceptional aptitude in Latin and field archaeology, Flynt entered the doctoral program in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, where she earned a Huggins Fellowship and the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award.

In 1999 Flynt was named a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Austria, where she lived for a year while completing research for her doctoral dissertation, "The Military Vici of Noricum". In addition to excavation at the Roman military site of Lauriacum in Austria she has served on excavation teams at Pompeii, Castell Henllys (Wales) and Clonmacnoise (Ireland). Closer to home, she has excavated at Alabama's Dust Cave and Moundville Native American sites and at the historic Hickman House in central Missouri.

Flynt maintains her research interests in the Roman army and Roman frontier in Europe and is an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America, European Archaeological Association and Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

Flynt and husband Sean, also at Samford, became the parents of Ambrose Doss Flynt on August 30, 2007. 



Degrees and Certifications

  • B.S., Samford University
  • M.A., The University of Alabama
  • Ph.D., The University of Missouri


  • Roman Archaeology
  • The Classical World
  • Art History