ALEXIS M CHRISTENSEN portrait
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, World Languages and Cultures
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), World Languages and Cultures

Research Keywords

  • Roman Social History
  • Roman Domestic Architecture
  • Latin Literature & Epigraphy
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Art History

Presentations

  • Putting the Pieces Together: The Life of a Roman Villa Complex in the Sangro Valley - Invited lecture for the 30th Anniversary Alumni Lecture Series for the Department of Archaeology & Art History at the University of Evansville. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/24/2021.
  • “Gladiator Fanatics at Pompeii.” Invited Lecture at The Leonardo, Pompeii – The Exhibition Lecture Series. Salt Lake City, UT. [CANCELLED DUE TO COVID]. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 03/18/2020.
    https://theleonardo.org/pompeii-lecture-series
  • “What Does a Roman Archaeologist Do?” Invited Classroom Expert for 6th Grade Social Studies, Syracuse Arts Academy, Syracuse UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/13/2020.
  • “Fast Food & Fancy Dinner Parties at Pompeii.” Invited Lecture for the Rotary Club in conjunction with The Leonardo's Pompeii - The Exhibition. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/04/2020.
  • “An Archaeologist’s Perspective on Pompeii.” Interview on KSL’s Studio 5 with Brooke Walker. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/27/2019.
    https://studio5.ksl.com/inside-look-at-new-pompeii...
  • “What to Expect from a Mentor.” Invited Speaker for Undergraduate Research Education Series, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/04/2019.
  • “Climate & Disease at the End of the Roman Empire.” Invited Discussion Leader for Paideia (Women’s Ancient Culture Reading Group). Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/18/2019.
  • “Gladiators in the House: A Phenomenological Approach to Gladiatorial Imagery in the Roman Dining Room.” Classical Association of the Middle West & South, Lincoln, NE. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/06/2019.
    https://camws.org/sites/default/files/meeting2019/...
  • "Gladiators in the House: A Phenomenological Approach to Gladiatorial Imagery in the Roman Dining Room" to be presented at the 115th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Lincoln, NE on 6 April 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/13/2018.
    https://camws.org/sites/default/files/meeting2019/...
  • Trojan Wars. Invited Talk at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/25/2017.
  • Vergil's Eclogues & Georgics. Invited Talk for Paideia (Women’s Ancient Culture Reading Group). Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/18/2017.
  • "Archaeology in Comics." First International Public Archaeology Twitter Conference. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/27/2017.
    https://archaeologicalaudiences.wordpress.com/2017...
  • “Mosaics in the Ancient Mediterranean.” Invited Talk for Paideia (Women’s Ancient Culture Reading Group). Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/12/2016.
  • “Katniss Everdeen as Modern “Bride of Death.”” Presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/07/2016.
  • “The Sangro Valley Project Excavations, 2011-2015.” Presented at Utah Classics in Italy Symposium. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/24/2016.
  • "Using twine in the Classics Classroom." Oresented at the annual fall meeting of the Utah Classical Association. Conference Paper, Presented, 09/19/2015.
  • "Gladiator Politics from Cicero to the White House.". Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2013.
    http://www.camws.org/meeting/2013/files/abstracts/...
  • "Liminality, Legend, and Land Distribution in Livy's ab urbe condita, Book 2." Presented at the University of Utah's Department of Languages and Literature Research Colloquium Series. Other, Presented, 03/2013.
  • "Sangro Valley Project (SVP) 2011-2012 Excavations in San Giovanni di Tornareccio." Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2013.
  • "Horatius at the Plough: Roman Republican Land Distribution in Legend and Practice." Presented at Oberlin College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2011.
  • “Excavations at Murlo (Poggio Civitate) (a.k.a. Summers Spent with “Il Cowboy”).” Invited lecture for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2010.
  • "Horatius Cocles, Mucius Scaevola & the Origins of Roman Republican Land Distribution in Livy, Book 2." Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2010.
  • “Social Access in Two Pompeian Houses (VIII.2.14-16 and VIII.3.34).” Presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West & South. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2010.
    http://www.camws.org/meeting/2010/program/abstract...

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Sangro Valley Project. PI: Susan E. Kane (Oberlin College). 02/21/2011 - present.

Archaeological Field School

Field Director - Sangro Valley Project, Oberlin College
Project website: www.sangro.org SVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SangroValleyProject

Languages

  • Ancient Greek (to 1453), fluent.
  • Latin, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Greece
  • Italy

Publications

  • Susan Kane & Ross Lane (2018). SANGRO VALLEY PROJECT: REPORT ON THE 2017 EXCAVATIONS AT SAN GIOVANNI DI TORNARECCIO (CHIETI PROVINCE, ABRUZZO). Papers of the British School at Rome. Vol. 86, 325-328. Published, 10/08/2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068246218000120
  • Alexis Christensen, Hillary Conley, Susan Kane, Michael MacKinnon, Chris Motz, Beth Munro & Vicky Singleton (2016). "Tornareccio (CH). Excavations at San Giovanni, 2012.” Quaderni di Archeologia d’Abruzzo. (pp. 196-202). Vol. 4. Ministero dei beni e delle attivita culturali e del turismo: Soprintendenza per i beni archaeologici dell'Abruzzo. Published, 12/2016.
  • Sangro Valley Project: report on the 2015 excavations at Acquachiara and San Giovanni di Tornareccio.” Papers of the British School at Rome, 84 (2016) 329-332. (co-authored with Susan E. Kane and China Shelton). Published, 09/20/2016.
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/papers-of-...
  • Sangro Valley Project: report on the 2014 excavations at Acquachiara and San Giovanni di Tornareccio.” Papers of the British School at Rome, 83 (2015) 329-332. (co-authored with Susan E. Kane). Published, 09/16/2015.
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0068246215000276
  • SANGRO VALLEY PROJECT: REPORT ON THE 2013 EXCAVATIONS AT SAN GIOVANNI DI TORNARECCIO (COMUNE DI TORNARECCIO, PROVINCIA DI CHIETI, REGIONE ABRUZZO). Papers of the British School at Rome, 82, pp 343-346. (co-authored with Susan E. Kane. Published, 10/2014.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0068246214000221
  • Susan Kane and Robert Witcher (2013). The Sangro Valley Project. Papers of the British School at Rome, 81, pp 375-377. doi:10.1017/S0068246213000226. Published, 10/2013.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0068246213000226
  • Susan Kane, Alexis Christensen, Hilary Conley, James Countryman, Beatrice Fidelibus, Christopher Motz and Rafael Scopacasa (2012). Archaeological Fieldwork Reports: Sangro Valley Project: report on the 2011 excavation and survey work. Papers of the British School at Rome, 80, pp 371-374. doi:10.1017/S0068246212000505. Published, 10/2012.
  • “Atessa (CH). Excavations at San Giovanni, 2011.” Quaderni di Archeologia d’Abruzzo. Published, 12/2011.