RESEARCH

Within the fabric of ancient temple buildings, I read distinctions between imperial imagery and the irrepressible, sophisticated, and collaborative creativity of multi-ethnic laborer-artisans making hands-on decisions about structure and form in the fluid process of construction. The agency of these laborers emerged from their mastery of their own tools, techniques, and materials, which in turn guided architects and established the very concept of order that informed the tools, assumptions, and metaphors of ancient scientists and philosophers. I read Plato not as an abstract thinker addressing readers in the modern academy, but as a writer reflective of his own contradictory background and aspirations in a political environment he resented, and who made sense of the idea of order by appealing to shared understandings of artisans' tools and techniques of building and making things. And I read ancient Athens and Rome not as precursors of the Western tradition, but rather as significantly different prefigurations of modern imperialism, which we must approach with care and empathy beyond the limitations of our usual critical frameworks and imperially conditioned notions of progress. My fact of being situated in a Hispanic-Serving Institution and the settler colonial context of a U.S. land-grant university carries particular responsibilities that I embrace for my own research.  

See here for a select list of my publications.

RESEARCH FUNDING

Research, Design, and Innovation (University of Arizona), 2020-2023

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (University of Arizona), 2020-2023

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (Humanities Research Institute), Faculty Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2014, principal investigator

National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowship, American Research Institute in Turkey, 2011-2012, principal investigator

Campus Research Board, UIUC, for research travel and photography equipment for current book project, 2011-2012, principal investigator

Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC, for computer, software, and photography equipment for current book project, 2011-2012, principal investigator

Campus Research Board, UIUC, Humanities Released Time, reduced teaching load of one course in spring 2010, principal investigator

Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC, for research travel for previous book project, 2009-2010, principal investigator

Campus Research Board, UIUC, for research assistant and research travel for previous book project, 2009-2010, principal investigator

Special Grant, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC, for image fees for previous book project, 2008-2009, principal investigator

Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC, for exploratory research travel for previous book project, 2007-2008, principal investigator

John R. William and Flora Hewlett International Research Travel Grant, Exploratory research travel for previous book project, 2007-2008, principal investigator

Campus Research Board, UIUC, for research assistant and research travel for previous book project, 2007-2008, principal investigator