Leigh Anne Lieberman is a Stanley Seeger Fellow in Hellenic Studies and a classical archaeologist who works primarily on the Greek colonies of Sicily and southern Italy. She received her B.A. and M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Her master’s thesis, “The Nature of the Cults at Poseidonia,” focused on the development of the cults of Hera and Aphrodite in the south Italian colony, particularly as reflected through the terracotta figurines dedicated by worshippers at shrines associated with settlement.
She has served as an assistant curator for ancient arts at The Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Collection, a Hall Fellow in Ancient Art at the Walters Art Museum, and an ancient art intern at the Princeton University Art Museum. In the field, Leigh has excavated with the Università degli Studi di Napoli, “L’Orientale,” at Cuma, Italy, and with the American School of Classical Studies at Corinth, Greece. She currently serves as the site and finds registrar for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and works on data management for the American Excavations at Morgantina in Sicily. She has also studied as a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Methodologically, she is interested in computer applications in archaeology and the digital curation of field data and archival records.
Leigh’s research interests broadly include religious rituals, sacred landscapes, and collective memory. Her dissertation, titled “The Persistent Past: Refoundations in Sicily in 5th and 4th Centuries BCE,” considers cultural memory and collective identity as reflected through the material culture of the region. She is presently in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellow.