Professor Brian Ayers, B.A.

Visiting Professor. Brian Ayers is currently a Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He was Assistant Head of Museums & County Archaeologist for Norfolk until 2008. Thereafter he became the Chief Executive of the Butrint Foundation until the end of 2011 (for which organisation he continues as a consultant) and which works to secure preservation of the World Heritage Site of Butrint in Albania.
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Professor Pier Matteo Barone, PhD

Professor. Dr. Pier Matteo Barone teaches courses on archaeological methodology, geophysical techniques (GPR, in particular) and forensic archaeology, as well as courses on the archaeology and heritage of Rome and the eastern Mediterranean. His research is centered on different remote sensing applications to better understand the archaeological landscape. He is a recognized expert in forensic archaeology employed to testify in criminal and civil cases. 
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Professor Marco Conti, PhD

Adjunct Pofessor. Professor Conti is specialized in the History of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, Christian Greek and Latin Literature, and Classical and Medieval Philology. His publications include a complete critical edition with English translation of Potamius of Lisbon, an Arian writer of the IV century (Corpus Christianorum - vol. LXIX A), a complete edition with English translation of Priscillian of Avila, an heretical writer from the late IV century (Oxford Early Christian Texts), and a complete edition with English translation of the 'Life of Saint Helia', a woman saint of the IV-V century (Oxford Early Christian Texts).
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Professor Crispin Corrado, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Crispin Corrado is a classical archaeologist specializing in Roman art, who received her Ph.D. at Brown University, and an M.A. in Art History and B.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago. She has fieldwork experience at Pompeii, and has worked in a curatorial capacity in the departments of ancient art at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Vatican Museums.
She currently teaches courses related to ancient Rome at several study abroad institutions in Rome, and serves as the Academic Director for the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, the international organization dedicated to issues related to the loss and destruction of art and cultural artifacts. She is also the founder and an acting officer of the Rome Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. 
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Professor Giulia Facchin

Adjunct Professor.
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Professor Carlotta Ferrara, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Dr Ferrara currently is a researcher at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, for statistical modeling and analysis in different fields of applied physics to forest ecosystems and the environment. She is participating in different interdisciplinary researchers focused on Sustainable Forest Management for the provision of forest ecosystem goods and services; evaluation of the forest system functioning under increasing environment changes; impacts and effects of climate change on forests; demographic pressure and forest wildfires.  
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Professor Fabrizio Galeazzi, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Dr. Galeazzi is an expert in Digital Archaeology, and joins us at AUR having previously held research posts at such prestigious institutions as Cambridge University, the University of York, and Lund University. His current research involves using 3D technologies in research on two projects, one on the Mesolithic site of Star Carr in North Yorkshire, England, and the other focusing on Medieval  archaeology in Rome.
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Professor Genevieve Gessert, PhD

Professor. Professor Gessert obtained her BA in Classical Languages at the University of California and completed her PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at Yale University, Conneticut. She has published extensively on Classical Reception, especially on the role of Ancient Rome in the 20th century.
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Professor Lauren Golden, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Lauren Golden has a PhD in Art History with a specialization in Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture, Raphael, and Neuroarthistory. She has been studying the city of Rome for over 35 years and teaching in Italy for 20 years. Zealous for all things Roman, she teaches from 753 BC to c.1750 AD. Professor Golden has taught and lectured at the University of East Anglia, the Norwich School of Art & Design, Mount Holyoke College, Iowa State University in Rome, and has worked for the Getty Grant Programme.  
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Professor Maja Gori

Adjunct Professor.
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Professor Valerie Higgins, PhD

Professor. Valerie Higgins has an honours degree in Ancient and Mediaeval History and Archaeology from the University of Liverpool and a Master’s in Economic Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. She then worked as a professional archaeologist in local government before returning to the University of Sheffield to complete a Ph.D. on human remains from an Italian monastery site. After periods of research in the United States and New Zealand she came to live in Rome where she has been teaching and researching Italian archaeology.
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Professor Jens Koehler, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Jens Koehler studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East at Marburg and at Munich universities. His Ph.D. thesis “Pompai” describes the visual appearance of Greek and Roman festivals of the Hellenistic period. His main research interests are the Roman thermo-mineral baths (or spa baths), a project that was inspired by the Terme Taurine near Civitavecchia, and the ancient aqueducts, firstly for the water supply of Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, and actually the Aqua Alexandrina, Rome. He is member of two associations studying water supply and engineering in Antiquity (Frontinus Society and Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft).
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Professor Valentina Livi

Adjunct Professor.
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Professor Emily Pierini, PhD

Adjunct Professor. Dr Emily Pierini is a social anthropologist with extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience in Brazil and Europe. Her research interests in the field of social and medical anthropology, and the anthropology of religion include: health and spirituality, notions of the body and the self, emotions and the senses, spirit mediumship and religious experience.
Dr Pierini has taught Research Methods and Social Anthropology courses at the University of Bristol, the University of Rome Sapienza and the University of Sarajevo, and she has given invited lectures at Brazilian Universities. 
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Professor Simone Quilici

Adjunct Professor.
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Professor Elizabeth Wueste, PhD

Professor. Dr. Elizabeth Wueste (pronounced West-ee) joined AUR in 2018 as Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Classics. She is a classical archaeologist whose research focuses on Roman art, archaeology, and socio-cultural history. Before AUR, she was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio (2016-2018).
Professor Wueste is interested in questions of the projection of power, self-identification, and self-representation as expressed in the record of material evidence, especially within Late Antiquity and Early Christianity. Her current research on Late Antique honorific monuments explores the ways in which conspicuous public display contributes to an ongoing conversation with the audience to shape and project social image and identity, whether social, religious, civic, racial, ethnic, or political.
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