My interests lie in the archaeology and cultural history of Greece, the Aegean, and the Central and Eastern Mediterranean from the Bronze Age through the early Hellenistic period. I am particularly fascinated with the economic, diplomatic, and religious interconnections between these regions. My doctoral dissertation investigated Corinthian Trade with the West in the Classical and Early Hellenistic Periods. I have excavated at Carthage in Tunisia, Poggio Civitate (Murlo) in Tuscany, Italy, and in Ancient Corinth in Greece, and participated in the Argolid Exploration Project in Greece. I have served as Assistant Director of the Skourta Plain Survey Project and Excavations at Panakton. I have a long association with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and served as Gertrude Smith Professor and co-director of the ASCSA Summer Session in 2005 and 2011. My commitment to teaching extends to Study Abroad programs, and I have co-directed the Penn State Spring Semester in Athens in 1999, 2005, and 2011, and the Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology in 2012. I am currently researching the pottery and minor finds from the Argolid Exploration Project.
Honors and Awards:
Faculty Marshal for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Commencement 2007, 2012, 2013.
Public Scholarship Course Development/Enhancement Grant for Democracy and Crisis in Ancient Athens: Redesigning CAMS 25 (U) for Interactive Learning and Democratic Capacity Building, 2007, taught for Schreyer Honors College spring 2008 & fall 2012, & as an Honors First Year Seminar in fall 2008 and fall 2009.
"From Beyond the Pillars of Herakles: Corinthian Trade with the Punic West in the Classical Period," in Corinth, volume XX, Corinth: The Centenary, 1896-1996, Charles K. Williams II and Nancy Bookidis, Editors, Princeton (June 2003), pp. 195-217.
"On the Frontier of Attica and Boiotia: the Results of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project, 1985-1989," with Mark H. Munn, in Teiresias, Supplement 3 (1990), pp. 33-40.
"Studies on the Attic‑Boiotian Frontier: The First Season of the Stanford Skourta Plain Project," with Mark H. Munn, Boeotia Antiqua, volume I, Amsterdam 1989, pp. 73‑127.