ABD, History of Art
Stephanie is an advanced PhD candidate in the History of Art department. She studies Roman art, with a particular focus on the city of Rome in Late Antiquity. Her dissertation centers on the 4th century CE Basilica of Junius Bassus, offering a reassessment of the monument’s function and a comprehensive analysis of its splendid program of opus sectile (marble inlay). The project situates the hall in its wider Esquiline landscape, advancing an account of how Rome’s late antique aristocracy maneuvered the city’s collection of art and manipulated urban topography.
Stephanie is particularly interested in digital humanities applications for cultural heritage preservation and visualization. She is launching a collaborative project with colleagues in Computer Science and the archaeological superintendency in Rome that is aimed at reconstructing the fragments of an unrestored opus sectile program by scanning and “stitching” disjoint marble fragments. She is also working on a project supported by a Price Lab incubation grant to create a 3D virtual model of the Basilica of Junius Bassus. This work in progress combines 20th century archaeological reports, elevation reconstructions, visitors’ written accounts, and Renaissance-period paintings and engravings of its interior decoration to visualize the building over several centuries. Stephanie is a member of the Price Lab’s Graduate Student Working Group in the Digital Humanities and a Kolb Junior Fellow.