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Dr. Kathryn Jasper 


Dr. Jasper is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She is a co-founder and Director of the European Studies program and teaches Latin through the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in Medieval History.
She studies approaches to rural land tenure in religious houses during Late Antiquity and through the central Middle Ages, especially in northern Italy. Dr. Jasper is also interested in how people communicated and disseminated ideas about land management. Her background in archaeology affords her a unique perspective in terms of theory and praxis, and her current project incorporates both documentary and physical evidence. At present she is completing a book on the eleventh-century monastic congregation of Fonte Avellana, located in the Italian Marches, entitled Mapping a Monastic Network: Peter Damian and Fonte Avellana in the Eleventh Century.

Dr. Lea Cline​


Dr. Cline is an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Affiliate Faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently the area coordinator for Art History and the Student Program Adviser for the U.S. Student Fulbright program. Dr. Cline is also a co-founder and Assistant Director of the European Studies program.

She earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin in Ancient Art and Architecture. An active archaeologist, Dr. Cline's research has focused on the artistic commemoration of the Roman emperors and the use of decorative, imitative surfaces in Roman imperial period houses and villas, especially pavements discovered in the Imperial villa (“Villa A” of Poppea) at Oplontis, near Pompeii in the Bay of Naples. She, along with Dr. Nathan Elkins (Baylor University), is currently at work on the Oxford Handbook of Roman Imagery and Iconography (expected in December 2019).