About me: I teach in William and Mary's Classical Studies department, including classes on Roman archaeology and art, the cities of Rome and Pompeii, and Latin language and literature. I have particular research interests in Roman fresco and sculpture. My recent work treats the importation of ancient Egyptian artworks and artifacts into Italy in the imperial period.
University of Michigan (MA Latin 1999, MA Classical Archaeology 1999, PhD Classical Art and Archaeology Dec. 2002)
Wesleyan University (BA Classics with Honors 1995)
Selected Fellowships and Awards
NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2012
Margo Tytus Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2012
AIA/DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin, Fall 2011
Faculty Fellowship for summer research, The College of William and Mary, 2010
Suzanne Matthews Faculty Fellowship for summer research, The College of William and Mary, 2009
Villa Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute, 2007 - 2008
Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2014)
"Encountering Ovid's Phaedra in Pompeii Regio V, 2, 10-11" (Forthcoming, AJA Oct. 2014)
"'Egyptian' Priests in Roman Italy," in Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, ed. E. Gruen (Getty Research Institute 2010)
"Aegyptus Redacta: Augustus’ obelisk in the Campus Martius" (Art Bulletin 2010)
“Egypt Embodied: the Vatican Nile” (AJA July 2009)
M. Versluys, P. Meyboom, and L. Bricault, eds. (
Teaching, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
This semester, I am teaching Roman Art and Archaeology and Latin 202: Introduction to Poetry. In Fall 2013, I taught two courses: LAT 201 "Introduction to Latin Prose" and CLCV 430 "Romans at Home." In the latter course, we discussed Roman families and domestic spaces, including atrium houses, apartment complexes, and the palaces of the emperors. This course was also fortunate to have received a small grant from William and Mary encouraging the use of new technologies in the classroom. We used Google's free Sketch-Up program to model houses - testing first-hand various theories about the use and decoration of specific spaces and better learning how to read plans and elevations in the process.
Update, November 2013: Check out this reconstruction of the octagonal room in Nero's 'Golden House' by Alana Toabe '15. For this project, we tested a theory that the room featured decorative columns.