Nicole Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in classical art and archaeology, with a concentration on Roman art, architecture, and topography in the republic and early principate. Her particular interests include literary and artistic representations of farming, gardens, and rural life or settings, ranging from the agronomic writings of Cato, Varro, and Columella to the genre of “sacro-idyllic” landscapes and the rustic calendar mosaics from the provinces. Nicole is currently at work on her dissertation, “ ‘Rus sub urbe’: Building the Ideology of a Rural Past in Republican and Early Imperial Rome,” which explores how Romans conceived of their capital city and its evolving architectural forms as being superimposed on top of a pre-existing rural topography, thus ensuring a vital sense of continuity with their rural past, beyond mere nostalgia or conceit. In 2014, her research was supported by an Affiliated Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome.
Nicole has a B.A. in classics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A.T. degree in Latin and classical humanities from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to coming to Princeton, she taught Latin in public and private schools and served as the special projects coordinator/associate director of the not-for-profit Charles River Conservancy in Cambridge, MA.