JRA Editor

John Humphrey founded the Journal of Roman Archaeology in 1987 and has continued to edit it through the latest annual issue (vol. 30) and latest thematic supplementary volume (no. 105). After obtaining a starred first at Cambridge University, he obtained his Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr College. His dissertation was on Roman Circuses: Arenas for Chariot Racing, on which he published a comprehensive study in 1986 (Univ. of California Press). He served as professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1975 to 1995, directing excavations over many seasons on Roman and Early Christian sites at Carthage and Leptiminus (Tunisia), and editing and publishing 11 tomes on that collaborative fieldwork. He received a medal of honour from the Tunisian government for his work at Carthage and the 2010 Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement from the Archaeological Institute of America. The citation read: “Perhaps no other single individual has played a greater role over the past two decades in shaping the discipline of Roman archaeology”. In 2012 he received the Alumni Award from The Hotchkiss School, from which he and his wife Laura regularly host international students. His outside interests include listening to classical music, especially operas with his daughter Leah (an Egyptologist), and photographing the sunsets enjoyed from JRA’s office overlooking Mount Hope Bay and Bristol harbor in Rhode Island.

Staff Writer and SMM

Kate Bolonnikova is an alumna of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, and a junior at Pomona College, CA, where she studies music and economics. Aside from her involvement with the JRA, Kate previously worked as a research assistant for Gary Kates at Pomona’s History Department. A musician at heart, she is also curious about business, spaces, noise, and the history of sciences. Her name in native Ukrainian is “Katya.”

Staff Illustrator

Tina Guo
Ruiting (Tina) Guo is a Junior at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, who grew up in Shenzhen, a city in the south of China. Her dream is to become an animator and some of her favourite things aside from art are Dim Sum, Birdwatching, her Wacom tablet, Studio Ghibli, Mom’s food, and Traditional Artisanship. A fan of mathematics as well, she is currently captivated by the mathematical and aesthetic beauty of 藻井 (zaojing), a Chinese architectural component that resembles a caisson, but completely built using interlocking wooden bracket systems.