Leigh Anne Lieberman joined the staff of Visual Resources as a digital project specialist in 2022. In this capacity, she designs programs around, consults on, and supports data management strategies, digital scholarship, and computational methods for art historical and archaeological research. She works closely with staff, faculty, and students in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and cultivates collaborations across campus and beyond Princeton with an eye towards accessibility, interoperability, and sustainability.
A Roman archaeologist, Lieberman holds a B.A. and M.A. in Classics from The Johns Hopkins University (2006, 2007) and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton (2011, 2018; Dissertation: “The Persistent Past: Refoundations in Sicily in the 5th and 4th Centuries B.C.E.). Her research explores how and why artifacts and spaces were recycled and repurposed. She examines these themes through both a macro and a micro lens. The former is exemplified by her work investigating the effect that population movements had on communities and on their sense of identity. The latter is represented by her innovative applications of digital methods to the study of ancient Roman material culture.
Lieberman has extensive experience in the classroom. She has taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome, Italy); Walnut Hills High School and Kilgour Elementary School (Cincinnati, OH); Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, and Pomona College (Claremont, CA). As the director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at The Claremont Colleges from 2018-2020, she was responsible for developing robust curricula in the digital humanities for staff, faculty, and students across a seven institution consortium. In 2022, she led a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for K-12 educators entitled “Digital Ancient Rome” that gave teachers the opportunity to learn about important examples of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology through a broad range of digital resources. She values collaboration, creativity, and transparency in the classroom.
In 2020, Lieberman joined the staff of the The Alexandria Archive Institute / Open Context (AAI/OC), a non-profit that promotes open data initiatives to improve research and teaching in archaeology. As the organization’s director of strategic partnerships, she built institutional partnerships with libraries, museums, and other organizations in order to develop sustainable programs around data literacy initiatives for archaeologists and cultural heritage professionals. Through her work with the AAI/OC, she serves as the program director for a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities (2022-2025) entitled “Networking Archaeological Data and Communities,” and as the Principle Investigator for a National Science Foundation Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable, Open Science Research Coordination Network (2023-2025) entitled “Disciplinary Improvements for Past Global Change Research: Connecting Data Systems and Practitioners.”
Lieberman is the manager of data and information resources for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (PARP:PS) where she's leading the publication of the artifact assemblages from the excavation (forthcoming with Oxford); the head of materials for the Tharros Archaeological Research Project (TARP); and the data management director for the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM:CAP).