This profile originally appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Bowdoin magazine.
Bowdoin major: Classics
Hometown: I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, but still think of Chatham (Cape Cod) as home.
Title: Acting Senior Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum
Personal blog: Curating the Aztec Pantheon
Greatest influence: Teachers, from my grandparents and Dad to professors at Bowdoin and (later) Bryn Mawr-thanks to them, my career has gone down unexpected and very gratifying paths.
Most challenging part of my job: The negotiations that go into organizing international exhibitions can be rather complicated; pulling together the “seamless” installation that visitors eventually experience is the result of coordinating a large team over several years.
Favorite Bowdoin memory: Heading to Monday 8 a.m. Greek classes, with the unforgettable John Ambrose and Nate Dane, and then celebrating the end of the week with walks on Bailey Island.
Coolest job-related “perk”: Travel to see the latest work at archaeological sites around the Mediterranean-my current project recently took us on a marathon trip to Sicily.
I can’t live without: The occasional escape to a place without museums, ideally with long-time companion (and as of September, husband) Joost van Oss. Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has been our destination for the last eight years.
What I wanted to be when I was growing up: As a kid I was fascinated with Egyptology. When Bowdoin first sponsored an excavation in Tuscany, I got involved in fieldwork and never turned back (though my focus quickly switched from Egypt to ancient Italy).