Title: Assistant Professor of Architecture
Office: DN 290
Architecture, especially its history, is my passion. Introduced to architectural history when I was a first-year, architecture major, I quickly realized that my future involved examining older works of architecture and not working in a design studio. I earned my bachelor’s degree with honors and high distinction in art history from Penn State and earned my doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.
Specializing in the architecture and urbanism of the Roman Empire, I have conducted archaeological fieldwork in Tunisia and Italy. I served as the assistant director of the Jerba Project (Tunisia) for several field seasons, and the first volume of our fieldwork was published in 2009: E. Fentress, A. Drine, and R. Holod, ed. An Island Through Time: Jerba Studies, volume 1. The Punic and Roman Periods (Portsmouth, RI: 2009). My current book project, Architecture and Urbanism in Roman Africa: Individuality within Regularity, grew out of my earlier fieldwork and utilizes digital modeling to understand the urban design strategies employed in cities in Roman Africa.
At ASU I teach the history of architecture from prehistory to the present day from a global perspective. I have been nominated for numerous teaching awards (two at ASU, one statewide, and two national). In 2009 I received the New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). In addition, the American Institute of Architects – Arizona Chapter selected me as the 2011 Educator of the Year.
Currently I am in my fifth term as President of the Central Arizona Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and my first term as Vice President for Societies of the Archaeological Institute of America.