Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Agrimonti, Simone 
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Simone Agrimonti is a fourth year PhD student in Ancient History. He received his BA from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2011 and his MA from the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna in 2013. His research interests mainly focus on Greek history, with particular attention to the political and military structures of the Hellenistic world, the historiography of the Classical age, and to the epigraphic evidence from different areas of the Mediterranean.
Alimaras, Justin Christopher
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Justin Alimaras is a first year PhD student in Ancient History.  He is a proud alumnus of Columbia University's postbaccalaureate program in Classics (2014) as well as the City University of New York's Summer Greek Institute (2012).  Justin received his B.A. from Colgate University (go 'Gate!) where he graduated cum laude in 2010 with a double major in Latin and Environmental Economics.  His interests include the Roman Republic, the Persian Wars, ancient warfare in general, historiography, and ancient philosophy.
Arehart, Brent 
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Brent Arehart graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Classics and Religion. He is a second year PhD student in Ancient History with interests in ancient medicine, the history of science, and early Christianity.
Baker, Catherine 
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Catherine Baker received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.  She is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology, focusing on Roman Archaeology.  Her interests include urbanization, imperialism, and colonialism in the Roman world, particularly during the Middle Republican period, as well as ceramic studies and urban infrastructure and waste management.  Catherine has participated in field projects in Turkey and Italy, and currently works with the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project.

Catherine served as the Graduate Instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in 2014-2015.
Banks, Jeffrey 
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Jeff Banks is a PhD Candidate and Aegean Bronze Age archaeologist, focusing on ceramics on the Bronze Age Greek Mainland. His dissertation is on the Early Helladic period at Corinth. Jeff has worked on excavations at Knossos and Pylos with the University of CIncinnati and on the Mazi Archaeological Project, and in the past has worked at the Athenian Agora Excavation, at Mytilene, and on underwater archaeological suvey and excavation projects on Minorca. In 2016–2017, Jeff was a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as the Emily Townsend Vermeule Fellow .
Battaglia, Alessandro Giovanni 
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Beal, Sarah 
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Sarah Beal is a third year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She received her BA with research distinction in Classics from The Ohio State University in 2014 and her MA from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 for a thesis titled "Roman Battle Sarcophagi: An Analysis of Composition as a Reflection of Changing Imperial Styles and Production". Her fieldwork includes excavations at Caere (Cerveteri, Italy) and Pylos, as well as pottery studies at Gordion and Sikyon. Sarah is interested in the archaeology of Roman Greece and Asia Minor, with a particular interest in how material remains can be studied in order to extrapolate a greater understanding of social practice. 
Belza, Anna Aleksandra
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Anna Belza is a PhD student in Aegean Prehistory. She recieved her B.A. in Classical Studies from Sweet Briar College and her M.A. from Brandeis University. Her research interests include Aegean Prehistory, Early Iron Age Greece, archaeological theory, and the history of archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork at: Palace of Nestor Excavations, Hora Apotheke Reorganization Project, ASCSA Athenian Agora Excavations, and Apollonia Pontica Excavations (Sozopol, Bulgaria; Balkan Heritage Field School), and has participated in the ASCSA Summer Session (II) in 2012.
Bertram, Haley 
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Haley Bertram is a second year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She received her BA with honors in Classics from Wellesley College, and a MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of British Columbia. Her current research interests include Archaic Greece, craft production and technology, and cross-cultural interaction. She has excavated at ancient Eleon in Boeotia for the past several years, and is also working on a study of the Archaic and Classical figurines from the site.
Bhatti, Mohammed A
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Mohammed Bhatti is a fourth year student in the Ancient History stream. Before coming to UC he received his B.A and M.A in Classics from Brock University and spent a year as a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. His main areas of interest are Greek History and historiography, in particular Greek Imperial Literature. 
Brennan, Maura 
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Maura Brennan is a second year PhD student with a focus in Classical Archaeology. She graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2015 with degrees in Music and Classical Archaeology. Her research interests currently include the iconography, production, and dissemination of Archaic and Classical pottery. She has excavated at the Athenian Agora, and participated in the Mazi Archaeological Project, a regional survey in Western Attica. Maura is currently writing her Master's Thesis, which examines the complexity of two Early Iron Age cemeteries on the island of Thera. Her first article, Lame Hephaistos, appeared in the ABSA, and examines various means of depicting Hephaistos's disability on pottery, and discusses connections between the images and literary descriptions of the god.
Busnelli, Gabriele 
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Gabriele Busnelli earned both his B.A. (Comparative Philology/Historical Linguistics) and M.A. (Greek Philology) in Classics at Milan State University (Italy), and now is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Philology. His main focus is on Callimachus and Hellenistic Poetry, and he is mostly interested in aetiology. He has also a good competence in Historical Linguistics.
Collins, Kyle Matthew
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Kyle Collins is a third year PhD student in Ancient History. He received his BA in Classics and History from Ohio University ('14). His interests include Hellenistic Egypt (with a focus on the intersection between religion and politics), numismatics, and ancient slavery.
Cozzi, Cecilia 
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Crowe, Alice 
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Alice Crowe is a third-year PhD student concentrating in Aegean Prehistory. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Civilization from Boston University, and recently completed her M.A. at the University of Cincinnati with a thesis entitled “The Minoan Past in the Past: Bronze Age Objects in Early Iron Age Burials at Knossos, Crete.” She has excavated in Greece, Turkey, Albania, and Cyprus at sites spanning in date from the Bronze Age through the Roman period. Her research interests include the material culture, burial customs, and trade and exchange networks of the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Aegean, as well as the history of archaeology and the study of how archaeological material is appropriated and presented.
Dibble, W.Flint
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Flint Dibble received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation is titled Politika Zoa: Animals and Social Change in Ancient Greece (ca. 1600-300 B.C.)

Flint's research, set in the ancient Mediterranean, touches upon the topics of urbanism, economy, religious ritual, daily life, the human relationship with the ancient environment, and cultural role of food. Flint has participated on multiple archaeological projects spanning the Paleolithic through the Medieval period in the countries of Albania, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Ukraine. 
Gaki, Maria 
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Maria Gaki is a third year PhD student in Classical Philology. She received her BA (2010) and MA (2014) in Classical Philology form Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her focus is on the Hellenistic period. She is mainly interested in Hellenistic Philosophical theories and also in Hellenistic poetry, especially Theocritus, Callimachus and Hermesianax. Her other interests include the study of Greek and Latin drama.
Granitz, Nicholas 
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Nicholas is a third year PhD student in Ancient History. He holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Ashland University '11 (summa cum laude) and an MA in Ancient History from Indiana University '14. He specializes in historiography and the history of philosophy, with further interests in ancient religions, rhetoric and education, and cognitive experience (esp. spatial constructions and emotion). This is his second year as BASP assistant.
Guasti, Duccio 
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Hanel, Michael H
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Michael Hanel (BA, Concordia University (Seward, NE); MA Classics, Washington University in St Louis; MDiv Concordia Seminary) is a PhD candidate in philology. His interests include Greek prose, rhetoric, and Judeo-Christian literature and theology.
Hayward, Christopher J
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Christopher Hayward is a fourth year PhD student in classical archaeology, with a BA in classics and a BSc in chemistry from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and an MA in classics from the University of Cincinnati.  His main interests are in chemical analysis of archaeological material, and the relationship between technology and society in the ancient world, with a particular focus on the devlopment of the Roman glass industry.
Hunter, Kevin Lee
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Kevin Hunter is a second year Ph.D. student in Classical Archaeology. He earned his B.A. in Classics with a minor in Modern Greek Studies from San Francisco State University. His research interests include the Early Iron Age Aegean and the archaeology of the Cyclades. He has participated in fieldwork on the Cycladic islands of Despotiko and Kythnos as well as at the Palace of Nestor in Pylos.
Kidder, Kathleen 
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Kathleen Kidder is a sixth year PhD student in Classical Philology.  After completing her senior honors thesis on Theocritus' Idyll 29, she graduated summa cum laude in 2011 from the University of Texas, Austin with a BA in Classics. Her research interests include Greek poetry, aesthetics, epistemology, literary criticism, and textual criticism. She is currently working on a dissertation concerning representations of truth and falsehood in Hellenistic poetry, looking specifically at passages in Aratus, Nicander, Callimachus, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Lycophron. 
Laftsidis, Alexandros 
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Alexandros Laftsidis is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology. He received his B.A. and his M.A. from the Department of History and Archaeology in Thessaloniki. He has been trained in excavational methods in Pella Agora, Vergina and Archontiko, while later he worked for more than 4 full years as a contract archaeologist in many excavations in Greece (Pella, Pentavrysos in Kastoria, Toumpa Paionias, Thermi in Thessaloniki). Alexandros has participated in the studies for the restoration of the North and East wings of the Pella Agora and the exhibition of the New Archaeological Museum of Pella. He was also responsible for the photo illustration of the book: Akamati-Lilibaki M. – Akamatis I.M., The Hellenistic City of Florina, Thessaloniki 2006. His professional interests include pottery and technology of the Classical and Hellenistic period.
Landell, Brendan Patrick
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Brendan Landell is a first-year Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. Brendan received his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, and taught high-school for seven years before resuming his studies. He completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and in 2016 received his M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (in-between he took a break to care for his parents). Broadly speaking, Brendan’s interests include poetry (Greek and Roman) and rhetoric, especially what Cicero thinks about rhetoric and its relationship to philosophy. Brendan finds the relationship between speaker and audience (in any period, in any situation) fascinating, especially how language is employed to persuade and dissuade.
Lund, Andrew Robert
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Andrew Lund is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Classical Philology who received his B.A. ('13, magna cum laude) in Classics from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.  He is especially fond of Greek and Latin poetry, alterity studies, literary translation, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.  Specific genres of special interest include: drama (especially Roman comedy), Latin elegy, and the ancient novel. 

Greek Special Author: Euripides (directed by Kathryn Gutzwiller, Fall 2015)
Latin Special Author: Terence (directed by Lauren Ginsberg, Fall 2016)
Miller, Christopher 
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CJ Miller is a 3rd year Ph.D student specializing in Roman History. He graduated from Bates College in 2010 with a B.A in Classical and Medieval Studies. After a year at the University of Pennsylvania's Post-Baccalaureate program, he attended Boston College and received an M.A in Classics in 2013.  His primary interests are the history and historiography of the Roman Empire, ethnography, Silver Latin literature, mystery cults, and the controlled chaos of the 3rd century CE. 
Mina, Maria 
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Moss, Carina 
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Carina Moss is a PhD student in Philology. She received a BA in Classics from Bucknell University (2012). Her research focuses on Latin poetry, mainly elegy, and reception in post-Republican authors. Themes of this research include intertextuality, gender and memory studies, and questions of genre and form.
Motz, Christopher 
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Christopher Motz is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Roman Archaeology. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College and Master's degrees from Tufts University and the University of Cincinnati. His dissertation explores how knowledge networks shaped the construction of Roman industrial buildings in the western Mediterranean. His broader research interests include sub-elite material culture and spaces, the ancient economy, urbanism, provinces and frontiers, ethnicity and identity, material culture theory and object agency, archaeological methodology, and applications of technology in data acquisition, recording, and analysis. He has participated in fieldwork with the Sangro Valley Project (Tornareccio, Italy), the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (Pompeii, Italy), and the Say Kah Archaeological Project (Rio Bravo Conservation Area, Belize). He has developed digital field recording systems for archaeological projects in Italy, Libya, and Belize, and has consulted on systems for projects in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, and the UK.

https://uc.academia.edu/ChristopherMotz
Paizi, Eirini 
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Passaro, Kimberly 
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Kimberly Passaro is a second-year PhD student in Classical Philology. She received her BA in Classics and Religious Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2016. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, ancient Mediterranean religions, late antique literature, ancient magic, and ancient medicine.
Pavlick, Amanda K
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Amanda Pavlick is a doctoral candidate focusing on Roman and Italic archaeology. Her dissertation examines cross-cultural exchange in Italy in the Archaic Period. She holds a BA in Classics and English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in Classical Archaeology from Tufts University. Her fieldwork includes seasons at Vindolanda (Northumberland, England), Poggio Civitate (Murlo, Italy), Pichvnari (Kobuleti, Republic of Georgia), and she has been a trench supervisor for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia. Additionally, she worked for two years in archaeological publications with the Boston- and Cairo-based Ancient Egypt Research Associates.  Her wider research interests include the archaeology and social history of pre- and early-Roman Italy, identity, urbanism, and private religion.
Pohler, Allie Meelyn
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Raynor, Shelby Ann
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Shelby Raynor is a first year PhD student in classical archaeology with a focus on Roman archaeology. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with degrees in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Archaeology. She achieved High Honors in Latin after writing an undergraduate thesis entitled: "If These Walls Could Talk: Elevating Latin Love Elegy in Pompeian Graffiti." She studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in the spring of 2016.  Her research interests include the study of graffiti as both an archaeological artifact and piece of literature, bread baking practices throughout the Roman Empire, the challenges of feeding large urbanized populations, and working with legacy data. She has excavated with the Sangro Valley Project in Tornareccio, Italy and the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnesse Project in Sicily. 
Snead, Whitney B
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Whitney Brooke Snead is a seventh year Phd candidate. She is currently writing her dissertation, Collective Networks among Greek Settlements on the Euxine, which investigates the Classical Greek Colonies around the Black Sea through a Peer Polity Interaction analysis.  Generally, Whitney is interested in exploring concepts of the Greek polis outside the mainland, from the archaic period until the rise of Rome as well as those populations marginalized by the mechanisms within the polis.
Sneeringer, Margaret N
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Margaret is a PhD student specializing in Aegean Prehistory.  She received her BA in Archaeology from Boston University in 2009 and her MA from the University of Cincinnati in 2011.  Margaret attended the Keros Archaeological Field School in Greece, and has worked with the Kilteasheen Archaeological Project in Ireland, the Central Lydia Archaeological Survey in Turkey, the BSA Sparta Theatre Excavations in Greece, the Episkopi-Bamboula Project in Cyprus, at Knossos on Crete, with the Hora Apotheke Reorganization Project at Pylos, and with the Ismenion Excavation Project in Thebes, Greece.
Sturge, Charles
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Charles is a fourth year student of Aegean Prehistory. He gained the BA and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge (King's College) in 2012 and 2013. He has field experience in the UK, and in Greece at Knossos and Pylos. 
His main research interests are in state formation, the relationship between Crete and the Greek mainland, particularly in the Early Mycenaean period, and how we should conceive the links between material culture change and socio-cultural change.
Swinford, Katherine M
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Katie Swinford is a PhD candidate in Classical Archaeology and currently teaches Latin and Ancient & Medieval History at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati. She received her B.A in Classics and Classical Civilization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During her undergraduate and graduate education, she has studied and traveled throughout the Mediterranean, and has excavated at archaeological sites in the Cyclades, East Lokris, and northern Greece. Her dissertation, entitled "Seeking the Polis: Evaluating the Archaeological Evidence for Archaic Settlements in Macedonia," defines the archaic Macedonian settlement and its relationship to its earlier manifestations, its contemporaries in the area, and Greek colonies in Macedonia.
Taniguchi, Jesse C
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Jesse Taniguchi is a 6th-year PhD candidate in Classics. He earned his BA in Classics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. His primary academic research interests are in the ethical and political ideas found throughout the works of ancient literature and philosophy. His dissertation focuses on the degenerative aspects of democracy and tyranny in the political thought of Plato. 
Tsikritea, Vasiliki 
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Valia Tsikritea is a first year Ph.D. student in Early Iron Age archaeology. She earned her B.A. in Archeology and Art History from the University of Athens. Her research interests include the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece, concentrating in the archaeology of cult and religion. She has conducted fieldwork and survey projects in mainland Greece (Pylos, Mt. Lykaion, Marathon, Rafina, Nea Makri, ancient Tenea), on Crete (Gaidourofas, Stavromenos, Livari) and on the Aegean islands of Andros (Palaiopoli) and Kos (Kardamaina).
Tsiolaki, Efthymia 
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Efthymia Tsiolaki is a Ph.D. candidate concentrating in Aegean Prehistory. She received her B.A. in History and Archaeology and her M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her dissertation examines social change and dynamics in the region of Pylos from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. She is also a ground stone tools specialist examining technology and use-wear on assemblages from Thessaloniki Toumba, Aspis in Argos, and Skala Soteros in Thasos. She has conducted fieldwork at Pylos, Toumba Thessaloniki, Dion, Knossos (KULP), Dikili Tash in Kavala, and worked as contract archaeologist in rescue excavations for the Greek Archaeological Service in the area of Kozani.
Weir, William J
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William Weir holds a B.A. in Classics and Anthropology and a M.A. in Classics, both from the University at Albany. Mr. Weir is currently a graduate student in the Bronze Age Archaeology program with a focus on the island of Cyprus. He has conducted fieldwork at the Cypriot Bronze Age sites of Pyrgos Mavororaki and Sotira Kaminoudhia and is currently working at Episkopi Bamboula in Cyprus. He has also conducted fieldwork at the Roman site of Viminacium in Stari Kostolac, Serbia. Mr. Weir has extensive experience in Cultural Resource Management with the Louis Berger Group, Inc. where he served as a Principle Investigator participating in and directing fieldwork in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast states in addition to Indiana and Baghdad, Iraq.
Wenner, Sarah 
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Sarah is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology.  She received her BA in Anthropology and Economics from Albion College, and her MA in Ancient History from North Carolina State University.  She is currently the Assistant to the Director for the Petra North Ridge Project and the Ceramicist for the Udhruh Archaeology Survey Project.    
Wisenbarger, Angelica 
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Angelica is a PhD student in philology. She holds a BA in Classics from Denison University and MPhil from Cambridge (she followed cranky Erasmus to Queens' College). Her interests include ancient notions of etymology and semantics, particularly Varro's and Plato's; [ab]uses of semantic multiplicity (in poetry, puns, riddles, magic); Hellenistic literary epigram; Latin palaeography; ancient notions of sight, light, and shadow; the riddles of Symphosius; and historical linguistics. 

insidias nullas vereor de fraude latentis,
nam deus attribuit nobis haec munera formae
quod me nemo movet nisi qui prius ipse movetur. 
Zafeiriadis, Paschalis 
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Paschalis Zafeiriadis is a 6th-year PhD candidate in Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology. PhD Topic: Spatial Organization in LN-EBA Communities of Macedonia, Greece. Researh Interests: Neolithic and Bronze Age of Northern Greece, Spatial Archaeology, Theoretical Archaeology,Archaeology and Politics. 
Education: B.A. in Archaeology and History of Art (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), M.A. Prehistoric Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), M.A. Classics (University of Cincinnati)
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