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  Elaine A Sullivan

Elaine A Sullivan

Associate Professor



Humanities Division

History Department

Associate Professor


Anthropology Department
Classical Studies
Archaeological Research Center
Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA)

Regular Faculty

Digital Humanities
Virtual Reality, Immersive, and Augmented Reality Environments
Ancient World / Classics

Humanities Building 1

Spring quarter 2024: Tues&Thurs 2:30-3:30 in Humanities or via Zoom (please email for appointment)

Humanities Academic Services


Elaine A. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist whose work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. Her born-digital publication, Constructing the Sacred, utilizes a geo-temporal 3D model of the necropolis of Saqqara (near modern Cairo) to investigate questions of ritual landscape and visibility at the site. This digital monograph (, Stanford University Press, 2020) was awarded prizes by the American Historical Association and the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Her archaeological work in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a joint UCLA-Rijksuniversiteit Groningen project in the Egyptian Fayum at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis. She has also excavated at sites in Syria, Italy, and Israel. Sullivan has published extensively on the use of digital technologies for research and scholarship. 

Dr. Sullivan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from Johns Hopkins University. Her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History is from Duke University.

Research interests include landscape, temples and ritual sites, women and gender, and the use of digital toolkits in historical research.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology, 2022

American Historical Association (AHA)  Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Publication Awardee, 2018-2019

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Awardee, 2015-2016

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2012-2013

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), National Lecture Program speaker, 2012-2013

UC Chancellor's Award for Post-Doctoral Scholarship, 2010

ARCE Dissertation Fellowship, 2005


History 050: When Pharaohs Reigned: The History of Ancient Egypt
HIS 051: Pyramids of Earth
History 159A: Cleopatra to Constantine: Greek and Roman Egypt
History 189: @history: Doing History in a Digital Age
History 159B: Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt
History 159C: Temple and City: The Egyptian New Kingdom and the City of Thebes
History 159D: When Cities were New: the Rise of Urbanism in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean
History 194S: Who Owns the Past?: Object Lives in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean
HIS 208: An Introduction to Digital Humanities (Graduate Class)

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