Natalie received a B.A. in Art History and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and an M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Archaeology from the University of Arizona in 2012. Her Master’s thesis examined the influence of the Greek and Roman worlds on Jewish daily life and material culture in ancient Palestine during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, focusing largely on how such foreign influence affected Jewish cultural identity. Natalie has participated in excavations at Tel Kedesh in Israel, has worked for a number of years at the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Greece, and, most recently, spent a brief period of time working as an archaeological illustration assistant at the Ancient Methone Archaeological Project in Greece.
Before joining the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at Berkeley in 2016, Natalie divided her time between a number of museums in the Denver metro area, working primarily in the Collections and Registration Departments at the Denver Art Museum. She also served as Academic Program Coordinator of the Philosophy Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and taught courses in Art History at the Community College of Aurora during the 2015-16 academic year.
Natalie’s main research interests include identity formation and cultural change, cross-cultural interaction, trade networks, and the importation and imitation of foreign material goods, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods. Her other interests include ceramic analysis, archaeological illustration, cultural heritage management, museum studies, academic publishing, and public outreach.