My Dissertation

People always ask, “What’s your dissertation about?” It is a seemingly simple question. The problem is that dissertations are never simple and they are often incredibly esoteric. Figuring out how to make it interesting and comprehensible to someone who knows nothing about the period and region you study can be…

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Big Changes Ahead!

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with change. On the one hand, I crave it. I love new places, new people, and new challenges. These keep me inspired and motivated. But on the other hand, too much change, too quickly can overwhelm me. Over the…

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The Best of Ancient Rome

        Rome is a city of historical layers. On top you have the grand and ornate Baroque Rome interspersed with the soft and tranquil Renaissance Rome (with some modern and Fascist architecture sprinkled throughout). These top layers sit above the Medieval layer, which sits on top of…

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