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David M. Ratzan

Head, ISAW Library

David Ratzan joined ISAW in 2014 as the Head of the ISAW Library. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University and a lecturer in Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University, where he also served as Curator of Papyri in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His publications include two edited volumes, Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity (with Sabine Huebner; Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy (with Dennis Kehoe and Uri Yiftach-Firanko; University of Michigan Press, 2015). David is also a member of the Ancient Ink Laboratory in the Center for Integrated Science and Engineering at Columbia University, a interdisciplinary working group investigating the chemical composition and history of ancient inks via Raman spectroscopy. In addition to his duties as Head Librarian and publication projects, he returned to teaching in the 2016-2017 academic year. [Curriculum vitae]

Recent Publications:

  • 2015, “Coins,” Chapter 14 in Boozer, A. ed. Amheida II: A Late Romano-Egyptian House in the Dakhla Oasis / Amheida House B2. ISAW/NYU Press: 2756-61.

Spring 2017 Courses:

Fall 2016 Courses: