Janet Dunkelbarger is a doctoral student in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology. Janet’s doctoral research on Pompeii's "Garden Dining Spaces" addresses how the design and use of these outdoor spaces enhance our understanding of ancient Roman social behavior, economic activity, and religious and ritual practice. In addition to this research, Janet also works on topics of Roman urbanism, infrastructure, and economy, in particular how waste management infrastructures developed over time to support the operation of industry in Roman cities.
Her work has brought her to Cyprus, Italy, and Tunisia, where she has participated in field survey, architectural survey, excavation, and reconstruction as part of cultural heritage. The projects with which she has been affiliated include: the San Felice Field School (2009), Kissonerga-Mosphilia Roundhouse Project (2010), Doors of Pompeii and Herculaneum Project (2010), Prastio-Mesorotos Archaeological Expedition (2011), Pompeii Quadriporticus Project (2010-2013), Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project (2013), Tunisian-British Utica Project (2013), the Via Consolare Project (2016), and the Cosa Excavations (2019).
Janet is also an active member of UVA's Scholars' Lab, having served as a Praxis Fellow (2019-2020) and as one of the Graduate Fellows in Digital Humanities (2020-2021).