Professor Popkin specializes in ancient Roman art and architecture. Her research interests include the relationship between art, spectacle, and ritual in the Roman world and the impact of visual culture on individual and social remembering in the classical world.
Prof. Popkin has published on archaic Greek vase painting, the stone finds from the Eastern Hill of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace in Greece, and cultic and architectural exchange between Samothrace and Rome. She has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences and colloquia. Her current book project, The Triumphal Route in Ancient Rome: Monuments, Experience, and Memory (under review at Cambridge University Press), examines the monuments built along the path of the Roman triumph, an elaborate ritual celebrating Roman military victories over foreign peoples, and their role in shaping how Romans experienced and remembered the triumphal ritual. Her next major project explores the phenomenon of souvenirs in the Roman world.
Before joining the faculty at CWRU, Prof. Popkin was the Samothrace Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU and Emory University. She has taught classes at the University of Hartford and New York University and has worked in the education departments of the Williams College Museum of Art and the Smith College Museum of Art. She has excavated at Selinunte in Sicily and at Samothrace in Greece, where she is an ongoing member of the archaeological team. She has received various grants and awards, including from the Fulbright Program and the Max Planck Institute’s Memoria Romana International Research Project.
Ph.D. New York University 2012
M.A. New York University
B.A. Williams College