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Graduate Students

Emily Booker
Andrew Dufton
Pinar Durgun
Laurel Darcy Hackley
Susan Herringer

Julia Hurley
Karl Krusell
Samantha Lash
Evan Levine
Alex Marko

Kathryn McBride
Matthew Pihokker
Daniel Plekhov
Ian Randall

Miriam Rothenberg
Catherine Steidl
Jennifer Thum
Martin Uildriks

 
Emily Booker
Status: ABD
Emily received a double B.A. in Classical Civilizations and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley (2013). She graduated with high honors for a thesis concerning the socio-economic implications of Cypriot cylinder seals during the Late Bronze Age, which suggest the rise of new elites in trade-focused centers. Her experience ranges from educational outreach at the San Diego Museum of Man, independent research at the British Museum, ceramic analysis at the American Academy in Rome, and fieldwork with the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project, Jordan and the Busayra Cultural Heritage Project, Jordan. Her main academic interests lie in international ties, trade, and communication, particularly in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, through a combination of archaeological, art historical, and textual analysis of materials. She plans to continue focusing her research in the eastern Mediterranean, including Anatolia, the Levant, and Cyprus.

 
Andrew Dufton
Status: ABD
Andrew received a B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology from McGill University in 2003 and went on to complete an M.Sc. in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology from University College London (2005). Following this second degree Andrew worked for six years within the British commercial sector and was involved in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork: survey, excavation, project management, digital archaeology, and community involvement. During this time he surveyed and developed an online data system for the Villa Magna Project (2006-2010), and was a founding member of the Day of Archaeology (2011-2013). Since coming to Brown, he has participated in the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (2012-2013), the Pantelleria Excavation Project (2012), the Brown University Labraunda Project (2013), and the Tunisian-British Utica Project (2012-2013). Andrew's research interests include the beginnings of urbanism in North Africa, and the impact of these early cities on later Punic and Roman colonization. Building on his experience within the Digital Humanities, he is also interested in the potential of new digital technologies within archaeological practice as a tool for reaching both academic and non-academic audiences.

 
Pinar Durgun
Status: ABD
Pınar graduated from Bilkent University's Archaeology Department in 2010 as a High Honor student. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara (2009) and worked at Kinet Höyük (2008), and Hacimusalar Höyük excavations (2009-2011). She also spent one semester at Lund University/Sweden as an Erasmus student. In 2012 she received her M.A. from Koc University's Archaeology Department's Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management Program with the concentration area "Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences". Her M.A. thesis focuses on the theoretical and practical approaches to the study of Anatolian Early Bronze Age sites using Demircihöyük's cemetery, settlement and social organization as a case study. Pınar joined Brown University in 2012 as a Fulbright grantee. For the summer of 2013 she was member of the Brown University's Yalburt Yaylası project, where she became interested in landscape archaeology. Recently she has been involved in projects that integrate archaeology, archaeological heritage, and museum studies -- including internships with the Giza Archives Project/Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her primary research interests are prehistoric mortuary practices (especially in Anatolia and the wider ancient Near East), bioarchaeology, the prehistory of Anatolia and the Aegean, and landscape archaeology, as well as museum studies and archaeological heritage.

 
Laurel Darcy Hackley
Status: Third Year
Darcy received a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Wellesley College (2007) and a M.A. in Egyptology from the American University in Cairo (2014). She has worked as an illustrator and archaeologist at many sites in Egypt, including the Red Monastery, Sohag, the Temple of Mut, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Abydos, and Kharga Oasis. She also excavates at Cadir Hoyuk in Turkey. Darcy’s main research interest is Middle Kingdom Egypt, especially the material culture of the period and the symbolic and religious value of things and materials. She has additional interests in ancient production and technology, international trade in luxury goods, mining and mineral resources, and materials science.

 
Susan Herringer
Status: ABT (Archaeology); ABD (Engineering)
Susan received her B.A. in Chemistry (highest honors) and Art History in 2009 and her M.A. in Chemistry in 2010 from Clark University. In the summer of 2008, she split her time between working in a synthetic chemistry lab for her honors thesis and working on the Antiocheia ad Cragum Archaeological Reconstruction Project in Güney, Turkey. With interests in both the sciences and in cultural heritage research, Susan began her studies at Brown University seeking to form a bridge between the engineering and archaeology departments. As a member of the first cohort of the Open Graduate Education Program, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in engineering materials science and her master's degree in archaeology. She has spent two summers surveying (ground and geophysical) with the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP). Her research focuses on neutron applications in cultural heritage research, which she undertakes at a national laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN. Her interests in reverse engineering materials encompasses such topics as production technology, technological choice, and cross-craft production.

 
Karl Krusell
Status: Second Year
Karl completed his B.A. in Classical Studies at Middlebury College in 2011. While at Middlebury, he learned Mandarin well enough to spend a semester in Hangzhou studying Classical Chinese and ancient Chinese history. He also learned how to scuba dive in Middlebury’s pool. Karl then joined the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, where he worked for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and conducted research for his M.A., which focused on an assemblage of diagnostic artifacts from the Godavaya shipwreck in Sri Lanka -- the oldest known wreck in the Indian Ocean. His travels have focused on Turkey, where he participated in the underwater excavations of the harbors of “Old Knidos” in Burgaz and worked out of INA’s Bodrum Research Center. Karl’s research interests include ancient shipwrecks, maritime traditions, harbor archaeology, Bronze Age trade, and Greek colonization.

 
Samantha Lash
Status: ABD
Sam graduated with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology (High Honors) and a minor in Biological Anthropology in 2012 from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate honors thesis aimed to reconcile papyrological and archaeological data from a granary in Karanis, Egypt. She completed a Master's in Classical Archaeology from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at University of Michigan in 2013. Sam has worked in the field with the Gabii Project in northern Latium, Italy since 2010, and for two seasons on Brown University’s projects at S’Urachi (Sardinia) and Notion (Turkey). Her developing work emphasizes the collective impact of individuals’ movement within consistent trade, labor, and production networks in the Hellenistic world and Roman empires. This is tied to her interests in complicating our understanding of the taxation and extraction systems of these vast geographic and chronological units. Sam studies the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems, focusing particularly on patterns in land-use, economic systems, settlement patterns, and climatic factors. She conducts research in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, working towards the development of extracting paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental information directly from archaeological materials.

 
Evan Levine
Status: First Year
Evan graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2012 with a B.A. in Classics, and received an M.A. (Classics) and M.S. (Geography) from Texas Tech University in 2016. His Master’s thesis, titled “A Geospatial Contextualization of Archaic Greek Epigram on Thasos”, focused on reinterpreting 6th century BCE verse inscriptions from Thasos through a geospatial perspective, and developing new methods for the digital recording and visualization of inscriptions. Evan has excavated in Italy, Jordan, England, Greece, and the United States, and is currently a staff member of the Mazi Archaeological Project, a diachronic landscape survey of borderlands between Attica and Boeotia. In addition to his fieldwork experience, Evan has published on the topics of inscribed Greek epigram, Archaic and Hellenistic Greek poetry, and archaeological methodology.

 
Alex Marko
Status: Second Year
Alex received his B.A. in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Archaeology from the University of Nevada, Reno (2008) and M.A. in Archaeology from the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (2013). His Master’s thesis focused on the production and theoretical assessment of 3D reconstructions of domestic and commercial spaces in Pompeii. His thesis work, funded in part by the CIAMS Research Grant, was a component of his eight seasons of work with the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia as an excavator and architectural specialist. Alex has also worked in the Cultural Resources Management field, focusing on sites in the American Great Basin and Midwest. Alex served as Field Director for an extensive pedestrian survey of the Virginia City Historic District and for large prehistoric lithic procurement sites throughout Nevada. In addition to archaeological fieldwork, Alex has curated an exhibit entitled The Modern Ancient Tablet, which focused on exposing museum goers to the methods of scientific visualization and study used by researchers, at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art. Alex’s research interests include the spatial analysis of urban contexts, digital documentation and reconstruction, ways of seeing, Pompeii, and architectural analysis.

 
Kathryn McBride
Status: ABD
Kathryn graduated with honors from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a B.A. in History and Ancient Mediterranean Studies in 2006. She studied Egyptology for a semester at the American University in Cairo, and her undergraduate thesis at Coe focused on the ethnic and cultural relationships within Ptolemaic Egypt. She graduated with an M.A. in Classics with an emphasis on archaeology from the University of Arizona in 2008, and her Master's thesis there also concentrated on Egypt, this time on the iconography used by the Ptolemaic Queens. From 2009 to 2011, she taught History and Humanities at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Kathryn has participated in archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel, and in 2013 she attended the Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics. Kathryn's main research interests include the frontiers of the Hellenistic and early Roman worlds, cultural conflict and interaction, borderlands, and coinage. She is currently working on research related to the monetary and non-monetary uses of coins in regions just beyond the Roman Empire, and what those practices can tell us about Roman/local interactions.

 
Matthew Pihokker
Status: Second Year
Matthew received a dual B.A. in both Classical Studies and English Literature from The College of New Jersey (2009), and a M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Archaeology from the University of Arizona (2013). His thesis research focused on landscape archaeology and transportation in the Peloponnese, specifically through applications of GIS in reconstructing the logistics of pilgrimage during the late Classical period. Matthew’s survey and excavation experience throughout Greece has taken him to Athens (Athenian Agora), Arcadia (Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project) and Boeotia (Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project), and most recently, southern Albania (Vjosë River Valley Archaeological Project). Matthew also has numerous years of professional and post-excavation experience; he managed Arizona’s Archaeological Mapping Lab and worked throughout the Northeast in the Cultural Resource Management field as a GIS expert. Additionally, he taught Greek History and Latin at The College of New Jersey from 2013-2015. His current research interests involve approaches to survey and digital site documentation, as well as the reconstruction of past patterns of settlement, economy, and exchange throughout the Mediterranean.

 
Ian Randall
Status: ABD
Ian received his B.A. in Anthropology in 2005 and M.A. in the Social Sciences in 2009 from the University of Chicago. His M.A. thesis concentrated on the potential of Port St. Symeon Ware, a 13th century Levantine ceramic, to shed light on the changing social landscape of the late Crusader States. He has conducted fieldwork on the island of Gotland in Sweden (2004) at the Viking Age Settlement of Frojel as part of a University of Gotland project, at Abydos in Egypt (2006), working on the early 18th Dynasty temple of Queen Ahmose-Nefertary with a team from the University of Chicago, at Tell Hamoukar in Syria (2010), uncovering Akkadian and Ninevite V industrial levels in the lower town in a joint University of Toronto and University of Chicago excavation, in the Athenian Agora working on the Byzantine levels (2012), and most recently at Idalion and the Late Roman city of Kourion on Cyprus (2014). Ian has also worked in the private sector, conducting excavation and survey at Fatumafuti in American Samoa (2005), in central Illinois (2007), and in North Dakota (2011), where he worked with the Three Affiliated Tribes and the Sioux. His current research focuses on early medieval Cyprus, the transitions that occurred in material culture during the Arab-Byzantine Condominium and the Lusignan Dynasty, and the implications this may have for developing a more nuanced picture of the decision-making processes that shaped group identity. Ian's other interests include GIS, human osteology, postcolonial theory, and ceramic consumption.

 
Miriam Rothenberg
Status: Third Year
Miriam received her B.A. from Oberlin College, having majored in Archaeological Studies and Anthropology, and minored in Geology (2012). She spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship to Durham University, earning an M.A. from a dissertation titled, "Do All Roads Really Lead to Rome? Modelling Mobility in the Ager Veientanus and the Sangro Valley, Italy". Prior to attending Brown, Miriam had fieldwork experience in Colorado, New York, Alaska, northern England (Binchester/Vinovium), and central Italy (Sangro Valley Project). Since becoming part of the Joukowsky Institute, she has worked on the Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat (SLAM) and S’Urachi projects. Her laboratory and technical experience includes managing Oberlin College’s geomorphology lab, doing GIS for the "Invisible Dead" Project (Durham University), conserving cuneiform tablets at Cornell University, and running the paperless recording system and database for the Sangro Valley Project (2013). Her current research interests include archaeological GIS, geology and geoarchaeology, mobility studies, and the archaeology of the contemporary past.

 
Catherine Steidl
Status: ABD
Catie graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with a B.A. in both Archaeology (Honors) and German Studies. Her honors thesis addressed the difficulties with various interpretations of the archaic korai on the Athenian Acropolis, and the possible social implications of their dedication. After graduating from Wesleyan, Catie spent a summer working in the North American Archaeology Lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Following this, she spent a year at the University of Tübingen on the Connecticut-Baden-Württemberg Exchange Scholarship, where she studied Latin, Greek, and archaeology. Her field work experience includes work with the Cotsen Institute Pucará Archaeological Project in Peru (2010), the Bucknell University Thebes Synergasia Project (2013-2014) and the Mazi Archaeological Project (2015-) in Greece,  and the Brown-Michigan Notion Archaeological Survey in Turkey (2014-). Catie's current research focuses on Greek settlements overseas in the Archaic and Classical periods, using a comparative framework to examine processes of community formation in Ionia, southern France, and northeastern Spain. Some of her other interests include constructions of identity in prehistory; revised and evolving approaches to the archaeology of gender; phenomenology; monumentality; and domestic practice.

 
Jennifer Thum
Status: ABD
Jen received her B.A. in Archaeology from Barnard College/Columbia University (2009), with a thesis focusing on modern viewership of Graeco-Roman mummy portraiture from Egypt. She also holds an M.Phil. in Egyptology (2012) from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar with a dissertation on Late Period sacred animal "reliquaries". As an undergraduate, Jen interned with both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Before beginning at Oxford, she spent a year split between the Registration Department at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and the Pleiades Project at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World/NYU. Jen has excavated with the Megiddo Expedition at Tel Megiddo, Israel, since 2006, where she is a registrar. Her other field experience includes four seasons with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Israel; four seasons with the Amheida Project in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt; and two seasons with the Athienou Archaeological Project in Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus. Jen also works with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) in both field and museum contexts. During the spring of 2015 she co-curated her first museum exhibit, Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies, which features some of her work with RTI, at the Haffenreffer Museum. Jen's dissertation is a study of Egyptian royal rock reliefs, examined through a combination of landscape archaeology and linguistic anthropology.

 
Martin Uildriks
Status: Second Year
In 2008, Martin received his B.A. from the State University of Groningen, focusing on European prehistory, iconographic analyses, and ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern culture. His thesis focused on interrelations in the iconographic repertoires of middle Bronze Age Mediterranean palatial complexes such as those at Knossos (Crete), Alalakh (Turkey), and Tell ed-Dab'a (Egypt). His wide array of coursework and broad interests led him to apply to Leiden University's Master's program to which he was admitted the same year. While this M.A. focused on Near Eastern prehistoric and Bronze Age societies, he was also admitted to the Master's program 'Egyptian Language and Culture' (Egyptology) in 2010. In 2011, he finished both programs (cum laude in Egyptology) and wrote two interlinking dissertations, investigating iconographic evidence for developments in graphic communication from late prehistoric and early historic Egypt. During and after his time in Leiden, Martin taught classes on ancient Egyptian culture and on geodetics, and he worked as a surveyor and a digital specialist with various archaeological and geological projects in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Iraq, and Sudan. Martin's academic interests lie in the developments of human cognition and (digital) methodologies, including GIS, 3D and 4D modeling, animation, and deeper forms of structural analyses from these sources.