As a student of material culture, my research aims to elucidate the various relationships forged between humans and objects. In particular, I seek a better understanding of how the Romans, Etruscans, other ancient Italic peoples engaged with the material world which they inhabited. How did individuals, especially those not in power, forge collective identities through material culture? How were objects used in the negotiation of the self and in one’s self-presentation? What do objects tell us about the structure of ancient societies, and what roles did they play in the structuring of social interactions? These are a few of the basic questions informing my research.
I am currently working on a dissertation which explores the role of food in the construction of Roman and other Italic identities through the material remains of food preparation and consumption activities.
I have been a member of the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project since 2014 and have excavated at the following sites in Italy: Cerveteri, Morgantina, Cetamura del Chianti, and Rofalco.
In the spring of 2018, I will be conducting research for my dissertation, while interning at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia in Rome.