The main focus of my research right now, “Re-centering Ionia” is dedicated to challenging the usual assumptions about Classical and early Hellenistic Ionia. Modern scholars tend to implicitly or explicitly interpret Ionia as subject to the imperial whims of more powerful actors in the Aegean. This project examines the history of Ionia at the confluence of domestic, regional, and imperial interaction, revealing that imperial actions were frequently dictated by these other relationships. A second feature of this project is reevaluating the cultural memory in and about Ionia, with a focus on how cultural memory shaped political activity.
I have produced three articles as part of this project, with two more in preparation. I have also been invited to write a chapter for a forthcoming volume on the Attic Orators and history.
The proposal for the first monograph from this research, entitled Accustomed to Obedience?: Ionia, Ionians, and Imperial Interaction in the Aegean 484-294 BCE, is under review. I also have plans for a second book, a history of Ephesus from its foundations through its creation as a tourist destination, focusing on the continual and continually changing dual identities that make it an enigma among Greek cities.
Bakers, Baking, and Bread in the Ancient Aegean
My second research project is an investigation into bakers, baking, and bread in the ancient Aegean. This project is conceived around a book project called From Farm to Table: daily bread in the Ancient Greek World, which will be a commodity history of bread. I presented the first paper from this project at the 2019 CAMWS meeting in Lincoln, NE, which focused on the importance of bread baking in the public foodscape of the Greek city.