Professor of History; Department Chair; Director of Archaeology
ON LEAVE SPRING 2015. Please contact Dr. Molly Wood for History Department
Ph.D. Miami University
M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School
B.A. Wheaton College
Field Notes and News
Fulbright Scholar (2007)
Select Publications: Book Chapters
“The Afterlife of Sherds: Architectural Reuse Strategies at the Monastery of John the Little, Wadi Natrun,” in Functional Aspects of Egyptian Ceramics within their Archaeological Context, eds. Bettina Bader and Mary Ownby (Leuven: Peeters, 2012), 307-326. Co-authored with G. Pyke.
"Architecture of the Coptic Church" in Churches of Egypt, ed. Gawdat Gabra and Gertrud van Loon (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007; paperback 2012), 19-27.
"Divine Architects: Designing the Monastic Dwelling Place,” in Egypt in the Byzantine World, 450-700, ed. Roger Bagnall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2010), 368-389.
"Models of Seeing and Reading Monastic Archaeology," Cistercian Studies Quarterly 48.3 (2013): 299-315.
“Treading on Antiquity: Anglo-American Missionaries and the Religious Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Coptic Egypt,” Material Religion 8.2 (2012): 127-152.
“New Archaeology at Ancient Scetis: Surveys and Initial Excavations at the Monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi al-Natrun: Yale Monastic Archaeology Project,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 64 (2010): 217-228. Co-authored with S. Davis, T. Herbich. S. Ikram, D. McCormack, M.-D. Nenna and G. Pyke
“Second Report on the Excavation of the SCA in the Area of the Monastery of Shenute at Suhag,” Peter Grossmann, and contribution on “Ceramic Survey,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 63 (2009): 167-219.
“The Geography of the Monastic Cell in Early Egyptian Monastic Literature,” Church History 78.4 (2009): 1-36.
“A Geophysical Survey of Ancient Pherme: Magnetic Prospection at an Early Christian Monastic Site in the Egyptian Delta,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 43 (2007): 129–37. Co-authored with T. Herbich and S. Davis.
"An Archaeological Mission for the White Monastery,” Coptica 4 (2005): 1-26.
"The Excavation in the Monastery of Apa Shenute (Dayr Anba Shinuda) at Suhag,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 58 (2004): 371-382. Co-authors Mohamed Abdal-Rassul, Peter Grossmann and Elizabeth S. Bolman
Ancient Mediterranean Worlds
Antiquity in Novels and Film
Archaeological Field Methods
Archaeology of the Near East
Arrian, Alexander and the Archaeology of Conquest
Athleticism and Sexuality in Antiquity
Byzantium: The Mediterranean World
Excavating Egypt’s History: The Amarna Period
Early Islamic History
Great Mongol Khans
Herodotus and the Greeks
Holy Antique Women! Byzantine Female Hagiography
Martyred Bodies in Late Antiquity
Modern Middle East
Mummies, Myths and Monuments of Ancient Egypt (Spring 2013)
Nomadic Archaeology of Asia
Premodern World History
Silk Road Empires
Senior Thesis Seminar in History
Travel in the Ancient World
2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar to Egypt
2007 and 2006 Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant in Byzantine Studies for the White Monastery Federation Project
2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant for the White Monastery Federation Project with Elizabeth Bolman, Principal Investigator
2003 Freeman Grant for Travel to Japan and Course Development
2003 Faculty Research Fund Board, Wittenberg University
2001-03 Faculty Development Board, Personal Enrichment Grant
2002 NEH Summer Institute, Eurasian History, Harvard University
2000 Erasmus Institute Summer Seminar in History, University of Notre Dame
1998-1999 USIA Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, EGYPT
As an active archaeologist, she has worked in England, Jordan and Egypt. Her professional work is focused upon the archaeology and history of monasticism in Egypt from the fifth to the twelfth centuries. She is currently working on projects on monastic spatial relationships to religious practice and an article on teaching pre-modern history.