My research focuses on Roman and late antique visual and material culture, and examines the relationship between art and text (especially inscriptions), issues of identity and geography (“regionalism,” “provincialism”), and the transformation of the so-called minor arts (gold-glass, votives) from the Roman to the Byzantine period. Currently, I am completing a monograph, Inscribing Faith in Late Antiquity: Between Reading and Seeing (Routledge, forthcoming), that will be the first in-depth examination of the visual functions of texts inscribed within Christian, Jewish, and early Islamic buildings across the Mediterranean. Additional projects include two edited volumes, the first on late antique art and local identities, and the second on traveling Egyptian artists in late antiquity. Here at Oxford, I am starting a new project on the Roman and late antique floor mosaics of Syria, with the dual aims of analyzing the distinctive Syrian character (style, iconography) of the mosaics as compared to their better-known relatives in modern Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine, and of tracing the mosaicists and patrons involved with the projects. Combining methodologies from art history and social history as well as archaeology, this project will result in the first English-language monograph on the mosaics, and will sharpen our understanding of the evolving cultural and religious identities of Syrians in late antiquity.