Academics - Faculty Profiles

Michelle Berenfeld, PhD
Assistant Professor of Classics

Michelle Berenfeld

Research Interests:

Classical archaeology, urbanism in antiquity, the eastern Roman empire, domestic space and social life, late antiquity, cultural heritage

Recent Courses:

Fantastic Archaeology: Modern Myths, Pseudo-Science, and the Study of the Past (CLAS20)
Ancient Spectacle (CLAS125)
Greek Art and Archaeology (CLAS161)
Roman Art and Archaeology (CLAS162)
Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (CLAS164)
First Year Seminar: The Trojan War
Senior Seminar in Classics (CLAS190)
Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (CLAS164)

Selected Publications:

“The Triconch House and the Predecessors of the Bishop's Palace at Aphrodisias,” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 113, no. 2 (April 2009).

“Cultural Heritage and Climate Change: Local Evidence, Global Responses,” George Wright Society Forum, vol.25, no.2 (2008).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

“Minding the Gaps: Traffic and Infrastructure in Petra’s Northwest Wadis,” Wadi Musa, Jordan, June 9, 2011.

“Nights at Round Tables: The Dining Room and Religious Community in Late Antiquity,” paper presented at the Religious Studies Ideas Series, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, March 25, 2011.

“Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and Climate Change: Preserving and Learning from the Past in a Warmer Future,” Keynote address, Annual Colloquium, Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Preservation, Ghent, Belgium, March 2009.

Current Fieldwork:

As part of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project, Professor Berenfeld has been working on a study of ancient roads and settlements on the outskirts of Petra, an ancient Nabataean and Roman city in modern Jordan, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.