Professor Cheung received a B.S. in Biochemistry, B.A. in Classical Civilization, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Classics, all from the University of California, Los Angeles. For graduate school, she moved across the country to study Classical Archaeology in the master's program at Florida State University and then moved back to California to earn her Ph.D. from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Department of Classics at Princeton University in the fall of 2018, Cheung was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and lived in Rome for two years. Her research focuses on the history of the Roman Empire and draws on material and textual evidence to study the socio-economic history of non-elites under Roman rule, ancient food and agriculture, and craft production. Cheung is a field archaeologist and has participated in various projects in Italy, including the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project, Cosa Excavations, and Contrada Agnese Project in Morgantina. She has also been trained in Greek papyrology.