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- United States
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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- Archaeology, Ancient Art, Death and Burial, Feasting and Foodways, Prehistory, Bronze Age, the Hittites, Ancient Materials and Technologies, Cultural Heritage, Museums.
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- About Me
I am an art historically trained archaeologist with a background in anthropology and museum studies, fascinated by the diversity of human reactions to death and dying. My research focuses on Anatolia (ancient Turkey) and on the wider ancient Middle East, Egypt, and Aegean. I look at how perceptions of death were expressed in the form of objects, images, texts, and architecture. With an anthropological framework, I use this information to think about how we react to death and dying today and how we present ancient people and display objects in museums.
I am also interested in how museums help us understand, protect, and engage with the past. I have worked at several museums including Anatolian Civilizations Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology on archaeological, ethnographic, and archival materials. I have worked on collections from Turkey, Egypt, Mediterranean, and North America. At the moment, I am a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art conducting research on the ancient Anatolian collection.
As I am dedicated to education and public scholarship, I am always looking for accessible, inclusive, and exciting ways to communicate academic knowledge and information about the ancient world to larger audiences. You can find me on Youtube, EnCompass, SASA and Mainly Museums. I am now working on a “Handbook for Teaching about the Ancient World” that will enable educators to access and exchange teaching activities.
I am the founder of Project Visiting Scholar, a non-profit database project that aims to lower accommodation costs and increase inclusivity at academic conferences.
When I am not in the classroom or in a museum, I am at a historical cemetery somewhere in New England admiring gravestones.
- Recent Publications
2020. Why We Need to Talk About Death Right Now.
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- Country Focus
- ancient Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Mediterranean and Middle East
- Expertise by Geography
- Mediterranean, Middle East
- Expertise by Chronology
- Ancient, 9
- Expertise by Topic
- Art & Architectural History, Colonialism, Food History, Material Culture, Museums, Pedagogy