Officers

Dr. Elizabeth Ann Pollard

President

bethDr. Elizabeth Ann Pollard is an Assistant Professor of History at San Diego State University. Her research interests in Greco-Roman civilization focus on women, religion, and Roman provincial administration, to name a few. Funded by a William Penn Doctoral Fellowship and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Before that, she completed her undergraduate work as a John T. Caldwell Scholar at North Carolina State University, graduating as valedictorian with a B.A. in History. Her doctoral thesis was entitled Magic Accusations Against Women in the Greco-Roman World from the First to the Fifth Centuries CE.

With grants from SDSU, she has pursued research in summer 2003 at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, where she studied a fourth-century CE magical handbook. In summer 2004, she studied inscriptions at archaeological sites in Greece and Turkey, in preparation for several articles on women’s civic euergetism and women’s epigraphic activity. With fellowships from the Endowment for Biblical Research and the American Center for Oriental Research, she has also participated in two excavation seasons of the Roman Aila Project in Aqaba, Jordan, where she helped to excavate an early Christian basilica.

Pollard has served as the President of the San Diego Society of the AIA since 2004. She has presented papers at the Association of Ancient Historians, the American Philological Association, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Her recent articles deal with topics such as images of witches in Greco-Roman art, magic accusations against women in first-century Rome, the place of Greco-Roman history in the field of World History, Roman-Indian spice trade, and the use of computer pedagogy to teach History.


Dr. Brad Kirkegaard

Vice President

bradDr. Bradford A. Kirkegaard is a Lecturer of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. His research interests focus on the interplay of early Christianity, Judaism and Greco-Roman Religions. Material culture is of particular importance for studying these interactions and his research in recent times has explored the sub-topic of religion and archaeology. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, completing his dissertation in 2007. His undergraduate training was at Harvard College where he completed his A.B. in Comparative Religion, graduating magna cum laude. Following his undergraduate training, he worked for two years full-time as the research assistant for the Sardis Expedition run out of Harvard University. His work for Sardis included maintaining the field records from the site and assisting in book publication particularly for the forthcoming volumes on the Synagogue and the Churches. His doctoral thesis, Emperors and Cities: the Transformation of Sacred Space in Late Antiquity, argues for the gradual and localized transformation of sacred space from pagan to Christian from the 4th through the 6th Centuries CE. Employing archaeological evidence from the city of Aphrodisias as a case-study, he explored the complexity and gradual nature of this transformation in depth. Kirkegaard has served as the Program Coordinator of the San Diego Society of the AIA since 2004 and as the Vice President since 2005. He is also serving on a three-year appointment to the national board of the Societies and Membership Committee of the AIA. In recent years, he has presented a range of papers at the national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Archaeological Institute of America. He is presently revising several of these talks and his dissertation for publication.


Suzie Carducci

Treasurer

suziSuzie Carducci has been Treasurer for the AIA, San Diego Society for more than a decade. She has a Bacherlor’s Degree from SDSU in Spanish with a Minor in French. She is a Travel Agent with AAA Travel. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Hui O Hawaii Civic Club and is a Hula Dancer.

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Sara Pianavilla

Secretary

Sara Pianavilla graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Classics and a minor in Anthropology. During that time she studied abroad in Greece and presented a paper at the SDSU Student Research Symposium on the Roman Navy.  Currently she works at the San Diego Museum of Man as an Archivist Assistant.

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Emily Pace

Membership Chair / Newsletter Editor

emilyEmily Pace, our Newsletter Editor and Membership Chair, graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Religious Studies. She has returned to SDSU as a graduate student of history and is the President of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She is currently working on research focusing on comparative women’s history in the ancient world. She plans to continue to a doctoral program where she will earn her Doctorate in history focusing on women in Roman society.