I completed my doctoral dissertation at Stanford in 2019, titled “Religion at the End of Empire: Church Construction, Labor Mobilization, and Social Power in the Late Antique Western Mediterranean”, which contrasted how different religious communities succeeded in mobilizing labor and materials for building churches as the ancient economy evolved. In that last year I designed and taught a new course at Stanford (Religions of Ancient Eurasia), completed the CESTA certificate in digital humanities, and was a fellow at the Haas Center for Public Service; I have returned to lecture this Fall.
My research examines the role of religion in the economic and social life of antiquity, especially during major transitions such as the change from polytheism to Christianity. I am specialized in architectural and landscape survey, geospatial archaeology, digital archaeology, and on-site management, skills which I have developed on cutting-edge projects in Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy, and Ireland. I am currently affiliated with the Los Banales project in Aragon, Spain, and I am currently developing pedestrian survey and remote sensing projects in the Eastern Mediterranean (watch this space!). My upcoming article develops a new method for multi-site comparison of construction energetics. Leading on from my dissertation research, I am increasingly interested in developing methods for examining religion’s functions in (re)structuring culture and society in marginal and remote landscapes (islands, mountains, colonies, and borderlands) in times of social and environmental distress, particularly during the late Roman and early Byzantine eras.
Archaeology of religion, landscape archaeology, late antiquity, digital archaeology.