AIA Lecturer: Alison Futrell
Alison Futrell is Associate Professor of History and Head of the History Department with the University of Arizona, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah (B.S. in Anthropology), and the University of California at Berkeley (M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology). Her research is guided by her interest in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics. Her first monograph, Blood in the Arena, looks at how the institution of the gladiatorial games functioned in the negotiation of power among different groups in the Roman Imperial West. She has appeared as a talking head on a number of documentaries for the History Channel and A & E, including "Hannibal", "The True Story of Gladiators", "Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed," and, most recently, "Boudica: Warrior Queen". Professor Futrell is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2018/2019.