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What We Study

ISAW's faculty and students work across many geographical, chronological, and disciplinary domains, which are connected in complex ways; our doctoral program therefore is unified, without departmental divisions. The list of faculty and students below, however, will give prospective students an idea of the major broad groupings of fields and the communities at ISAW in each of them. These groupings, it should be emphasized, are only illustrative of the range of interests at ISAW.

Greek Coin



Central and East Asian Art & Archaeology




 Ancient Science



Greco-Roman World

Faculty: Roger Bagnall, Sebastian Heath, Alexander Jones

Associated Faculty: Hallie Franks

Affiliated Faculty: Adam Becker, Raffaella Cribiore, Carmela Vircillo Franklin, Günter H. Kopcke, Barbara Kowalzig, David Levene, Clemente Marconi, Andrew Monson, Michael Peachin, Thelma K. Thomas, Katherine Welch

Research Associates: Gilles Bransbourg, Yehudah B. Cohn, Anne Hrychuk Kontokosta

Graduate Students: Maria Americo, Randolph Ford Erik Hermans, Zoe Misiewicz, Martin Reznick, Irene Soto

The Ancient Near East and Egypt

Faculty: Roger Bagnall, Lorenzo d’Alfonso, Robert Hoyland, Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Daniel Potts

Affiliated Faculty: Adam Becker, Daniel Fleming, Ogden Goelet, Andrew Monson, David O’Connor, Ann Macy Roth, Lawrence Schiffman, Mark S. Smith, Thelma K. Thomas, Stephen J. Tinney, Rita Wright

Research Associates: Yehudah B. Cohn, Naomi Miller, Vincent C. Pigott, Karen Rubinson, Rita Watson

Graduate Students: Maria Americo, David Danzig, Erik Hermans, Mehrnoush Soroush, Sam Mirelman, Zoe Misiewicz, Anthony SooHoo, Andrea Trameri, Jonathan Valk

Central and East Asian Art, Archaeology and History

Faculty: Roderick Campbell, Daniel Potts, Sören Stark, Lillian Tseng

Associated Faculty: Ethan Harkness

Affiliated Faculty: Hsueh-man Shen, Stephen F. Teiser, Rita Wright

Research Associates: Judith A. Lerner, Vincent C. Pigott, Karen Rubinson

Graduate Students: Randolph Ford, Shujing Wang, Fan Zhang, Yan Zhang

Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages

Faculty: Roger Bagnall, Robert Hoyland, Alexander Jones, Daniel Potts, Sören Stark

Affiliated Faculty: Adam Becker, Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, Raffaella Cribiore, Carmela Vircillo Franklin, Kostis Smyrlis, Thelma K. Thomas

Research Associates: Yehudah B. Cohn

Graduate Students: Maria Americo, Erik Hermans, Martin Reznick, Mehrnoush Soroush, Irene Soto

Ancient Science

Faculty: Alexander Jones, Robert Hoyland, Beate Pongratz-Leisten

Associated Faculty: Ethan Harkness

Graduate Students: Maria Americo, Zoe Misiewicz

Digital Humanities

Faculty & Staff: Roger Bagnall, Tom Elliott, Sebastian Heath, David Ratzan



1. Gold 100 litra, Syracuse, 405 BC - 400 BC. 1944.100.55812, American Numismatic Society.
2. A scribe writing on clay. Detail from the stone decoration of Tiglath-pileser III's Central Palace at Kalhu (modern Nimrud) (British Museum, ME 118882). Photo courtesy of Prof. Beate Pongratz-Leisten.
3. ISAW Exhibition: Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan.
4. Panel from an ivory casket: Christ carrying the Cross, Late Roman, 1856,0623.4, The British Museum. 
5. Tablet illustrating Pythagoras' Theorem, Yale Babylonian Collection YBC 7289,  in ISAW Exhbition Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics. Photo courtesy of Andrea Brizzi.
6. Excavation at Amheida, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, led by Prof. Roger Bagnall.