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Meet the Team

Meet the team!

Sean P. Burrus is a Research Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He received a Ph.D. in the History of Judaism from Duke University (2017) and holds an M.A. in Religion from Duke (2012) and B.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from the University of North Carolina (2008). His research explores the role that material and visual culture played in the Jewish experience of late antiquity. Sean was recently the Bothmer Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Greek and Roman Art, where he completed his dissertation on sarcophagus sculpture and Jewish patrons in the Roman world. As a Frankel Fellow, Sean begins researching a new monograph more broadly exploring Jewish visual culture in late antiquity through a series of case studies across different media, including mosaics, wall paintings, and marble.

Robyn Le Blanc is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro specializing in the archaeology of the Roman provinces,  Roman religion, mythology, and ancient numismatics. She received a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016), an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the same institution (2011), and a B.A. from the George Washington University (2008) where she majored in classical humanities, archaeology, and history. Robyn has excavated across the Roman world, from England to Israel, most recently as a field staff and publication project member on the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (Israel). Her current research explores the material role that mythology and religion played in articulating collective identities and creating connections between cities and peoples in the Roman provinces. Robyn is currently working on a monograph on how communities in the Hellenistic through Late Antique southern Levant engaged with Greco-Roman and local mythological traditions through material culture, especially civic coinage. The project explores how these communities articulated political and cultural assertions about their pasts and identities in the public sphere. In addition, she is developing projects on female founders across the Roman Empire, and on the imperial cult in the provinces.