Kim Bowes

Associate ProfessorClassical Studies

(215) 736 -1285

265 Cohen Hall


Kim specializes in Roman archaeology. Her first two books and early career focused on the archaeology of late antiquity, particularly the ways in which elite households responded to new Christian heirarchies, and the way that domestic architecture is - or is not - a useful mirror of social practice. Her more recent work deliberatly leaves elites aside and addresses the material experience of non-elites, particularly the poor. Together with Cam Grey and and an international team she started the Roman Peasant Project in 2009 to better understand the lives of rural peasants in central Italy. As part of that work she has developed interests in economic history, Roman landscapes and class. Kim was the Mellon Professor and the 22nd director of the American Academy in Rome.