I am currently a sixth year Ph.D. student in Classical Archaeology in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University. In 2004, I received my Bachelor’s in Classics from the Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy. In 2007, I earned an M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, writing a thesis on “The iconology of Macedonian tomb paintings”.My doctoral dissertation, entitled “Painting death with the colors of life: funerary wall painting in South Italy (IV-II BCE)”, explores the phenomenon of the diffusion of polychrome wall painting in funerary contexts in Southern Italy during the critical period that spans the crisis of Greek hegemony to the consolidation of Roman power. I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Italy, supported by the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in Greek Studies from The Phi Beta Kappa Society. I had the opportunity to gain direct access to the tomb paintings and to investigate thoroughly their archaeological contexts. I am currently a Predoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where I am participating in the 2012-2013 Scholars’ Program, which this year focuses on the theme of “color”.
My primary research interests include Hellenistic art and archaeology, ancient wall painting and its reception during the nineteenth and twentieth century, funerary architecture and iconography, Greek and Latin epigraphy, and ancient ethnic and cultural identity. I have presented papers and published articles related to these fields.
During the past years at Harvard, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of the Classics, served as the 2010-2011 Agnes Mongan Curatorial Intern at the Harvard Art Museums, and excavated at Sardis, Turkey, in the summers 2008-2010.