Professor Watrous’ interests include Aegean and Greek art and archaeology. He is particularly interested in iconography (mainly as it relates to Greek poetry) and the relationship between society, social institutions and art. Watrous' published articles center on the archaeology of Crete, and on the earliest architectural sculpture known in Greece.
Director of the Gournia Survey Project, important for the new information it provides about one of the most significant excavations of a town in the Late Bronze Age Aegean. Received grants from the Archaeological Institute of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society, the Fulbright commission, and the Institute for Aegean Studies to support his archaeological fieldwork and studies on Minoan Crete. In 1993/94 he was Elizabeth A. Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.