Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Western Asian Studies
Phone: (401) 863-6292
I received a BA in architecture from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, an MA in classical philology from Harvard, and a PhD in classical archaeology from Berkeley.
My interests in the ancient world are diverse, but I specialize in the archaeology of Anatolia and the Levant. I am particularly interested in how different communities in Anatolia during the Greek and Roman periods reinterpreted and redeployed archaic material remains. I am currently writing a book exploring how Bronze and Iron Age landscapes, monuments, and objects were variously entangled in classical period narratives concerning the antiquity of the region and the origins of its inhabitants.
For the past decade I have conducted fieldwork at various sites in Anatolia and the Levant, including Sardis, Aphrodisias, and most recently, Petra, where I have been working for the past three summers. In 2013, I will return to Western Anatolia to explore, among other things, the beginnings of Ionian urbanism. In addition to excavating and surveying, a great deal of my fieldwork has been devoted to the graphic documentation of archaeological information. I am interested in producing images that are archaeologically rigorous and visually compelling. While in Turkey I worked primarily on monumental architecture including temples and aqueducts, my work in Jordan involved visualizing non-monumental and non-urban landscapes.
I want to promote dialogue between scholarly communities that frequently work independently of each other. I hope to encourage archaeologists, architects, philologists, and artists to encroach on each other’s disciplines. At Brown I teach classes that combine their various methodologies to study the ancient world including the following:
-Building Big! Supersized Architectural and Engineering Structures From Antiquity
-Inventing the Past: Amulets, Heirlooms, Monuments, Landscapes (a cross-cultural survey of pre-Modern antiquarianism)
-Archaeological and literary approaches to the Second Sophistic
-In the Wake of Empire: Anatolia after the Hittites, Before Alexander