Participating Faculty

The AHMA Faculty represents an impressive range of expertise in the archaeology, history and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. In choosing a graduate school a candidate should carefully consider both the scholars presiding over his or her general graduate training and the scholar(s) with whom the candidate would wish to pursue a special interest in writing a dissertation.

Diliana Angelova

Associate Professor
History of Art, History
Research Interests: Early Christian and Byzantine art; women, gender, material culture, and the history of ideas.
Office / Location: 423 Doe Library
Email: angelova [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-643-7290 (messages)

Adam Benkato

Assistant Professor, Bita Daryabari Professor of Iranian Studies
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Iranian languages (Sogdian, Middle Persian, Parthian, Bactrian, Old Persian), material philology, sociolinguistics, archive studies, postcolonialism, and oral literature
Office / Location: 274 Barrows
Email: abenkato [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Daniel Boyarin

Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture
Near Eastern Studies, Rhetoric
Research Interests: Talmudic Culture, Rabbinic Literature, History of Early Judaeo-Christianity, Ancient Rhetoric
Office / Location: 248 Barrows Hall
Email: boyarin [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-8356

Aaron Brody

Robert and Kathryn Riddell Professor of Bible and Archaeology, Director of the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology
Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Graduate Theological Union
Research Interests: Canaanites; Phoenicians; Israelites; maritime archaeology; archaeology of society, religion, economy; interregional interactions
Email: abrody [at] psr [dot] edu
Phone: 510-849-8286

Susanna Elm

Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of European History
History, Classics
Research Interests: History of the Roman empire, Late Antiquity, Pagan-Christian relations, ancient medicine, "Antikerezeption"
Office / Location: 2310 Dwinelle Hall
Email: elm [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-2238

Kevin Gibbs

Research Associate
Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility
Research Interests: Eurasian and African prehistory; Jordan in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age; pottery
Email: k [dot] gibbs [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Chris Hallett

Professor
History of Art
Research Interests: Roman sculpture, Roman paintings, Aphrodisias
Office / Location: 418 Doe Library
Email: chrishallett [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-4512

Ronald Hendel

Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic epigraphy, Israelite religion, comparative mythology
Office / Location: 276 Barrows Hall
Email: hendel [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Todd Hickey

Professor of Classics, Director of the Center for Tebtunis Papyri
Classics, Bancroft Library
Research Interests: Papyrology (Greek and Egyptian); social, cultural and economic history of Graeco-Roman Egypt; Late Antiquity
Office / Location: The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, The Bancroft Library M/C 6000
Email: tmhickey [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-4556

Rita Lucarelli

Associate Professor
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Ancient Egypt, Book of the Dead, demonology, Digital Humanities
Office / Location: 266 Barrows
Email: rita [dot] lucarelli [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Emily Mackil

Professor
History
Research Interests: Political, economic, and religious history of ancient Greece; Greek Epigraphy; Numismatics
Office / Location: 2312 Dwinelle Hall
Email: emackil [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-2567

Duncan MacRae

Associate Professor
Classics
Research Interests: Roman cultural history, religion in antiquity, intellectual history
Office / Location: 7213 Dwinelle
Email: duncanmacrae [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Lisa Maher

Associate Professor
Anthropology
Research Interests: Lithic Analysis, Geoarchaeology, Prehistory, Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology, Human-Environment Interactions, Landscape Archaeology, Climate Change, Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, Transitions to Food Production
Office / Location: 2251 College Ave, Room 204; Kroeber Hall Room 1 (lab)
Email: maher [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Laurent Mayali

Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law
Robbins Collection/Boalt School of Law
Research Interests: Roman Law and Canon Law. Medieval Jurisprudence. European Legal History. Comparative Law
Office / Location: 462 Law Library
Email: mayalil [at] law [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-2327

Sanjyot Mehendale

Chair, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies and Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology and Central Asia
Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Archaeology of Eurasian trading networks; Samarkand and southern Sogdiana; maritime archaeology; Indian Ocean trade
Office / Location: 294 Barrows
Email: sanjyotm [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Carlos F. Noreña

Associate Professor
History
Research Interests: Roman History, Topography of Rome, Roman Numismatics, Latin Epigraphy
Office / Location: 2222 Dwinelle Hall
Email: norena [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Nikolaos Papazarkadas

Nicholas C. Petris Chair of Greek Studies, Professor of Classics
Classics
Research Interests: Greek Epigraphy, Greek History, Topography and Archaeology of Athens, Attica, Boeotia, and the Cyclades
Office / Location: 7207 Dwinelle Hall
Email: papazarkadas [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Laurie Pearce

Lecturer in Akkadian
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Assyriology, Akkadian, cuneiform, prosopography, digital humanities
Office / Location: 282 Barrows
Email: lpearce [at] berkeley [dot] edu

J. Theodore Peña

Professor
Classics
Research Interests: Roman archaeology, ancient economy, material culture studies, text-based archaeology, pottery analysis
Office / Location: 7308 Dwinelle Hall
Email: tpena [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-643-8964

Lisa Pieraccini

Associate Adjunct Professor
History of Art
Research Interests: Roman and Etruscan material culture and wall painting, funerary archaeology
Office / Location: 431 Doe Library
Email: lisap [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Benjamin W. Porter

Associate Professor
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Near Eastern archaeology, Bronze and Iron Age Levant, field archaeology, archaeological method and theory
Office / Location: 240 Barrows Hall
Email: bwporter [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-7794

Carol Redmount

Associate Professor
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Egyptian Archaeology, Ceramic Studies, Eastern Mediterranean Interconnections
Office / Location: 242 Barrows Hall
Email: redmount [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Phone: 510-642-3757

Francesca Rochberg

Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Assyriology, Babylonian astrology and astronomy, History of Science
Email: rochberg [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Kim Shelton

Associate Professor
Classics, Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
Research Interests: Classical Archaeology, Bronze Age Aegean, Ancient Greek domestic architecture and settlement dynamics, ceramics, Ancient Religion and Mythology
Office / Location: 7209 Dwinelle Hall
Email: sheltonk [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Niek Veldhuis

Professor of Assyriology
Near Eastern Studies
Research Interests: Reconstruction and interpretation of the religious, literary, and scholarly traditions of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumerian language and writing
Office / Location: 280 Barrows
Email: veldhuis [at] berkeley [dot] edu