pre-dissertation research revolves around the protection of cultural
heritage during armed conflict. It seeks to understand how U.S.
foreign policy makers and military officials treated the subject
of cultural heritage and what they considered worth protecting
and preserving in war time.
the project will explore the determinant criteria used by the
Defense and State Departments to influence and guide armed conflict
on foreign soil with respect to sites of cultural heritage. In
doing so, the study will shed greater light on larger debates
over arts and culture in the foreign policy sector, as well as
codifications of cultural heritage by international and non-governmental
organizations since WWII. At the same time, it will provide a
historical perspective to current debates about the treatment
of cultural heritage sites in the recent war in Iraq, including
the trade of illicit antiquities.