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  • Nicholas Bartos

    Nicholas Bartos

    Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2017

    BioMy research interests include the formation and structure of maritime networks in the ancient Mediterranean and western Indian Ocean, particularly how seaborne interaction influenced Roman social and economic activity. To this end, I am interested in ancient economies, maritime communities and traditions, and broader theories of globalization and cross-cultural interaction. Other research interests include digital recording techniques, cultural heritage stewardship and ethics, and innovative methods of public engagement.

    In 2013, I graduated from Brown University with a BA in Archaeology and the Ancient World before attending the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Fund Scholar (MPhil in Archaeology, 2015). I then worked as a field archaeologist and in the post-excavation and publications department at Oxford Archaeology Ltd., a UK-based commercial archaeological practice, and on the editorial team at Current World Archaeology, a popular archaeological magazine based in London.

    I have worked on a range of terrestrial and underwater archaeological research projects in Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Montenegro, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Recent projects include the Berenike Project (an Egyptian Red Sea port site dating from the 3rd century B.C.E. to the 6th century C.E.) and the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project.

  • Sinead Brennan-McMahon

    Sinead Brennan-McMahon

    Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2019
    Research Assistant, Classics

    BioSinead Brennan-McMahon joined the Stanford Classics department in 2019.

    Sinead comes from Auckland, New Zealand, where she received her M.A.. Her thesis examined the reception of Martial’s sexually obscene homosexual epigrams in school texts and commentaries. Using a comprehensive statistical analysis, she argued that Victorian editors of Martial’s Epigrams expurgated the text to remove references to material they found offensive and to curate a culturally appropriate view of the ancient world for their schoolboy readers.

    Her current research focuses on developing software tools to make Latin textual criticism more efficient and accessible. She is also interested in the Digital Humanities more widely, Martial, obscenity, and Reception Studies.

  • Amanda Gaggioli

    Amanda Gaggioli

    Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2016

    BioAmanda is a Ph.D candidate on the Classical Archaeology track. She received a B.A. with honors in both Archaeology and Classics with a minor in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University. She also completed an MA in Anthropology at Stanford. Amanda’s research includes interdisciplinary approaches that combine ancient textual, archaeological, and natural scientific approaches to past human-geological environmental relationships, in particular earthquakes and associated seismic phenomena, in the eastern Mediterranean. Her research interests include human-enviornment relationships, resilience archaeology, archaeological science, geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology, archaeoseismology, resilience archaeology, traditional environmental knowledge, and the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age transition in the eastern Mediterranean. Her PhD research includes archaeological fieldwork in Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece, spanning the third millennium BCE to fifth century CE, that aims at understanding how people were impacted by and responded to earthquakes and associated seismic hazards over both the short- and long-terms. She analyzes ancient textual sources that document earthquakes together with the material and geological residues of earthquakes from the archaeological record. She applies the techniques and approaches of archaeoseismology and soil micromorphology on targeted samples of architectural and geomorphological remains in order to determine relationships between humans, geological environmental change, and disaster both in the context of ‘collapse’ during the Late Bronze Age and also across temporal and spatial scales.

    Amanda currently holds a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, National Geographic Early Career Grant, and a Multi-Country Fellowship with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers in support of her interdisciplinary dissertation research and fieldwork in Greece and Cyprus and her memberships with the American School of Classical Studies and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute.

    https://stanford.academia.edu/AmandaGaggioli