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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.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2019
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.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2016
Language Tutor, Classics
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 ancient viewers understood replication and difference in images of "modest Venus" in the Roman world. He also has broad interests in Hellenistic and Roman visual culture; social archaeology and art history; the historiographies of classical art and archaeology; gender and ethnicity; collecting, museum, and heritage ethics; and the analysis of humanistic legacy data.
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 Poggio Civitate (Murlo) and Cosa. One portion of his ongoing dissertation research has been featured on The Europe Center's website.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2015
BioDavid is focusing in classical archaeology, with research interests in Roman villas, Imperial and Late Antique Roman Italy, and ancient health and disease, in particular malaria. He received a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University (2012), a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (2013), and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Arizona (2015). David is also Director of Excavations for the 'Villa Romana di Poggio Gramignano Archaeological Project' (est. 2016; PI - David Soren, University of Arizona), a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the Augustan-period villa at Poggio Gramignano and its related Late Antique (mid. 5th cent. CE) infant and child cemetery, both located along the Tiber river near the Umbrian town of Lugnano in Teverina, Italy.
David's dissertation concerns the archaeology and history of malaria in Roman central Italy (200 BCE to the 500 CE). More specifically, it examines the interactions between humans, mosquito vectors, and malaria parasites, and the ways in which the environment, artifacts, and human practices exposed people in the past to this disease.