Melissa Bailey earned her B.A. from Rice University in 2004 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2012. Her interests include the history and archaeology of the Roman economy, cognitive history, measurement and numeracy, domestic space, and bodily practice, including gesture and dress. She has published on the links between Roman money and numeracy and on how calculation shaped ancient notions of value, and her book project examines value circulation in the Roman Empire from the angle of practice (calculation, numeracy, and knowledge through coins, accounts, and measuring). She also investigates the economic, religious, and cultural transition from Rome to Byzantium and Islam in the Near East, especially in Jordan, where her fieldwork has primarily taken place. She is developing a field project there to examine the effect of the Byzantine-Islamic transition on the local economies and identities of small towns and villages. She has taught on a wide range of topics, including Roman art and archaeology, the archaeology of the house, money and value in the ancient world, Egyptian archaeology, and Latin literature. She has a troublesome though charming dog, and she enjoys cooking, running, and watching depressing television shows.