Meet The Team

AATAW is the brainchild of Emily Prosch who envisioned a YouTube channel that provided a unique platform for graduate students and other early career researchers (ECRs) interested in the ancient world. The core team members all have graduate backgrounds in Classics, archaeology, history, and philology, but were inspired to further the promotion of ECRs through public engagement. We hope you find the channel informative and if you have any questions, please reach out through our contact page.

Emily Prosch ( she/her )

Emily Prosch is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece, and her dissertation concentrates on aspects of ritual and religion along the Sacred Way between Athens and Eleusis. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Israel and Greece, and most recently she served as an assistant supervisor at the Agora Excavations in Athens.

Emily became interested in the ancient world in high school, where her favorite subjects were history and Latin. She decided to apply to colleges with Classical Archaeology programs, which led her to Carthage College and her first trip to Greece as well as her first excavation at Horvat Omrit in Israel. She knew she’d found a lifelong love of archaeology and has pursued it from there.

PhD, Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri (projected December 2022) 
MA, Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona (2015)
BA, Classical Archaeology, Carthage College (2013)

Sierra Schiano ( she/her )

Sierra Schiano is the 2021-2022 Graduate Intern in the Antiquities Curatorial Department at the Getty Villa Museum. She is interested in a variety of material culture from the ancient Mediterranean and has enjoyed working with the Agora Excavations in Athens for three summers. Sierra is also fascinated by how the ancient world is received in pop culture and in online communities, such as fandoms. 

Sierra first became interested in the ancient world when she read Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series alongside Edith Hamilton’s Mythology in high school. This sparked a love of comparing how the ancient world is portrayed in different forms of media from radically different contexts.

MA, Classical Antiquity, University of Colorado, Boulder (2020)
Post-Baccalaureate certificate, Classical Languages, University of California, Davis (2018)
BA, Classical Civilizations, University of California, Irvine (2017)

Kristine Mallinson ( she/her )

Kristine Mallinson received her PhD from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on the Aegean Bronze Age. She is a long-standing staff member of the Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project, which was the focus of her dissertation titled “‘High Places’ in the Aegean: The Case for Non-Cretan Peak Sanctuaries.” Her research seeks to contextualize the later Bronze Age remains from Stelida through a detailed analysis of non-Cretan peak sanctuaries. She is currently a Professional Academic Advisor and Student Success Coach at Westminster College.

Kristine first got interested in the ancient world while in middle school when her history class learned about the Mycenaeans, but it was not until enrolling in an Ancient Greek class her first semester of undergrad that she knew she wanted to major in Classics. Kristine applied for her first archaeological excavation during her sophomore year at Denison University, the Azoria Project, and within a week of excavating knew that she wanted to pursue Greek archaeology.

PhD, Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri (July 2022) 
MA, Classics (Languages and Archaeology), Texas Tech University (2017)
BA, Classics (Languages and Literatures), Denison University (2015)

Miranda Lovett ( she/her )

Miranda Lovett is the current Graduate Intern for the Public Programs Department at the Getty Villa Museum. She is interested in Greek art and archaeology, particularly in the Bronze Age and Archaic period, and exploring how these subjects intersect with the experiences of modern people. She has participated in two Greek archaeological excavations: the Despotiko excavation in the Cycladic Islands and the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in the Peloponnese. Miranda wants to pursue a museum career where she can join her love for Classical antiquity and her passion for making the ancient world accessible to diverse audiences.

Miranda became interested in the ancient world in high school where she was introduced to Greek mythology. This led her to take ancient Greek language courses throughout her undergraduate education. Upon taking Greek and Roman art history courses to fulfill the Classics major, she realized she had found her passion and pursued her Master’s in Classical Archaeology.

MA, Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona (2020)
BA, Classical Archaeology, University of Mary Washington (2017)

Donovan E. Heidler ( he/him )

Donovan received his MA and did further graduate work in history at the University of California, Riverside. He participated in the Agora Excavations at Athens for three seasons and has also been involved in museum work. He designed AATAW’s website.

MA, Public/Applied History, University of California, Riverside (2017)
BA, Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages, Classical Studies; History with a Concentration in Ancient and Medieval, University of California, Riverside (2015) 

AATAW logo designed by Jenni Perdzock.