B.A., Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge); M.A., University of Texas (Austin); Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Associate Professor of Art
Art and architectural historian specializing in the ancient Mediterranean.
My research focuses on the ancient Mediterranean and considers what art and architecture can tell us about international relations and the experience of empire. In my publications, I have shown that Roman arch monuments could be dedicated as diplomatic gifts, I have critiqued ethnic stereotypes of Celts in Greek and Roman art, and I have explored how the experience of spectacular entertainment was reflected on glass cups depicting famous charioteers and gladiators. My current book project is entitled Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs and is under contract with Oxford University Press. Another book project is underway and addresses the impact of empire on the Celtic, Greek, and Roman art of ancient Gaul. I am also about to launch a digital humanities project called Digital Roman Arches, which will establish an online database of the several hundred commemorative arches set up in the Roman Empire and beyond.
My courses on the ancient Mediterranean and Mesopotamia address the political and social uses of art and architecture, as well as the modern lives of antiquities. Because seeing art in person is fundamental to understanding it, my classes analyze collections not just on campus, but also in nearby museums. They also explore new technologies. My seminar on Roman Monuments (ARTH 343) was awarded a Mellon blended learning grant to develop a collaborative website in support of the exhibit Reframing the Past: Piranesi's Vedute di Roma. I have also had the pleasure of supervising an award-winning senior project by Margaret Justus ('17), who created a public timeline and website about the history of classical antiquities on campus.
- "Spectacular Translucence: The Games in Glass", Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 2018
- "Reception of the Roman Arch Monument", American Journal of Archaeology 2018
- "Tyranny of the Dying Gaul: Confronting an Ethnic Stereotype in Ancient Art," Art Bulletin 2017
- "Coins before Conquest in Celtic France: An Art Lost to Empire" in Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Visual Cultures in the Provinces of Ancient Rome 2016
- "Northern Gaul, German, and Britain," in the Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture 2015 (2nd edition 2018)
- "Honoring the Empress Julia Domna on Arch Monuments in Rome and North Africa," in Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire 2014
Selected Talks and Conference Panels
- "From the Phoenicians to the Celts: Towards a Global Art and Architectural History of the Ancient Mediterranean", Association for Art History conference, London, 2018
- "The Tyranny of the Dying Gaul," Unlocking the Provinces symposium, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2017
- "Palmyra at the Crossroads", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2016
- "Gifts for the Gods: The Art of Devotion in Roman Gaul" at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles, 2015
- "Gauls Dying and Victorious," Art of War symposium, Joukowsky Institute, Brown University, 2015
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pat O'Connell Memorial Fellowship, 2013-2014
- Getty Foundation, Art of Rome's Provinces seminar, 2010-2013
- Social Science Research Council, 2007-2008