My primary research interests revolve around the interplay of material and textual evidence in Iron Age and Archaic Greece, particularly Crete. I have long been fascinated by Crete as an in-between place in ancient and modern Greece, as well as by the particular methodological challenges that the study of Iron Age Crete poses, given that much of the evidence until the sixth century is material and much of the evidence for the remainder of the archaic period is epigraphic. Thematically, I focus on social formation: how social organization changed over time and how power was distributed. In my masters thesis, “Less Conspicuous Consumption: Votives and Competition at Iron Age Gortyn,” I considered the possible role of extra-island imports as a strategy for establishing and performing relative social status at an important local sanctuary. Other areas of interest include relationships between the Near East and the Aegean and classical education in the early modern period, particularly colonial America.
Outside of coursework, I work as a graduate student researcher at the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy and I help organize the Noon Colloquium, in which AHMA’s students invite scholars from Berkeley and elsewhere to present their research in an informal setting.
I came to AHMA in 2014 after graduating from Dartmouth in 2013 with a B.A. in Classical Languages and Literatures. My excavation experience includes fieldwork at Gournia, the Athenian Agora, and Aidonia. When not reading and writing, I enjoy powerlifting, spoiling my cats, and watching the San Francisco Giants.
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