Who We Are

 

Andrew Koh (Project Co-Director and Database Co-Editor-in-Chief) is an archaeologist (Ph.D. Penn) with a strong investment in the natural sciences and digital applications (B.S. Illinois – Bioengineering/Biophysics/Pre-Medicine). He founded the ARCHEM project in 2003 with an eye towards better integrating scientific analyses into archaeological field work, which is now fully realized with the OpenARCHEM project. He espouses transdisciplinary approaches that seamlessly integrate the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to nurture new creative spaces (Koh in press; Koh, Yasur-Landau, Cline 2014). He has been a faculty member at the MIT Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology since 2009 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow, teaching a unit in both its introductory archaeological science course (3.985J) and its year-long ceramic technology course (3.984). He was the co-founder and managing director of the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab. His research focuses on better understanding cultural interactions and social complexity in the ancient world through the sourcing, production, trade, and consumption of organic commodities and goods. This ultimately provides opportunities to recover lost ancient innovation and reverse engineer processes for modern applications. His research interests include the history of technology & innovation, ancient economies & ecologies, organic commodities & branded goods, biomolecular archaeology & phytochemistry, and digital applications (GIS, 3D modeling).

Kate Birney (Project Co-Director and Database Co-Editor-in-Chief) is an archaeologist (Ph.D. Harvard) specializing in interaction and cultural exchange between Greece and the Ancient Near East with an eye towards economic systems. She is the current recipient of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, which is supporting two years of additional training in the archaeological sciences at MIT and Harvard geared towards ceramic technology and ethnobotany. Her research focuses on two periods of intensive contact: the Bronze-Iron Age transition, tracking Mycenaean immigrants and tribes of Sea Peoples as they moved from the Aegean sphere into Cilicia, Syria, Israel and Cyprus (Birney 2007; Birney 2008; Birney and Doak 2011), and the Hellenistic period, during which Greek and Phoenician cultural and market forces shaped the landscape of the southern Levant (Birney and Levine 2011; Birney 2015, 2017, 2018). Each of her major projects (‘Amuq, Ashkelon, Mouliana, Penn Museum) have legacy data at their core, and as such she is intimately familiar with the many challenges of working with such assemblages, and envisions the OpenARCHEM project as a resource to help other scholars apply new data and analytical frameworks to legacy material.

Anna Krohn (Senior Software Developer, Information Architect, Co-Managing Editor of Full Spectrum) is a seasoned developer of databases for ancient resources – the new catalog for the Perseus Digital Library being her largest undertaking thus far. She was the original Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab manager and is designing the data model, the database, and the search algorithms for the OpenARCHEM archaeometric database.

Sarah Schofield-Mansur (Senior Database Editor, Social Media Editor) is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Brandeis and a veteran of the ARCHEM Project. She is interested in bioarchaeology, social interpretation of funerary practice, infant container burials, cultural/archaeological heritage management, and gendered interpretation of domestic space and material culture.

Helen Wong (Staff Coordinator, Database Editor, Co-Managing Editor of Full Spectrum) as a double-major in Classical Studies and History has been active in the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab and its 3D modeling initiative in collaboration with the MakerLab and its director, Ian Roy. She was a Senior Intern for the Classical Artifact Research Collection (CLARC) and was awarded a Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship to study ancient object biography and topography with Dr. Koh using ultra-accurate 3D scanning. She is earning a master’s degree at Oxford University and will subsequently matriculate as a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Team Members
The OA Project has five active research teams and offers research opportunities for enthusiastic, dedicated graduate and undergraduate student researchers. Interested parties should fill our our application form, or contact Staff Coordinator Helen Wong, openarchem@gmail.com.

2018-2019
Chris Armstrong (OC), undergraduate (Brandeis University)
Jaquelin Aroujo (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Alison Crandall (OC), Brandeis BA ’13, MA ’15 (Alpha Analytical)
Joy Feinberg (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Derrek Joyce (TER), Brandeis MA ’19
Anna Krohn (DMP, Full Spectrum), Brandeis MA ’18 (New England Law School)
Jana O’Donnell (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Andrew Rogers (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Sonja Welch (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Helen Wong (DMP), undergraduate (Brandeis University)
Tessa Zitter (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)

2017-2018
Chris Armstrong (OC), undergraduate (Brandeis University)
Jaquelin Aroujo (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Savannah Bishop (MER), MA student (Brandeis University)
Alison Crandall (OC), PhD student (UCLA)
Joy Feinberg (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Emma Graham (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Ryan Johnson (TER), PhD candidate (University of British Columbia)
Brittany Joyce (TER), MA student (Brandeis University)
Derrek Joyce (TER), MA student (Brandeis University)
Anna Krohn (DMP), MA student (Brandeis University)
See Woo Lee (DMP), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Jennifer Marks (PLR), MA in Museum Studies (Tufts University) and MPH in International Health (Boston University)
Evan McDuff ( TER), MA student (Brandeis University) – Pliny, Galen
Vanessa Ramirez (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Benjamin Sarraille (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Jack Sheffer (MER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Helen Wong (DMP), undergraduate (Brandeis University)

Advisory Board
Eric H. Cline (George Washington University)
Andrea M. Berlin (Boston University)
Ian M. Roy (Brandeis University)
Cheryl Floyd