Morgan joined the Graduate Group in Ancient History in 2011, after a year as a post-baccalaureate student at Penn. She is currently writing her dissertation on the exploitation of forest resources in ancient Greece during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. Using a variety of epigraphic, literary and archaeological sources from antiquity, along with historical and ethnographic studies from more recent periods, her dissertation explores the trade and transport of timber in the Greek world, where it was sourced, and how those resources were managed.
Morgan has served as a teaching assistant for Greek and Roman history classes at Penn, and taught a two semester sequence of Introductory Latin. She received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students in 2016.
Morgan was a member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens for two years, first as a Regular member (Penn Museum Colburn Fellow, 2013-14), and then as an Associate member (Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellow, 2014-15).
She has participated in a number of archaeological projects in Greece, Albania and Italy. Morgan is currently part of a small team of researchers conducting an architectural and topographical study of the sanctuary of Contrada Mango at Segesta (Sicily) under the direction of Margie Miles (UC Irvine). Work began at Contrada Mango in 2016, and will continue next year. She previously worked as a trench supervisor for several years at ancient Eleon with the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project (2012-15), and at ancient Corinth as part of the ASCSA program (2014); she was a member of the field team of the Vjosë River Valley Archaeological Project (2015) and participated in study seasons at Mochlos (2013) and the Ismenion Hill (2015).
She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (2009), where she majored in Classical Civilizations and completed an honors thesis on the shifting ideological landscape of Athens during the Peloponnesian War period.
Morgan’s scholarly interests include natural resource management in the ancient world, the ancient economy and environment, Greek epigraphy, and ancient technology.
Morgan’s scholarly interests include natural resource management in the ancient world, the ancient economy and environment, seafaring in the Mediterranean, Greek epigraphy and ancient technology.