The Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) offers a PhD program for students committed to the study of the greater Mediterranean world in antiquity, from the North Atlantic to Central Asia, and from southern Central Europe to northern Africa. AHMA students work with literary, archaeological, epigraphic, papyrological, and numismatic evidence to advance our understanding of the ancient Mediterranean.
More than twenty faculty from a wide array of departments at UC Berkeley contribute to AHMA: Anthropology, Classics, History, History of Art, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Rhetoric. Faculty from Berkeley Law and two nearby centers for the study of religion also contribute to our scholarly community. Our faculty have teaching and research expertise that covers the program's geographical scope across the whole of antiquity, from the Neolithic period to Late Antiquity.
The interim Chair of AHMA (spring 2022) is Professor Kim Shelton. Our Graduate Advisor is Professor Rita Lucarelli. Please feel free to direct queries about the program to either of them, or to participating faculty members with whom you might wish to work.