Darian's research interests include the ancient economy, Roman farming, villas, Mediterranean studies, and the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. In her dissertation, Thinking Regionally: Rural landscapes and economic connections in Roman southern Italy, she investigates the intersection of local and larger-scale economic activity in the rural contexts of this region from the 1st-6th centuries CE, employing archaeological, epigraphic and literary evidence. In addition to her dissertation work, Darian also researches the contemporary uses of Etruscan heritage in Italy on the national, European, and international stage as a way to think about how identities and places are made in an increasingly global world. She has participated in excavations in Rome (including the Roman Forum: post-Aedem Castoris project), Lemnos, central Italy, and at the villa sites of Villa Magna (Lazio) and Faragola (Puglia). At these villas, she has been fortunate to engage her interests in both Roman archaeology and the archaeology of the early medieval world.
At present, Darian is an Assistant Professor at Davidson College (North Carolina), a position she accepted in spring of 2012. Before that, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Roanoke College, in fall 2011. She is also a recipient of the 2014 Cotsen Excavation Grant for “first-time” project directors for her work on the Salapia Exploration Project.