Professor Emmerson received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Roman archaeology. Her primary research is in Roman urbanism, focusing on "marginal" areas and activities and especially on the role of tombs and the dead in ancient cities. Her current book project, Urbanism on the Margins: Life and Death in the Suburbs of Roman Italy, examines the urbanism of suburban neighborhoods. Other ongoing projects involve publishing the results of fieldwork in Pompeii, Italy and Isthmia, Greece. She is the winner of a Rome Prize in Ancient Studies and an ACLS Fellow.