Tracey Eckersley, 2013-14 Burton Macdonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellow
Tracey Eckersley was awarded the Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship and was a scholar-in-residence at ACOR in the summer of 2014. While there, Tracey completed the research for her Ph.D. in Byzantine Art and Architecture at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, which she expects to defend in 2015.
Tracey’s research focuses on Late Antique floor mosaics in Jordan. She is investigating how early Christian communities in the provinces of Palaestina and Arabia used depictions of cities to convey messages of authority and status. During her fellowship, Tracey visited various sites and museums to view these mosaics and determine how they would have been interpreted by Late Antique audiences within both their architectural and socio-cultural contexts.
Tracey holds a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, an M.A. in in Classical Studies from McMaster University, and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She worked for ten seasons on excavations in Carthage and has worked on museological projects in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Tunisia.