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 May 2023) 
MA, Classical Archaeology, University of Arizona (2015)
BA, Classical Archaeology, Carthage College (2013)

Sierra Schiano ( she/her )

Sierra Schiano is currently a mobile educator with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a virtual heritage specialist with Flyover Zone. She recently completed a graduate internship at the Getty Villa Museum and has enjoyed working with the Agora Excavations in Athens for three summers. Sierra’s research revolves around how the ancient Mediterranean 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 currently works at Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is interested in both ancient and modern art, as well as how these subjects are translated to museum audiences. Her academic research focused on topics in Greco-Roman archaeology, Egyptology, and modern reception. She has participated in archaeological excavations in the Greek Peloponnese and Cycladic Islands.

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.