Catherine K. Baker

Affiliation: Classics
Visiting Instructor in Classics

Catherine K. Baker received her B.A in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology from Brandeis University, an M.A. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati, where she is completing her Ph.D.  Catherine’s dissertation explores Roman colonization in the Central Apennine region of Italy from the 4th to the 2nd centuries BCE and examines the material interactions between colonists and existing local populations like the Samnites.  More broadly, Catherine’s research encompasses the intersection of colonization, identity, and exchange in the ancient world.  She is particularly interested in the role that objects, such as coins and pottery, play in shaping communities and identities, and in forging new connections across cultural boundaries. 

Catherine has taught at the University of Cincinnati and at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.  Since 2009, she has excavated at Pompeii as part of the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, and she is currently involved with the publication of the project’s small finds.  Catherine also serves as the pottery specialist for the Contrada Agnese Project of the American Excavations at Morgantina.

Catherine K. Baker


  • PhD, Candidate at University of Cincinnati
  • MA, University of Cincinnati
  • BA, Brandeis University