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Staff and Fellows

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Director: Christopher Smith, MA DPhil FSAS FRHistS FSA

After a doctorate at Oxford on Early Rome and Latium from 1000 to 500 BC, Christopher moved to the University of St Andrews in 1992. In 2006 he was appointed Vice-Principal with responsibility for graduate studies and student services. His research interests are focused on the development of Rome as a political and social community, and on how this was represented in ancient historical writing and subsequent political thought. He is one of the editors of a major new edition of the Fragmentary Roman Historians. Christopher first came to the BSR in 1990, and was the 2006-7 Hugh Last Fellow before returning as Director in 2009.

Assistant Director: Thomas-Leo True, MA PhD

Following a first class degree in the history of art at the University of Cambridge, Tom remained at Cambridge to undertake an MPhil and PhD. Whilst undertaking the research for his doctorate on ‘Power and place: the Marchigian cardinals of Sixtus V’, he held a Rome Scholarship at the BSR (200910); and returned as Giles Worsley Travel Fellow in 2013–14. A book arising from this research will be published in 2016. Tom joined the BSR as Assistant Director in September 2015. His current research focuses on ‘Rome’s wider realm: culture as control in the Papal States’.

Cary Fellow:  Robert Coates-Stephens, BA PhD

Robert gained his degree and PhD in archaeology at University College London (1988-95). He first came to the BSR as Rome Scholar in 1995-6 and has been Cary Fellow since 2002. He directs the undergraduate Ancient Rome Summer School and postgraduate City of Rome courses. In addition to the topography, history, art and archaeology of the city of Rome, his research centres on the Antique in the Early Middle Ages. He is the author of Porta Maggiore: Monument and Landscape (2004)and Immagini e memoria: Rome in the photographs of Father Peter Paul Mackey (2009), and is a Socio Corrispondente of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia.

Research Professor in Archaeology: Simon Keay, BA PhD FSA FBA

Further information on Simon can be found on his profile page at the University of Southampton.

Senior Research Fellow in Modern Studies and Contemporary Visual Culture: Jacopo Benci, MA

Jacopo is a practising artist who works across media. He holds a degree in contemporary art history from La Sapienza University, and since 2003 he has been researching, lecturing and publishing on 1940s-1980s Italian cinema, photography, and visual arts. He joined the BSR in 1992 and was Assistant Director (Fine Arts) from 1998 to 2013. For further information see Jacopo’s website.

Architecture Curator: Marina Engel, MA

Marina Engel set up and curated the British School at Rome’s contemporary art programme from 1990 to 1996, before leaving for Switzerland. On her return in 2006 she established the BSR’s architecture programme, which she continues to curate.

Visual Art Residency and Programme Curator: Marco Palmieri, BA PgDip

Marco joined the BSR in 2014. He studied at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury and the Royal Academy Schools, London.

Librarian and Deputy DirectorValerie Scott, BA

Valerie joined the BSR as Assistant Librarian in 1981, becoming Librarian in 1988.

Deputy LibrarianBeatrice Gelosia

Beatrice has been associated with the BSR since 1981, becoming full-time in 1989.

Library Assistants: Francesca De Riso, Francesca Deli, Cecilia Carponi, Cecilia Spano

Francesca De Riso, BA: Francesca joined the BSR in 1998 and is in charge of the management of periodicals.
Francesca Deli: Francesca joined the BSR in 2004, becoming full-time in 2006.
Cecilia Carponi & Cecilia Spano provide part-time support for shelving and cataloging

ArchivistAlessandra Giovenco, MA

Alessandra joined the BSR in 1997 and has managed the Archive since 2002.

Communications Manager: Natalie Arrowsmith, BA MPhil

Natalie first came to the BSR on the Undergraduate Summer School in 2009. She came back to the BSR as a member of staff in 2012, following her degrees in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge.


Administrative Assistant (Communication and Events): Eleanor Johnson, BA

Eleanor started as a member of staff in September 2016, following her BA in the Classical Past at Durham University. She previously completed her Erasmus year in Rome at Sapienza, Università di Roma, in 2014.

Finance Manager: Nick Hodgson, ACA

Nick moved to Rome and joined the BSR in 2016 after working in France, the UK and Channel Islands.

Accounts ClerkIsabella Gelosia

Isabella has been with the BSR since 1980 and has served under six directors so far.

Director’s Assistant and Permissions Officer: Stefania Peterlini

Stefania has been working with the BSR in various capacities since 2001, and now manages special permits, taught courses and supports the work of the Director. 

Residence ManagerChristine Martin, BSc

Christine joined us in 2012 and is responsible for the residence, accommodation and event planning at the BSR.

RegistrarGill Clark, BA PhD

Gill joined the BSR staff in March 1991, but her relationship with the BSR began as a Rome Scholar in 1980-1 followed by Rome Fellow in 1987-9. Gill now leads our London office. 

Development DirectorElizabeth Rabineau, BA MSc PgDip

Elizabeth joined the BSR in 2014 to continue her distinguished and varied career in fund-raising and development in the UK and US. 

Administrative Assistant (London): Alice Marsh, MA  

Alice first came to the BSR on the City of Rome course in spring 2016. She joined the BSR’s London office in September 2016.

Systems consultantSusan Smith, MA

Susan oversees IT and process management within the BSR. 

Domestic Bursar: Renato Parente 

Maintenance Officer: Fulvio Astolfi

Cleaning staff: Donatella Astolfi & Alba Coratti

Donatella began part-time in 2001 becoming full-time in 2003, cleaning the library and BSR public spaces.
Alba has worked at the BSR since 1993 and currently looks after the north wing studios and study bedrooms in the east wing.

Cooks: Luca Albanese, Dharma Wijesiriwardana

Residence Assistant & IT Support: Giuseppe Pellegrino

Peppe started working at the BSR in 1999. Since 2002 he has been responsible also for the technical equipment of the Sainsbury Lecture Theatre.

Residence Assistant: Antonio Palmieri

Archaeological Services Staff

Archaeology Officer: Stephen Kay, MSc

Stephen worked as a geophysical researcher before being awarded the Molly Cotton Fellowship in 2012. In 2015 he took on the role as the BSR Archaeology Officer, responsible for the daily running of the department and fieldwork projects. He graduated in Archaeology at the University of Durham and then specialised in Archaeological Computing at the University of Southampton. He has managed surveys and projects throughout Italy and the Mediterranean and has built up a wide experience of landscape archaeology. He currently co-directs the BSR’s 3-year research project at Pompeii, Porta Nola Necropolis. He has recently undertaken excavations at Segni (together with the Museo Comunale) and Cittareale (Lazio), now both being prepared for full publication.

Geophysics Officer: Sophie Hay, MA PhD (Southampton APSS)

As a geophysics researcher for the Archaeological Prospection Services of [the University of] Southampton (APSS) Sophie works alongside Stephen Kay on surveys in Italy and beyond. She has worked at sites such as Otricoli, Portus, Falerii Novi, Fregellae and Segni, but also further afield, in Tunisia, Libya and Sudan. For her PhD Sophie conducted a building survey and diachronic analysis of five houses within Insula I.9 at Pompeii.



Research Fellows of the British School at Rome

Joan Barclay Lloyd
The architecture and decoration of medieval churches and monasteries in Rome, c. 1050-c. 1320

Maria Cristina Biella
Giving voice to an ancient city: the case of Falerii Veteres

Claudia Bolgia
Linking evidence: a digital approach to medieval and early Renaissance Rome

Roberta Cascino

Trade and commerce in Rome’s hinterland in the early and middle Republican period: material culture approaches

Patrizia Cavazzini
The art market and display of works of art in Roman houses in seventeenth-century Rome; artists at the papal court

Francesco Maria Cifarelli
Archaeology of Lazio and the suburbium of Rome

Roberto Cobianchi
‘Lo temperato uso delle cose’. The patronage of the Franciscan Observance in Renaissance Italy

Maria Giuseppina Di Monte
Theory and history of contemporary art

Elizabeth Fentress
Roman archaeology

Stefania Gerevini
‘Liaisons dangereuses’: art, identity and conflict in medieval Venice, Genoa and the eastern Mediterranean

Inge Lyse Hansen
Role-playing and role-models in Roman imperial art; late Roman funerary art; provincial identity and patronage in the Greek east

Andrew Hopkins
Architectural patronage between Venice and Rome in the seventeenth century

Patrick Houlihan
Religion, war, and the Catholic Church in the 20th century

David Knipp
The Presence of Syrian Greeks at S. Maria dell’Ammiraglio, Palermo 1143–93

Simon Martin
From peasants into sportsmen: sport and the development of modern Italy

Ian McBride
The penal times: religion and society in Ireland, 1685–1800

Maria del Carmen Moreno Escobar
Exploring the port system of imperial Rome: applications of archaeological spatial analysis on movement and vision in the Lower Tiber Valley (1st century AD–3rd century AD)

Guido Petruccioli
The collecting and trade of antiquities in late nineteenth- and early twentienth-century Rome: the John Marshall and Edward Perry Warren Archives

Amy Russell
Senatorial monuments and political identity

Renato Sebastiani
The archaeology of Portus

Magdalena Skoblar (BSA-BSR Adriatic Connections Fellow)
Star of the sea: the cult of the Virgin Mary in the early medieval Adriatic c. 751–1095

Paul Gabriele Weston
Digital libraries. Models, strategies and services quality assessment. 

Maurice Whitehead
The archives of the Venerable English College

Karin Wolfe
The Venetian painter Francesco Trevisani 

Honorary Fellows of the British School at Rome

Professor Gilda Bartoloni

Professor Anna Maria Bietti Sestieri

Dr Angelo Bottini

Mr Peter Brown CBE

Professor Andrea Carandini

Mr Roderick Cavaliero

Professor Filippo Coarelli

Professor Francesco D’Andria

Professor Stefano De Caro

Professor Paolo Delogu

Lady Egerton

Professor Emanuela Fabbricotti

Professor Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai

Professor Anna Gallina Zevi

Professor Pier Giovanni Guzzo

Mr Robert Jackson

Professor Adriano La Regina

Professor Eugenio La Rocca

Dr Tersilio Leggio

Professor Paolo Liverani

Professor David Marshall

Professor Fergus Millar

Avv. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

Professor Massimo Osanna

Professor John Osborne

Dr David Woodley Packard

Professor Paola Pelagatti

Professor Lorenzo Quilici

Professor Stefania Quilici Gigli

Dr Anna Maria Reggiani

Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG

Mr Michael Stillwell

Professor Mario Torelli

Professor Fausto Zevi