Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the AIA and the American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome/Archaeological Institute of America

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Deadline: November 1, annually (Application must be sent to the American Academy in Rome)

McKim, Mead & White Building

McKim, Mead & White Building, American Academy in Rome; Photograph by Robert Reck, 2001. (Courtesy of the American Academy in Rome)

Amount: $10,000

Purpose: A pre- or post-doctoral fellowship for study of archaeology and classical studies has been established by the Institute at the American Academy in Rome. This fellowship, with other funds from the American Academy in Rome, will support a Rome Prize Fellowship. For information and application forms, candidates should write to:

American Academy in Rome
7 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

Requirements: Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The AAR receives all applications. At the conclusion of the fellowship tenure, recipients must submit a report to the Chair of the AIA Fellowships Committee and the President of the AAR.

Contact:
Fellowship Coordinator
fellowships@aia.bu.edu
617-358-4184 (AIA) or 212-751-7200 (AAR)

Recipients

Current Recipient

Jessica NowlinJessica Nowlin, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University

Reorienting Orientalization: Local Consumption and Value Construction in Central Italy between the Tyrrhenian and and Adriatic Sea

The 2013 recipient of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship is Jessica Nowlin, a pre-doctoral candidate with the Joukowsky Institute at Brown University.  "My doctoral thesis seeks to build a new understanding of the Orientalizing period (8th and 7th c. BCE) within central Italy by investigating how imported materials from the eastern Mediterranean were used, accepted, and transformed throughout Italian communities. It examines entire cemetery groups centering on four case studies (Pian della Conserva, Terni, Colfiorito di Foligno, Campovalano), rather than only princely tombs, from between the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas. I am conducting a multi-layered contextual analysis within each cemetery, identifying typology, decoration and function of the imported grave goods. In addition my work goes beyond the funerary sphere by including a contextual assessment of foreign objects within settlement, production and sanctuary contexts. More broadly, my project explores ideas of cultural exchange, identity formation, and the ways in which local communities incorporate and manipulate foreign objects and concepts."

Past Recipients

Claudia MoserClaudia Moser, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University

Material Witnesses: The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium and the Memory of Sacrifice

The 2012 recipient of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship is Claudia Moser, a doctoral candidate with Brown University.  "My dissertation, Material Witnesses: The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium and the Memory of Sacrifice, examines the site-specific character of sacrifice, centering on the multiple altars at five distinct sanctuaries in Latium, with dates spanning the entire Republican era. I place the sacrificial ritual at its particular monumental altar, in its proper temporal, geographic, and topographic space, and reintegrate contextually associated votives and the organic remains of sacrifice within the spatial framework of each sanctuary. While it may be impossible to fully recreate the experiential aspect of Roman sacrifice, addressing the ritual's material elements clarifies each aspect of the sacrificial procedure (from the procession of the animal to its slaughter to its cooking) and serves to highlight the ways in which the components of collective ritual might have functioned in their constituent communities."

Margaret Marshall AndrewsMargaret Marshall Andrews, Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, University of Pennsylvania

Down in the Valley: a topographical study of the Subura in Rome from Caesar through Charlemagne

The 2011 recipient of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship is Margaret Marshall Andrews, a doctoral candidate with the University of Pennsylvania.  “This project examines the topographical evolution of Rome's Subura district during the first millennium A.D. Ancient literary accounts describe a persistent elite occupation on the upper slopes of the city's eastern hills, but the valley between them is described as a socially marginalized, crowded residential and commercial area. Since the archaeology of the urban lower class has rarely been of great interest to scholars of Rome, we have an abridged reconstruction of the city's historical topography and an incomplete understanding of how the lower classes actually lived.  My dissertation fills this gap, as it is the first systematic study of the area. In analyzing the district over the longue durée, its shifting character and fabric can be tied to the drastic social and religious changes that took place during the first millennium.”

Lauren M. Kinnee

Lauren M. KinneeLauren M. Kinnee, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

The Roman Trophy: From Battlefield Marker to Emblem of Power

The 2009 and 2010 recipient of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship is Lauren Kinnee, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Greek & Roman Art & Archaeology with the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Her dissertation topic is the development of the trophy, particularly its adoption by and use in Roman art. The Fellowship award will allow Ms. Kinnee to travel to Rome and other locations to examine the particular objects dealt with in her dissertation, and to discover other significant artworks which will further inform her research. She also intends to conduct library research at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library and Fototeca of the American Academy in Rome, and hopes to examine the Fototeca of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Rome.

John N.N. Hopkins

John N.N. Hopkins

John N.N. Hopkins
The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Geography in the Early City

The 2007 and 2008 recipient of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship is John N.N. Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins is a doctoral student with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation work analyzes topographical changes in Rome between the 7th and 5th centuries B.C., including the foundation for the Roman Forum, construction of first roads, drainage systems, and numerous temples and monuments. Of particular interest is the question of why the Romans were interested in making these transformations, and how they were able to facilitate them. Mr. Hopkins was awarded a 2-year Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. (Photo: Illustration of building of foundations of Capitoline Temple from Capitoline Museums)

Lisa Mignone

Lisa Mignone, Columbia University
Fare l’Aventino: A Social and Urban History of the Aventine in the Roman Republic
Lisa MignoneLisa Mignone is conducting a reexamination of the Aventine Hill in Rome, including an in-depth analysis of its topography, politics, infrastructure, and social development in the context of the city as a whole. Her research at the AAR will be rooted in primary sources, both textual and archaeological.