Debbie is a Ph.D. candidate whose main areas of interest concern the art, archaeology, and history of Roman Asia Minor. She is currently writing her dissertation on “Culture and Countryside in Roman Bithynia,” which examines the culture of rural settlements in the province of Bithynia and Pontus. In this region, village settlements dominated the landscape, with cities located only intermittently between them. Her research seeks to answer how those living in rural areas represented themselves and their communities, as well as their relationships with the poleis to whose territories they belonged.
Debbie’s second main research interest concerns the reception of classical antiquity. She has presented on the role of ancient Rome in Italian Fascist ideology, and reviewed a recent book on the topic. She is currently working on the Margarete Bieber Project at Columbia, for which she is conducting archival research both at Columbia and Barnard. The project studies Dr. Bieber’s life and contributions to Greek and Roman art, especially her innovative work on ancient dress.
While at Columbia, Debbie has enjoyed teaching her own Latin courses and serving as a TA for courses on Roman Art and Roman and Egyptian History. Moreover, she is a team member of Columbia’s archaeological excavation project at Hadrian’s Villa in Italy, where she works as Trench Supervisor.
Debbie graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2014, where she received a B.A. in Classics and wrote an honors thesis on the role of Augustan art and archaeology in Italy under Mussolini’s Fascist regime. As an undergraduate, she excavated at Ostia Antica as well as Bir Madhkur, in southern Jordan.
Prior to entering Columbia, Debbie worked as a high school Latin teacher in Philadelphia. Email Deborah Sokolowski.