Researcher for publications on neuroscience and culture supported by the NOMIS Foundation
Matthew Peebles holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he studied both ancient Greek and ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology. His research, focusing on the codification and cross-cultural exchange of key gestural motifs in antiquity, has been complemented by several seasons of archaeological fieldwork at the Sanctuary of Poseidon in Onchestos, Greece. During the 2019–2020 academic year, he served as content manager for Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments, a survey of monuments and architecture in Iraqi Kurdistan, southeastern Anatolia (Turkey), and southern Iraq.
Funding for his research at the Academy is provided by NOMIS, a private Swiss foundation; he is assisting David Freedberg in preparing two books on the topic of neuroscience and culture.