Brandon Baker received a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from the College of Charleston in 2007. He taught for three years during which he won the Rookie Teacher of the Year award for Charleston County School District. In 2010, he graduated from the College of Charleston again with an A.B. degree in Classics. After moving to Lubbock, Brandon received a M.A. in Classics from Texas Tech University and completed his thesis titled Damnatus ut Artifex: The Craft of Mining in the Roman Provinces under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Witmore. His interests are in classical landscapes, ancient practices of mining and quarrying with specific interest in the extraction, labor, transportation, and dispersion of resources throughout the Mediterranean, and archaeological methodology.