Annette Giesecke is Professor of Classics, Chair of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, and Center for Material Culture Studies faculty at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include the history and meaning of gardens in ancient Greece and Rome, urbanism and ethics of land use in classical antiquity, as well as expressions of the utopian impulse in classical art, literature, and architecture. Her publications include The Mythology of Plants (Getty Publications, forthcoming 2014); EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden (contrib. and ed.; Black Dog Publishing, London; 2012), and The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome (Harvard University Press, 2007). She holds degrees from Harvard (Ph.D. and M.A.) and UCLA (B.A.).