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
Afterwards: Reuse and Renovation in Roman Material Culture, co-edited with Diana Ng. (Edited volume in preparation)
Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, January 2015)
"Encountering Ovid's Phaedra in Pompeii Regio V, 2, 10-11" (Forthcoming, AJA April 2015)
"Monuments in Egyptian Style" in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, ed. E. Friedland and M. Sobocinski (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2015
"'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. (
I will be on leave for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
Alana Toabe ('15) made this reconstruction for a class in which we experimented with using Google Sketch up to reconstruct the experience of Roman domestic spaces. She was testing a theory that the octagonal room in Nero's Golden House had columns.