Caitlín Barrett is an archaeologist whose research investigates the archaeology of religion and ritual; the material culture of ancient households; and cultural, religious, and trade connections within the ancient eastern Mediterranean. She works within an intellectual tradition whose history and practice are rooted in Classics, yet simultaneously informed by theoretical, conceptual, and methodological approaches drawn from anthropological archaeology and social theory. An Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University, Barrett is the author of two monographs: Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (Brill, 2011) and Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens (Oxford University Press, 2019). The first of these derives from research conducted on an earlier Fulbright student grant in 2006-2007 at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Barrett was also a collaborating editor on Figurines grecques en contexte: Présence muette dans la sanctuaire, la tombe et la maison (eds.-in-chief S. Huysecom-Haxhi and A. Muller; Septentrion, 2015) and, with Jennifer Carrington, is currently co-editing Households in Context: Dwelling in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (Cornell University Press, in preparation).
As a Fulbright scholar in 2019, Barrett will carry out collections-based research in Greece for a new monograph project on the archaeology of ancient Greek household religion. This monograph will provide the first comprehensive and theoretically engaged analysis of archaeological evidence for Greek domestic cult from the Archaic through Roman periods, with particular attention to the rich material record of Hellenistic and Roman Greece. Barrett’s hosts in Greece will be the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Aristotle University at Thessaloniki, and she will be delivering lectures in both Athens and Thessaloniki on her research. By bringing Classical archaeology and anthropological archaeology into closer dialogue, Barrett aims to enrich the questions we ask of the material record and assert a central role for Greek archaeology within broader debates throughout the humanities and social sciences.