Kimberly D. Bowes

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Contact Information
  • PhD Princeton University, 2002
  • MA Courtauld Institute of Art, 1993
  • BA Williams College, 1992

My work has addressed the archaeology of late antique religions, domestic architecture, and Roman economics. While my first two books addressed various aspects of elite culture in late antiquity, including private and instiutitonal aspects of early Christianity, I've recently made a swerve - to non-elites and issues pertaining to poverty and the Roman economy. To this end, myself and colleagues from Penn, Italy and beyond ran a large-scale project on Roman peasants in Tuscany, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the final publication of which is nearing completion. In the interim, I was away from Penn for 5 years, first as the Mellon Professor and later as the Director of the American Academy in Rome.

Research Interests: 

Roman archaeology, ancient economies, poverty in antiquity, late antiquity

Selected Publications: 
  • The Roman Peasant Project 2009-2014: Excavating the Roman Rural Poor (in progress)
  • Houses and Society in the Later Roman Empire (2010)
  • Private Worship, Public Values and Religious Change in Late Antiquity (2008)
  • Between Text and Territory: Survey and Excavation in the terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno, ed. with Richard Hodges and Karen Francis (2007)
  • Hispania in Late Antiquity: Current Approaches, ed. with Michael Kulikowski (2005)
Courses Taught: 

UNDERGRAD: CLST111: Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology; CLST274: The Archaeology of Roman Private Life; CLST355: Archaeologies of Religion; GRAD: CLST703: The House; CLST616: Ancient Economies (with Cam Grey)