In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Current students

Claire Weiss

BA, Biology, Swarthmore College, 2003
MA, Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 2007
PhD candidate
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Claire Weiss began her studies at Virginia in 2011, having received her Master’s degree with distinction from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (UCL) in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Kathryn Lomas. At UCL, Claire’s dissertation presented a GIS analysis of a feature of Pompeian sidewalks. Prior to this, Claire graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Latin.

Claire has worked and supervised field excavation in Pompeii since 2001 and has served as the Project Coordinator for the Via Consolare Project (VCP) in Pompeii since 2006. In this position, she oversees the administration of the Project, maintains the student internship application process, and supervises excavation in the field. In addition to her experience in Pompeii, Claire has worked in American Cultural Resource Management (CRM) excavation.