Kyle Brunner


I received my BA in History and Classics (Languages and Literature) with a minor in Archaeology in 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My research investigates the social history of rural communities in the Middle East beginning in the Late Roman/Sasanian Period and well into the Early Islamic Period in the 10th Century. In particular, I research the interactions between local settled and pastoral communities, state administration, and religious communities (mainly monastic). I have worked on a number of archaeological excavations in Jordan with the University of Copenhagen at both Jerash and 'Aqaba. As well, I have excavated in the Moquegua Valley, Peru. In 2018, I directed my own geospatial survey (The Early Medieval Mount Lebanon Project) in the Qadisha Valley in northern Lebanon with the support of Lebanon's La Direction Générale des Antiquités et des Musées. There, I investigated the spatial connectivity between monastic and rural settlements from the Late Roman to Ottoman periods. At ISAW, I challenge disciplinary and methodological boundaries to better understand the history of local communities in the Middle East upon the rise of Islam, and how those local communities participated in both old and new socioeconomic systems through the course of Late Antiquity.