Staff and Fellows
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: Joanna Kostylo, MA PhD
Joanna obtained her doctorate in Italian history from Kings College, Cambridge. In 2005, she was appointed a Research Associate in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge to develop a digital archive of ‘Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1800)’ (www.copyrighthistory.org). In 2007, she was awarded a Buckley Research Fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge, and a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 2009. She also taught in the Italian Department at University College London. Joanna specializes in the Italian Renaissance, with specific interests in medicine, the history of the book and of intellectual property, and relations between Italy and Poland.
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.
Rome Fellow in Architecture: 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.
Research Professor in Archaeology: Simon Keay, BA PhD FSA
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
Jacopo is a practising artist who works across media, is trained in art history, and has been writing and lecturing about Italian post-war cinema since 2003. He joined the BSR in 1992 and was Assistant Director (Fine Arts) from 1998 to 2013. Further information on Jacopo can be found on his website.
Fine Arts Adviser: 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: Valerie Scott, BA
Valerie joined the BSR as Assistant Librarian in 1981, becoming Librarian in 1988.
Deputy Librarian: Beatrice Gelosia
Beatrice has been associated with the BSR since 1981, becoming full-time in 1989.
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.
Archivist: Alessandra Giovenco, MA
Alessandra joined the BSR in 1997 and has managed the Archive since 2002.
Administrative Assistant: 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.
Accounts Clerk: Isabella Gelosia
Isabella has been with the BSR since 1980 and has served under six directors so far.
Permissions and Logistical Support Officer: Stefania Peterlini
Stefania has been working with the BSR since 2001, and is currently responsible for special permits and for the administration of Taught Courses.
Residence Manager: Christine Martin, BA
Christine joined us in 2012 and is responsible for the residence and accommodation at the BSR.
Registrar & Publications Manager: Gill 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 Officer: Mary Ellen Mathewson, BA MInstF
Mary Ellen joined the BSR in 2010 to continue her distinguished and varied career in fund-raising and development in the UK and US.
Administrative Assistant: Alice Christie, MA
Alice joined the London office team in November 2013.
Systems consultant: Susan Rothwell Smith, MA
Susan oversees IT and process management within the BSR.
Domestic Bursar: Renato Parente
Maintenance: Fulvio Astolfi
Donatella Astolfi: Donatella began part-time in 2001 becoming full-time in 2003, cleaning the library and BSR public spaces.
Alba Coratti: Alba has worked at the BSR since 1993 and currently looks after the north wing studios and study bedrooms in the east wing.
Cooks: Giuseppe Parente, Dharma Wijesiriwardana
Waiter and Technical Assistant: 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.
Waiter/Porter: Antonio Palmieri
Archaeological Services Staff
Molly Cotton Fellow: Stephen Kay, MSc
Stephen worked as a geophysical researcher at the BSR before being awarded the Molly Cotton Fellowship in 2012. He graduated in Archaeology at the University of Durham and then specialised in Archaeological Computing (MSc) at the University of Southampton. He has managed many surveys and projects throughout Italy, and has built up a wide experience of landscape archaeology. He currently field directs the BSR’s joint research project at Segni. He also supervised the BSR’s excavation of a Roman villa as part of the Falacrinae Research Project (which is now being prepared for publication), as well as supervising the Portus Project. In the past he has also worked for the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Archeomar Project), as well as the Sovrintendenza Comunale of Rome (Appia Project). He is currently studying for a PhD at King’s College, London.
Geophysical Researcher: Sophie Hay, MA (Southampton APSS; based at BSR)
As Geophysical Researcher for the Archaeological Prospection Services of [the University of] Southampton (APSS) Sophie project manages surveys in Italy in collaboration with the British School at Rome. As well as conducting geophysical and topographical surveys for the Roman Towns Project at sites such as Otricoli, Portus, Falerii Novi and Fregellae, she also collaborates with universities, Italian authorities and private institutions on a vast range of archaeological research projects. Most recently her work has taken her to Pompeii, Alba Fucens, Rome and Segni, but also further afield, to Tunisia, Libya and Sudan. Before Southampton, she worked for the British School at Rome at Pompeii, Insula IX, Region 1, where she was the site director for archaeological recording, as well as supervising excavations. Her excavation work has taken her to locations such as Belize, Libya and Albania. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Southampton.
Geophysical Research Assistant: Matthew Berry, BA MSc
Upon graduating from the University of Reading in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology, Matthew was awarded a studentship to study for a Masters in Archaeological Prospection at the University of Bradford. Here he was able to further his practical experience of geophysical survey techniques and gain a greater understanding of the underpinning theoretical principles. For his Master’s thesis he helped design and test a magnetometer cart system and tied this in with the more general current geophysics research themes of collecting larger and higher resolution datasets over a shorter period of time. Matthew has worked on both commercial and research projects in the UK and abroad, and has a particular interest in Roman archaeology and the use of geophysical survey to help understand historical landscapes.
Research Fellows of the British School at Rome
Dr 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
Dr Claudia Bolgia
Linking evidence: a digital approach to medieval and early Renaissance Rome
Trade and commerce in Rome’s hinterland in the early and middle Republican period: Material culture approaches
Dr Patrizia Cavazzini
The art market and display of works of art in Roman houses in seventeenth-century Rome; artists at the papal court
Dr Roberto Cobianchi
‘Lo temperato uso delle cose’. La committenza dell’Osservanza francescana nell’Italia del Rinascimento
Dr Elizabeth Fentress
Dr Inge Lyse Hansen
Role-playing and role-models in Roman imperial art; late Roman funerary art; provincial identity and patronage in the Greek east
Dr Andrew Hopkins
Committenza architettonica fra Venezia e Roma nel Seicento
Dr Simon Martin
From peasants into sportsmen: sport and the development of modern Italy
Dr Natalia I. Petrovskaia
The Italian convergence of the encyclopaedic traditions of Honorius Augustodunensis and Isidore of Seville
Dr Sofia Serenelli
The cult of the Duce and the ‘mountain of Rome’: Terminillo, collective memory and legacies of Fascism, 1934-2012
Dr Karin Wolfe
The Venetian painter Francesco Trevisani
Honorary Fellows of the British School at Rome
Professor Girolamo Arnaldi
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
Professor Emanuela Fabbricotti
Professor Anna Gallina Zevi
Professor Pier Giovanni Guzzo
Mr Robert Jackson
Professor Adriano La Regina
Professor Eugenio La Rocca
Dr Tersilio Leggio
Professor David Marshall
Professor Fergus Millar
Avv. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Professor John Osborne
Dr David Woodley Packard
Professor Silvio Panciera
Professor Paola Pelagatti
Dr Anna Maria Reggiani
Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG
Professor Mario Torelli
Professor Maria Luisa Veloccia Rinaldi
Professor Fausto Zevi