Department of History and the College
Margaret Andrews is an archaeologist and ancient historian focusing on the intersection of Roman social history and material culture over the longue durée. She is particularly interested in the social dynamics of ancient cities, specifically the recursive relationship between large-scale social change and urban transformation. Her current book project uses a combination of written, material, and visual evidence to analyze the physical development of a neighborhood in Rome from the Bronze Age to the Early Middle Ages (ca. 850 BCE–850 CE) and to show how this area of the city became the primary locus for expressing normative, institutional values of female social roles in the built environment throughout its history. She has published several articles on her research and has co-edited a monograph on the excavation of an imperial villa and medieval monastery in central Italy. She currently directs her own field work projects in Rome.
Andrews received her PhD in Mediterranean archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in classics from Princeton University. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships, including a Rome Prize fellowship in Ancient Studies from the American Academy in Rome. She comes to the University of Chicago from Brown University, where she was a visiting assistant professor of classical archaeology at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.