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Leah M. Hansard

PhD Candidate, Art History (Roman Art and Architecture)

Research Interests

  • Etruscan and Roman archaeology

  • Roman architecture and architectural decoration

  • Archaeology of the Roman economy

  • The city of Rome


MSt, Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford

BA, Anthropology and Classical Civilizations, University of California, Berkeley


Leah is a specialist in Roman archaeology and architectural history. She has excavated in Nemea, Greece and Cosa, Italy, and spent several seasons with the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project in Murlo, Italy. As an undergraduate, Leah worked in the Archaeological Research Facility and the Historical Research Facility at UC Berkeley, and has volunteered in collections management at the Heart Museum of Anthropology. At Oxford, Leah focused on the architecture of the Late Roman Republic and ancient wall painting. Her thesis examined the tomb paintings of La Tomba della Quadriga Infernale in Sarteano, Italy. After completing her MSt, she worked in modern and contemporary art galleries in her native San Francisco Bay Area, doing everything from designing and hanging shows, packing art, and art consultancy, until returning to UC Davis to study Greek and Latin. At UT Austin, Leah’s research centers on the architecture and archaeology of the economy in Roman Italy, cultural heritage preservation, and museology.