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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.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2014
Master of Arts Student in Anthropology, admitted Winter 2016
BioDillon Gisch is currently Arthur Ross / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford University.
His dissertation investigates how images—particularly images of "modest Venus" from central Italy, coastal western Turkey, and coastal Syria—that modern viewers have viewed as "replicas" of Praxiteles' famous Knidian Aphrodite held diverse contextual significances for ancient viewers. He also studies the provenance histories of these and other "replicated" ancient art and their significances in the modern and contemporary worlds. He has broad interests in Hellenistic Greek and ancient Roman visual cultures, the historiography of art, social archaeology and art history, museum and heritage ethics, empire and cultural appropriation, catalogs and cataloging practices, and legacy data analysis.
Previously, he received his BA in Classical Studies and Art History with Distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has worked as a gallerist of early modern and modern (1450–1970) European, American, and Japanese graphic art on paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. He has also excavated in central Italy at the ancient Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and the ancient Roman site of Cosa.
The Europe Center and the American Academy in Rome have featured portions of his ongoing dissertation research.