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USD Professor Heads to Rome on Fellowship


University of San Diego’s Sarah Levin-Richardson, assistant professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has been awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in Ancient Studies. The Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome, is a national competition that acknowledges 30 individuals who exude excellence in the arts and humanities. According to the academy, “prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the academy community, where they will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues’ erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the academy have to offer.”

Upon being notified of her award, Levin-Richardson said, “I’m immensely honored to be among the 30 scholars and artists who have been chosen to receive a Rome Prize for next year. During the 11-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, I will work on my research project, ‘Beyond Sex: Society and Identity in Pompeii’s Purpose-built Brothel.’ This book will be the first full study of this structure—the only definite Roman brothel ever found—and will not only examine its physical space, frescoes, graffiti, and artifacts, but also explore the physical and emotional experiences of its sex workers and their clients.”

CAS Dean Noelle Norton was proud, but not surprised upon learning of Levin-Richardson’s distinction. “Sarah has been a rising star in the field of classical studies, and this award acknowledges the great work she is doing, as well as the value and potential of her future projects. This is the second Rome award given to someone in our history department. It’s exciting to see the department recognized for their excellent scholarship.” (Full Article)

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