Ada's research has focused on the era of Alexander the Great and the impact of Alexander's imagery. She has also worked on topics in Near Eastern and prehistoric art; sexuality and the construction of pictorial identity; travel and landscape; as well as the depiction of childhood and the family in ancient art. Her current book project is titled "He pais kalé":Beauty, Ugliness, and the Ancient Greek Woman.
"Turning Heads: Alexander and the Animals," Illinois Classical Studies 43:1 (2018): 88-136
"The Artist as Art Historian: Some Modern Works on Alexander," in K.R. Moore, ed., Brill's Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018), 754-74
“What Is Art History?” in Daniel Rockmore, ed., What Are the Arts and Sciences? [A Guide for the Curious] (Hanover: University Press of New England, 2017), 27-45
Inside an Ancient Assyrian Palace: Looking at Austen Henry Layard's Reconstruction (University Press of New England and Hood Museum of Art, 2017) with Steven Kangas