History of post-classical Greece and the Roman Empire; impacts of empire on local religious and cultural identities; urban development and reuse of sacred space; interplay of identity, memory, and landscapes in ancient societies
How to Move a God: Shifting Religion and Imperial Identities in Roman Athens
Joshua R. Vera is a doctoral candidate in ancient Mediterranean history, specializing in the religions, cultures, and societies of the Roman Empire. He earned his AB cum laude in history and in classical civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010, a postbaccalaureate certificate with distinction in classical languages from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011, and the AM in history at the University of Chicago in 2012. He received a Fulbright Fellowship for his dissertation project in 2016–17 and is currently an associate member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, where he is conducting archival and archaeological research. His dissertation examines the redevelopment of urban space and the reuse of sacred structures in Athens under Roman control in order to discern the impact of such projects on local identities.