AAMW Program Overview

The Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World trains students for careers in the art and archaeology of Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations. Drawing on the vast resources of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, AAMW incorporates fieldwork, museum internships, and university instruction into a flexible interdisciplinary program leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. All students accepted into the program are fully funded for a period of at least five years.

The faculty of the AAMW Graduate Group features an extraordinary array of distinguished scholars who represent virtually every major area in the study of antiquity. Most of the faculty are drawn from four departments in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences: Classical Studies, History of Art, Anthropology, and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, although the resources of the Graduate School of Design, the Center for Ancient Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies are frequently utilized as well. AAMW students also have the opportunity to take courses at Bryn Mawr, Princeton, and Temple University, which form part of a regional academic consortium with Penn.



2017-2018 has been an extraordinary year for the AAMW program! During the year, Penn conferred a record nine degrees on our students, 8 Ph.D. and 1 M.A. The Ph.D. recipients are: Lara Fabian, Sarah Linn, Kate Morgan, Daira Nocera, Steve Renette, Anna Sitz, Lucas Stephens, and Kurtis Tanaka. Samantha Davidson received an M.A. Congratulations to all of you on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishments!

The news on the job front for our recent graduates has also been very good. Of those receiving their Ph.D.s this year, Lara Fabian has a multi-year postdoctoral position in Freiberg; Anna Sitz has a postdoctoral position in Berlin; and Kate Morgan and Lucas Stephens have secured postdocs at the University of Chicago. We are expecting more good news shortly from this group. Four recent graduates have landed tenure-track academic positions this year: Meg Andrews (2015) at the University of Chicago, Jordan Pickett (2015) at the University of Georgia, Sarah Beckmann (2016) at UCLA, and Peter Cobb (2016) at the University of Hong Kong.  Amanda Reiterman (2016) is a Visiting Lecturer at Holy Cross College.

In 2018–19 we welcome three new graduate students, Lauren King, James Gross, and Maurice Harton. We look forward to the unique contributions they will bring to the AAMW community.

Several AAMW students held prestigious awards and fellowships in 2017–18. Katherine Burge was the Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Fellow for 2017–18, and also held a Dissertation Research Fellowship from Penn SAS. Sophie Crawford Waters completed the second and final year of the Irene Rosenzweig/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize for research at the American Academy in Rome. Petra Creamer received a grant from Penn’s Price Laboratory for Digital Humanities. In support of her work in Azerbaijan, Lara Fabian was awarded a Greenewalt Extraordinary Funds grant from the Kolb Society, a Rust Family Foundation grant, and the GAPSA Provost’s Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation. Reed Goodman was elected a Junior Fellow of the Louis J. Kolb Society at Penn. Olivia Hayden was an Associate Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) in 2017–18, supported by grants from the Penn Museum (Colburn grant) and the Betancourt Fund for Archaeological Teaching and Research in Aegean Prehistory. Sam Holzman’s dissertation research was partially funded by a Greenewalt Extraordinary Funds grant from the Kolb Society. Steve Renette held the Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence from the Center for Teaching and Learning, for which he organized a series of teaching workshops. He also received a Mesopotamian Fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). Janelle Sadarananda was a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) in 2017–18, supported by a Penn Museum Colburn grant. Anna Sitz was awarded a Greenewalt Extraordinary Funds grant from the Kolb Society, and a President Amy Gutmann Leadership Award. Lucas Stephens held a Price Laboratory for Digital Humanities grant. Kurtis Tanaka was supported by a Dissertation Research Fellowship from Penn SAS.

With so many graduations, there will be fewer students in residence, but those working on their degrees are well set for 2018–19. Petra Creamer and Katherine Burge (both ABD) have been awarded Dissertation Research Fellowships from Penn SAS. Petra has also won a Fulbright Fellowship for research on archaeological collections in Germany. Janelle Sadarananda secured a coveted second-year fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Two AAMW students, John Sigmier and Emily French, were elected Junior Fellows of the Kolb Society at Penn.

Many AAMW Ph.D. candidates (Crawford-Waters, Creamer, Fabian, Holzman, Morgan, Renette, Sitz, Tanaka) published book chapters or articles in journal such as the American Journal of Archaeology and Journal of Roman Archaeology. Several published pieces in the Penn Museum’s periodical Expedition and in the Museum’s exhibition catalog for The Golden Age of King Midas. Nearly all AAMW students presented their work at conferences around the world.

AAMW continues to be one of the most active programs in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology in North America. During 2017–2018 AAMW students and faculty conducted fieldwork in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Iraq, Georgia, Russia, and Azerbaijan. During the year we will hear more about this work in our Friday noon colloquium series.

The Interdepartmental Graduate Group in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW) offers a terminal M.A. program in Mediterranean Archaeology. Learn more here.