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Mikel Wein


Roman Networks: Developing Inter-Regional Connections and Expressions of Identity

Supervised by: Prof. Rebecca Sweetman & Dr Carlos Machado

My PhD builds on my Master's work to examine the expansion of Roman social control within central Italy by analyzing the networks of interactions between Rome and prominent sites within the region. The focus is primarily on the control of the resources and technologies required to produce decorative terracotta used on sanctuaries, how Roman elites may have leveraged this control, and how the terracotta reflect the social identities of Romans at the time.

Academic biography and research interests

My research interests focus on Roman urban and identity development, social control, and social networking. Before coming to St. Andrews, I completed a B.A. with majors in Ancient History and Archaeology and a minor in Classical Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012), and a M.A.L.S. in Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds from City University of New York Graduate Center (2016). I also completed a Graduate Certificate in GIS from North Carolina State University (2017). My Master’s work used a comparative and semiotic approach to investigate early ‘Romanization.’