Andrea Achi
Institute for Fine Arts, New York University
Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Archaeology

Andrea Achi is studying for a master’s in the history of art and archaeology, with a focus on early Christian and Byzantine Egypt, at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in ancient studies, and she received a master’s in May 2011 in ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian studies from New York University. Also, she is an archaeological ceramicist for New York University’s excavation at Amheida, Egypt.   

Diane Amoroso-O’Connor
Bryn Mawr College
Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

Diane Amoroso-O'Connor is a Ph.D. Candidate in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests include Roman History, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and the intersections of the various cultures around the ancient Mediterranean. Currently, she is researching the grain trade and its relationship with the Egyptian diaspora in Italy.

Zacharias Andreadakis
University of Michigan

Zacharias Andreadakis is a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan. He did his undergraduate studies in Greece, at the University of Athens. His main interests are Late Antiquity studies via historiographical, papyrological  and epigraphical evidence. His B.A. thesis was Crime and Punishment in Ammianus Marcellinus and his current project concerns Augustine's reception in early medieval philosophy.

Samantha Bellinger
Skidmore College
Art History and Arts Administration

Samantha Bellinger is a Master’s student at Skidmore College under David Howson.  Bellinger received her B.A. in Art History from Dickinson College.  Following her undergraduate career, she accepted a Fellowship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.   Then beginning her graduate studies in Art History at the University of Maryland, she studied Art History under Dr. Arthur Wheelock, Jr.  Now, combining her love of art and museums, she is pursing a Masters in Arts Administration.

Alexander Brey
Bryn Mawr College
History of Art

Alexander Brey is a graduate student in the History of Art department of Bryn Mawr College, focusing on late antique and early medieval palatial architecture in Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world. His M.A. thesis focused on the triconch audience hall of Mushatta, a late Umayyad palace, and its connections to domestic and religious architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. He has worked on several excavations including a Viking settlement in Scotland, a Roman fort in Jordan, and most recently the Medieval mosque in Tiberias, Israel. Other interests include economic and artistic exchange in the Indian Ocean, medieval and modern conceptions of the past, reuse and spoliation, and the possibilities presented by New Media for the exploration of Old Media.

Madeline Chera
Indiana University
Sociocultural Anthropology

Madeline Chera is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University and has an undergraduate background in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She studies the sociocultural anthropology of food and the environment through IU's Food Studies program, and she recently conducted research on building a local food system in the tourism industries of southern Belize as part of an applied anthropological fieldwork team. Madeline is currently interested in issues of biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Jamie Fishman
University of Cincinnati

Jamie Fishman is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. He received a B.A. in Classics from Kenyon College in 2010. His research interests include narrative theory, ancient lexicography, translation studies, sociolinguistics, and Homeric language and the oral tradition.  Jamie will also be presenting a paper at the upcoming APA Annual Meeting in January 2012 titled, “Virtuous Antithesis: Speech Patterns in the Menander’s Dyskolos."

Jennifer Griffiths
Bryn Mawr College
History of Art

Jennifer Griffiths is a doctoral student in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College with particular interests in Feminist Theory and Modern Italy. Her dissertation is entitled "Women Aeropainters of Italian Futurism: Extended Women and the Kingdom of the Machine." Jennifer has given previous conference papers at Monash University in Prato, Italy, Queen Mary University in London, and the University of Birmingham, UK.

Stephanie Simms
Boston University

Stephanie is a doctoral candidate specializing in Mesoamerican archaeology and archaeobotanical methods—specifically phytoliths and starch. Her dissertation research synthesizes excavation of an elite residential Maya compound (A.D. 800–950), detailed analysis of recovered artifacts, and identification of associated plant food residues to characterize daily activities involving interactions with food. Preliminary results confirm her expectation that she will be discussing more than just maize, instead exploring the range and diversity of edible plants in the tropical scrub jungle of the northwestern Yucatán peninsula.

Sarah Townsend
Fordham University

Sarah Townsend grew up in Rochester, NY and did her undergraduate degree in English and History at the University of Rochester. She is now a second year M.A. student in Medieval Studies at Fordham University. Her general research interests include Middle English and Anglo-Norman literature especially medieval romance, saints' lives and drama. More specifically, she is interested in medieval women readers and writers, cognition, the sensorium and performativity.  

Abbe Walker
Bryn Mawr College

Abbe Walker received her B.A. in Greek and Latin from Florida State University in 2008 and went on to receive her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2011. Her Master’s thesis examined the problem of virgin sacrifice in Euripides’ Hecuba and Iphigeneia at Aulis, combining close readings of the plays with modern theoretical approaches to sacrifice. Her research interests include Greek religion, tragedy, and historiography.

Rose Wellman
University of Virginia

Rose Wellman is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia. She recently came back from ten months of ethnographic research in Iran where she explored processes of kinship and nation making. Her theoretical interests include the study of kinship, procreation, Islam, and food. Rose graduated in 2005 with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College where she also studied anthropology.