Amanda Chen is a third year graduate student studying Roman art and archaeology with Dr. Maryl Gensheimer. Her interests include conceptions of identity, status and gender, and the artistic manifestations of myth in Roman and Etruscan art, focusing on women, freedmen, and other marginal groups, in addition to museum studies. In the spring of 2016 she completed her Master's degree at UMD with a thesis entitled "Identity, Immortality, Interaction: Female Funerary Monuments as Sites of Identity Building in the Roman Empire," which explored constructions of female identity through funerary monuments in Rome and Pompeii, with a focus on the juxtaposition between public and private image, elite and sub-elite women, and a self-constructed identity versus one manipulated by a third party. By utilizing an experiential approach, she looked at the monuments in context to understand how they would have addressed and interacted with a viewer in antiquity.
Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with departmental honors. She has worked as both the Getty Curatorial Intern and Assistant Curator at the Banning Museum, as well as the Academic Programs Intern at the Hammer Museum, and within the Education Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.