Catherine E. Bonesho is the Emeline Hill Richardson Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and will receive her PhD in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this May. She earned an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Classical Languages and Biology from Macalester College. Her research analyzes the intersection of ancient Judaism and empire in the Near East, especially during the Second Temple and Greek and Roman periods. Her current research project explores the use of holidays and festivals to demarcate identity in Rabbinic Literature. Catherine has also published Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and translation studies on Aramaic and Latin as one of the developers of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project.