Program in Early Cultures

Past Grant Recipients

Funding for Events & Courses

Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Amy Russell Classics & History Conference/Workshop/Event Ethics, Exploitation, and Epistemic Reparations around the Classical Archive
Maggie Danaher & Sonja Hansen Classics Conference/Workshop/Event Ancient Language Pedagogy Workshop Series for Graduate Students

 

Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Graham Oliver & Candace Rice Classics and JIAAW Conference/Workshop/Event Social class, local economies, and Imperial rule in Anatolia: epigraphical insights
Ella Grunberger-Kirsh Classics Conference/Workshop/Event BLAG (Brown Late Antique Group)
Rachel Kalisher JIAAW Conference/Workshop/Event Bioarchaeology reading group and speaker series

 

Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Amanda Gaggioli and R. Sandy Hunter JIAAW/IBES Conference/Workshop/Event Environmental Archaeology in the Anthropocene: a series of speaker events
Cicek Beeby JIAAW Conference/Workshop/Event Disability in Antiquity: A Roundtable 
Felipe Rojas JIAAW, Egyptology & Assyriology Conference/Workshop/Event Topographies of pre-Modern Dance- Comparative Perspectives: an International Workshop

 

Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Jeffrey Moser History of Art and Architecture Conference/Workshop/Event Epigraphic Inscription in Tang-Song China
Felipe Rojas and Stephen Houston JIAAW, Egyptology & Assyriology and History of Art and Architecture Conference/Workshop/Event Guided Inventions
Felipe Rojas and Stephen Houston JIAAW, Egyptology & Assyriology and History of Art and Architecture Course  ARCH 2117/HMAN2401V: Marking Meaning: Visual Signs, Language, and Graphic Invention (Spring 2024)

 

Type of Grant Description
Conference/Workshop/Event "Violence in Early Cultures: Questions, Comparisons, and Ethical Considerations"
Conference/Workshop/Event "At the Margins: Interconnections of Power and Identity in the Ancient Near East"
Conference/Workshop/Event The New England Medieval Conference 2019, "Rethinking the Body: Humanity and Its Discontents in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages"
Conference/Workshop/Event Northeast Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory
Conference/Workshop/Event Artist Talk by Michael Rakowitz
Conference/Workshop/Event A discussion on comparison with Joanne Pillsbury and James Doyle
Conference/Workshop/Event Awarded to Christopher Yang (Religious Studies) to support Religious Studies Graduate Students' Conference on Death
Conference/Workshop/Event Awarded to Ella Grunberger-Kirsh (Classics) To create a Brown Late Antique Group focusing on the late and post-classical period in the larger Mediterranean world
Type of Grant Description
Conference/Workshop/Event A lecture by Professor Daniel Selden (UC Santa Cruz), "World Literature and its Discontents: The Life of Ahiqar"
Conference/Workshop/Event A seminar with Professor Renaud Gagné (University of Cambridge) on the topic "The Practice of Comparison in the Study of the Ancient World"
Conference/Workshop/Event The Mediterranean Seminar Spring 2019 Workshop: Captivity and Ransom
Conference/Workshop/Event The Eighth North American Syriac Symposium, "Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions"
Type of Grant Description
Conference/Workshop/Event Prof. Houston ANTH course museum trip
Conference/Workshop/Event The Brown Classical Journal
Conference/Workshop/Event A publication edited by John Bodel and Steve Houston on "Hidden Writing" and "Making a Mark"
Conference/Workshop/Event Sophocles study day (Trachiniae Study Day)
Conference/Workshop/Event The reenactment of an ancient Egyptian battle
Conference/Workshop/Event JIAAW Islands conference
Conference/Workshop/Event Andreas Stauder dinner
Conference/Workshop/Event Graduate student summer grants
Conference/Workshop/Event Egyptology and Assyriology workshop on Afro-Asiatic languages

Top-Up Grants for Graduate Student & Postdocs

Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Josiah Bisbee Religious Studies Top-up Grant The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
Max Peers JIAAW Top-up Grant Stone carving workshop
Harper Dine Anthropology Top-up Grant Classic Maya Botanical Foodscapes at Yaxuna and Joya, Yucatán, Mexico
Leah Neiman JIAAW Top-up Grant Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) Excavations at Giza
Jonathan Price Egyptology & Assyriology Top-up Grant Historical Memory and the Uses of the Past in the Neo-Assyrian Empire
R. Sandy Hunter IBES Top-up Grant  Five Centuries of Terrace Construction and Use at Ollantaytambo, Peru
Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Alyssa Bolster Anthropology Top-up Grant Health, Violence, and Resilience: The Bioarchaeology of Late Horizon and Early Colonial Peru
Christopher Yang Religious Studies Top-up Grant Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy (Academia Sinica)
Daiana Rivas-Tello Anthropology Top-up Grant Craft Production, Community Identity, and Collective Memory in Huancas, Peru
Itamar Levin Classics, History Top-up Grant The Return of the Living-Dead: Erroneous Declarations of Death in Absentia in Ancient Greece and Jewish Law
Joseph Carrino JIAAW Top-up Grant Upper Sabina Tiberina Project; Progetto S’Urachi; Sinis Archaeological Project
Leah Neiman JIAAW Top-up Grant American Excavations Samothrace (AES) 2023 Field Season
Liza Davis JIAAW Top-up Grant Fieldwork and dissertation research in Greece and Turkey
Max Peers JIAAW Top-up Grant Dissertation Research/Excavation in Italy for Summer 2023
Mina Nikolovieni JIAAW Top-up Grant Linear B Course
Noah Tetenbaum Religious Studies Top-up Grant The Sacrificial Cult in Medieval Karaite Jewish Thought
Qizhen Xie History, Classics Top-up Grant Land Institutions and Epigraphic Sources
Yanxiang Li Philosophy Top-up Grant CUNY Intensive Summer Program in Greek
Zhujun Ma Religious Studies Top-up Grant Extended Textual Communities (From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions)
Amanda Gaggioli JIAAW Top-up Grant Geoarchaeology of Aegean (Greece) Burial and Ritual
R. Sandy Hunter IBES Top-up Grant Ollantaytambo Before the Inka: Evaluating Agricultural Intensification in the Andean Past
Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Josiah Bisbee Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support to deliver two papers at the Society for Biblical Literature annual conference
Leah Neiman JIAAW Top-up Grant Support to participate in the Uronarti Regional Archaeological Project
Liza Davis JIAAW Top-up Grant Support to participate in the Uronarti Regional Archaeological Project
Zhujun Ma Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support to deliver a paper at the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society annual conference
R. Sandy Hunter IBES Top-up Grant Purchased software to help with research on Visualizing Ollantaytambo's Fields
Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Rafa Saad Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant Support to attend special Harvard course on Ancient Egypt and the Hebrew Bible.
Stephanie Wong History Top-up Grant Support for attending historical weaving course at the Chicago Weaving School.
Morgan Clark Anthropology Top-up Grant Purchased photogrammetry equipment for photographing classical Maya vases.
Paul Aste and Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh Classics and History Top-up Grant Support for the Brown Late Antiquity Group.
Max Peers JIAAW Top-up Grant Support for dissertation research in Italy and Sicily.
Sherry Pan Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support dissertation research and writing in winter 2022.
Daiana Rivas-Tello Anthropology Top-up Grant Support for research trip to Huancas, Peru.
Josiah Bisbee Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support to deliver paper at the Society for Biblical Literature annual conference.
Soyoung You Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support to deliver paper at the Korean Studies Festival Conference.
Tanner Walker Religious Studies Top-up Grant Support to deliver paper at the Society for Biblical Literature annual conference.
Sarah Mohr Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant Support for indexing and copyediting the volume of conference papers from At the Margins: Interconnections of Power and Identity in the Ancient Near East.
Recipients Department Type of Grant Description
Christopher Yang Religious Studies Top-up Grant Purchased texts for preliminary exams
Kuan-hung Liu History of Art and Architecture Top-up Grant Purchased Japanese books and references for dissertation research.
Michaela Leah Prostak Religious Studies Top-up Grant Purchased books for current research and preliminary exams.
Sarah Christensen History Top-up Grant Purchased books for preliminary exams.
Bethany Whitlock Anthropology Top-up Grant Paid for oral/written Spanish classes
Mikhail Berg Religious Studies Top-up Grant Participated in intermediate Syriac language study through Beth Mardutho: the Syriac Studies Institute.
Rachel Kalisher JIAAW Top-up Grant Purchased camera equipment for high-quality photos of research samples.
Isabel Far as Velasco Comparative Literature Top-up Grant Attended intensive Nahuatl language course taught by the University of Utah (Language and Culture Program) and the Instituto de Docencia e Investigaci n Entol gica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ).
Joshua Schnell Anthropology Top-up Grant Travel assistance for data collection during the month of August at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
Paul Aste History Top-up Grant Attended the June 2021 Mediterranean Seminar summer course, "Introduction to the Archive of the Crown of Aragon (documents in Latin to ca. 1350)."
Sarah Mohr Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant Paid for the images of cuneiform tablets from the British Museum.
Recipients Department/
Concentration
Type of Grant Description
Mina Nikolovieni JIAAW Top-up Grant To document a large pottery assemblage, stored in the Archaeological Museum of Marathon
Federico Zangani Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant To present doctoral research at the International Congress of Egyptologists in Cairo, Egypt
Josiah S. Bisbee Religious Studies Top-up Grant To present a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Diego, California
Oliver Coulson History of Art and Architecture Top-up Grant To travel to the UK over the winter break to research early Saxon depictions of angels in situ at the cathedrals of Lichfield and Durham
Robert Kashow Religious Studies Top-up Grant To attend and participate in the American Schools of Oriental Research and Society of Biblical Literature conferences in San Diego, CA
Recipients Department/
Concentration
Type of Grant Description
Baoli Yang Comparative Literature Top-up Grant To carry out a summer project participating in two programs on the cultural history of the Silk Road in the Chinese medieval period.
Daiana Rivas-Tello Anthropology Top-up Grant To conduct typological and compositional analysis on late Prehispanic and Early Colonial period ceramics from Purun Llaqta del Maino, to examine how resettlement of indigenous potters impacted craft production.
Harper Dine Anthropology Top-up Grant To investigate the agriculture and foodways within the ancient Maya kingdom of Piedras Negras.
Julia Hurley JIAAW Top-up Grant To study changing culinary traditions in the transformation of Iron Age Gaulish societies in North and Central France, following the Roman conquests.
Laurel Darcy Hackley JIAAW Top-up Grant To investigate the desert landscapes of ancient Egypt as social spaces, counter to a long tradition of scholarship that treats them as culturally sterile.
Soyoung You Religious Studies Top-up Grant To research the concept of sage (shengren) in the Confucian tradition, by tracing the changes and comparing the diverse interpretations of this concept in East Asian intellectual history.
Christopher Ell Ancient History Top-up Grant To participate in the British School at Athens' Summer Epigraphy source, which offers an unparalleled opportunity to study ancient Greek inscriptions in their original context.
Fiona Sappenfield Classics Top-up Grant To attend the Greece from the Sea summer seminar hosted by the American School in Athens, which will be of use for her research concerning ancient views of the sea in literature.
Joshua T. Schnell Anthropology Top-up Grant To conduct archaeological fieldwork with the Proyecto Arqueológico Budsilha-Chocolja in Chiapas, Mexico.
Kelly Nguyen Sutherland Classics Top-up Grant To present her paper entitled "What's in a Natio: Rethinking Ethnic Identity in the Roman Empire," at the Celtic Conference in Classics at Coimbra University, Portugal
Leland Renato Grigoli History Top-up Grant To complete coursework towards the Diploma in Manuscript Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at Toronto.
Mariajosé Rodriguez-Pliego Comparative Literature Top-up Grant To continue her research on indigeneity and migration by attending the Nahuatl Language and Culture Program at the University of Utah.
Miriam Rothenberg JIAAW Top-up Grant To visit and make observations at several Mediterranean sites of devastating volcanism in the past, concluding with a trip to volcanic field sites in Greece.
Oliver Coulson History of Art and Architecture Top-up Grant To complete an intensive Serbian language course in Belgrade, in order to pursue future research on the art and architecture of early Serbian monasteries.
Patrick R. Magoffin Religious Studies Top-up Grant To enroll in an immersive, eight-week Japanese language program at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.
Robert Kashow Religious Studies Top-up Grant To present a paper entitled, "Theorizing the Agency of Apocalyptic Images of Violence," at the annual meeting of the Center for the Critical Study of the Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements at the University of Bedfordshire.
Silvia Stubnova Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant To present her paper entitled "Where Syntax and Semantics Meet: A Typological Analysis of Old Egyptian Causatives," at the 47th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL) in Paris, France.
Tali Hershkovitz Religious Studies Top-up Grant To participate in a weeklong seminar, "Women and Nuns in Chinese Buddhism," at Ghent University.
Sherry Pan Religious Studies Top-up Grant To prepare for exams in classical Chinese philosophy (early Confucianism and Daoism) and East Asian religious thought (Chinese and Japanese).
Recipients Department/
Concentration
Type of Grant Description
Adrien Stoloff Religious Studies Top-up Grant To present a paper at the 12th International Conference on Daoist Studies at Beijing Normal University, as well as To attend the workshop at Renmin University and To work with scholars at Peking University, in Beijing
Avichai Kapach Classics Top-up Grant To attend the Thouria Excavation conducted by the Hellenic Education and Research Center in Greece
Christopher Ell Classics Top-up Grant To work in major European museums on the material evidence for Greek, Etruscan, and Levantine symposia
Daniel Plekhov JIAAW Top-up Grant For archaeological work in the Chachapoyas region of northeastern Peru
Ella Grunberger-Kirsh Classics Top-up Grant To attend the papyrology course at the University of Oslo
Julia Hurley JIAAW Top-up Grant For archaeological work in England, France, and Sardini
Mark Agostini Anthropology Top-up Grant To work on ancestral Tewa ceramics at the Archaeological Research Center at UC-Santa Cruz
Michael Payne Religious Studies Top-up Grant To work in the Arabic, Persian, and Syriac materials at the UC-Berkeley library for dissertation on discourses of race, heresy, and empire in the formation of Twelver Shi'ism
Robert Kashow Religious Studies Top-up Grant To work in the archives at the British Museum in London, to assist at the archaeological dig at Tel Azekah in Israel, and To present a paper at the International SBL meeting in Helsinki
Sam Goldstein Religious Studies Top-up Grant To work at Fudan University’s Excavated Text and Paleography Research Center in Shanghai, China
Sherry Pan Religious Studies Top-up Grant To attend the Japanese course at the International Christian University in Tokyo, and To present a paper at the International Conference on Daoist Studies at Beijing Normal University in Beijing
Soyoung You Religious Studies Top-up Grant To present a paper at the international conference on “Zhu Xi and Zhu Xi Studies” at Trier University in Germany
Tanner Walker Religious Studies Top-up Grant To prepare for preliminary exams in ancient Israelite and Mesopotamian religions (Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian and others), with a view towards a dissertation providing a cross-cultural study of human-animal relations
Vicky Almansa Villatoro Egyptology and Assyriology Top-up Grant To work on Old Kingdom papyri at the Brooklyn Museum