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 asks what art and architecture can tell us about international relations and the experience of empire.
My book Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs addresses vessels with labeled depictions of particular places, looks closely at the design of their words and images, and traces their travels around the empire. The book is featured in the Rome Collection of Oxford University Press. For the OUP blog, I wrote a post with tips for traveling the Roman empire. I have also launched a companion website with bonus content, links to online resources, and over a thousand photographs from my research and travels.
My current book project The Triumphal Arch: Politics of a Global Monument establishes a new critical foundation for the interdisciplinary study of triumphal arches across time. Three questions drive the analysis. Why is a monument invented in ancient Rome still in use over 2,000 years later? What has been forgotten along the way? How do we reframe the study of all of these monuments in an era of decoloniality?
I am also fascinated by the Celts (also known as Gauls and Galatians), especially the mesmerizing aesthetics of their art, the longevity of the ethnic stereotypes depicting them in Greek and Roman art, and the losses and creative transformations that followed conquest by Rome. I continue to publish on these issues, and particularly on the statue known as the Dying Gaul.
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.
- Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire's Souvenirs (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021). Featured in OUP's Ancient Rome collection. The companion website has research photographs, links to online resources, and bonus content.
- "A Roman road trip: tips for travelling the Roman Empire this summer," OUP Blog, 10 July 2021.
- "The Bronze Captive in the Rhône River and Roman Art History," in Roman Sculpture in Context, eds. Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta and Peter De Staebler (Boston: Archaological Institute of America, December 2020), 55-73
- "The Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes: The Roman Empire, Rhetorical Archaeological Museums, and UNESCOs World Heritage Program," American Journal of Archaeology, 2020
- "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
- "Exceptional Commemoration: Empresses on Roman Arch Monuments," Materializing Roman Empresses panel, Roman Archaeology Conference, Split, Croatia, April 2022
- "The Captive Gaul in the River Rhône," Grounding Roman Sculpture panel, Archaeological Institute of America conference, 2019
- "Seeing the Supernatural: Art and Religion in Roman Gaul," Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York, 2018
- "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