The goal of this project is to formulate new questions about and approaches to my primary research and teaching interest - Roman urban society, especially as its dynamics are revealed on the street - through cross-cultural study of streetlife in a variety of urban settings, both contemporary and historical. This work will take two forms. First, over six weeks in June and July 2011, I will research the relationship between urban space and society at five distinct times and places: Modern India, Renaissance Florence, Pre-industrial China, Aztec Mexico, and Contemporary Mexico. Second, I will travel to Central Mexico for five days in order to study and experience the streetscapes of several Aztec sites and of the modern megalopolis of Mexico City. Gaining comparative perspectives on Roman streetlife at this juncture will be timely, for they will come in advance of a sabbatical year dedicated to completing my book manuscript on streets as social spaces in Pompeii and Herculaneum. I anticipate that my work for this project will raise important questions about my audience, approach, and evidence in the book and in my teaching and research over the next chapter of my scholarly career. In sum, the cross-cultural research and experience will (a) open my thinking to new perspectives; (b) allow me to introduce new approaches and datasets to my research and teaching; and (c) put me and my scholarship in conversation with a new and broader set of scholarly collaborators and interlocutors.