Department of the History of Art
Stephanie graduate magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Classical Civilizations in 2005, at which time she joined the education department at the Brooklyn Museum. Her experience teaching and training primary and secondary school students, teachers, and entry-level museum professionals set her on the path of teaching undergraduate audiences and launched her into graduate research.
Since coming to Penn, Stephanie has worked closely with excavated materials from the Penn Museum's expedition at Beth Shean, Israel. This work resulted in a paper at the annual AIA conference in Philadelphia in 2012 and the forthcoming publication "Nysiac Devotions: Woman-and-Child Figurines from Byzantine Burials at Beth Shean," in Actes du Colloque de Lille Figurines en context Lille déc 2011 + Actes de la réunion Silent Participants Philadelphia janvier 2012, edited by Arthur Muller, as well as "Death and Eternal Life at Beth Shean” and "Time, Memory, and Mosaics at the Monastery of Lady Mary," in Expedition 55/1 (2013), 33–36 and 37–42.
Her current focus is the now-lost Basilica of Junius Bassus, a 4th century C.E. domestic structure from the Esquiline Hill in Rome. Her dissertation, "From Consular Accession to Cosmic Triumph: Reassessing the Basilica of Junius Bassus," is supervised by Professors Ann Kuttner and C. Brian Rose (a Kolb senior fellow). The dissertation analyzes the Basilica of Junius Bassus and related visual material across media as articles of the senatorial aristocracy's self-representation and as artifacts of the elite response to the foundation of a "New Rome" at Constantinople. Stephanie is also interested in the reception of the ancient world, and looks forward to sharing her analysis of the Life of Constantine tapestry series discussed in her M.A. thesis, “Rubens’s Nova Roma: Recovering Heroes from an Antique Past."
For the summer of 2015, Stephenie received a Salvatori Research Travel Award. She was accepted to the "Visualizing Venice" program, a digital humanities training workshop co-sponsored by Duke University, the Università Iuav di Venezia, and the Università degli Studi di Padova. She will be in Venice for the program and in Rome for research.