Darius A. Arya, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the American Institute for Roman Culture. Responsible for the day to day operation of the nonprofit, he also directs all Archaeology & Classical Civilization programming and co-directs the Institute's Villa delle Vignacce excavation project. Dr. Arya received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He first studied in Rome in 1992, and returned to the city in 1998 on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is also a Rome Prize recipient from the American Academy in Rome and received a fellowship from the University of Texas.