Gaia Gianni

Gaia Gianni
Gaia Gianni

Visiting Scholar

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Gaia was born in Siena, Italy. After obtaining a BA and MA from the Università degli Studi di Siena, she moved to the US to attend the PhD graduate program at Brown University. Gaia worked with her advisor, John Bodel, since her first year, attending the epigraphy graduate seminar and taking part in a three-week workshop in Greece in May 2015. Following her interest in epigraphy, Gaia wrote a dissertation titled “Fictive Kinship and Roman Childhood: A Social History”, which explores topic of fictive kinship – defined as a deep, personal connection between two or more individuals which is not biologically or legally sanctioned – in relation to children. This research project mainly relies anthropological theory on the identity and evolution of the family, recent research on the Roman family, and epigraphic evidence. Gaia also presented her work in several local and national conferences, such as the annual meetings of the Society of Classical studies, the Classical Association of Middle West and South, the Classical Association of New England, and the Northeast Modern Language Association. During her six years at Brown, Gaia’s greatest passion has been teaching her students about the ancient world.