Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Areas of Focus:
Roman archaeology; Roman history; first millennium BCE Italy; colonization and colonialism in the ancient Mediterranean; Pompeii and the Bay of Naples; ancient urbanism
Catherine K. Baker received a B.A in Classics, Classical Archaeology, and Anthropology from Brandeis University, an M.A. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati. Catherine’s research focuses on colonialism, imperialism, identity formation, and the development of networks of interaction and exchange across the ancient Mediterranean as the result of colonization, especially in the Roman world. She is particularly interested in the role that objects, such as coins and pottery, play in shaping communities and identities, and in forging new connections across cultural and political boundaries. Her current book project explores the phenomenon of Roman colonization in Central Italy from the 4th to the 1st centuries BCE and traces the material interactions and networks which developed between Romans and existing local populations.
Catherine previously taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and at Bowdoin College. Since 2009, she has excavated at Pompeii as part of the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and is currently involved in the publication of the project’s more than 9000 excavated small finds. She also serves as the pottery specialist for the Contrada Agnese Project of the American Excavations at Morgantina.