David Pickel is an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow and a Georgetown Humanities Initiative postdoctoral scholar. As a classical archaeologist, he teaches courses on the material culture of the ancient world. His research explores the connections between human and environmental health in antiquity. Pickel is also the excavation director for the Villa Romana di Poggio Gramignano Archaeological Project, a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the Roman villa at Poggio Gramignano and its associated late antique infant and child cemetery, both located along the Tiber River near the Umbrian town of Lugnano in Teverina, Italy. As a teacher, he enjoys introducing students to the ancient world and demonstrating the value of historical understanding for improving our present and future.