Doctoral Student in Archaeology and the Ancient World (Ph.D. 2014)

Claudia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Classics (2006). Her senior thesis, focusing on the phallus as an apotropaic symbol in the images and texts of Roman Italy, investigated the interactions, correspondences, and discrepancies between the artistic and verbal representations of the phallus in the first-century A.D. After graduation, she worked in the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has also spent three years working in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on the Corinth Computer Project. As a graduate student at Brown, Claudia has worked at the U.S. Epigraphy Project and interned at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has participated in excavations and post-excavation analysis at S. Omobono in Rome, at Mt. Lykaion in Greece, at Villa Magna in Italy, at Petra in Jordan, at San Venanzo in Italy, and at Akrotiri in Greece. Claudia's main research interests include Republican sanctuaries in Rome and Latium and the ritual that is enacted within them, altars, theories of sacrifice, the interaction of native Italian with Greek and Eastern religions, and the interplay of classical languages and material objects. Having returned from two years of research in Rome, Claudia is finishing her dissertation entitled "Material Witnesses: The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium and the Memory of Sacrifice."