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Sophie Cushman (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Research Areas

Aegean prehistory; Late Bronze Age; mortuary archaeology; identity, ethnicity, and material culture; state formation and social structure; administration; writing and literacy; cultural heritage


Sophie is a PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology.  She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Classical Studies and Art History from Tulane University in 2015.  Her honors thesis examined the articulation of communal spaces in Cretan settlements from the Iron Age to Archaic periods.  She completed the Post-Baccalaureate program in Classical Languages at the University of Pennsylvania and joined the PhD program in Classical Archaeology at Berkeley in 2016, where she earned her M.A. in Classical Archaeology in 2018 with a thesis examining the construction of identity in Late Bronze Age Cretan cemeteries.

Sophie studies Aegean prehistory with a focus on the Mycenaean period, mortuary archaeology, identity and ethnicity, and state formation.  She has excavated on Crete and currently works as an excavation supervisor and researcher at the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, the Late Bronze Age cemetery of Aidonia, and Petsas House at Mycenae.  In 2021-2022, Sophie was the Emily Townsend Vermeule Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where she is currently the Ione Mylonas Shear Associate Fellow.  Her dissertation re-examines the distribution and use of chamber tombs in the Late Bronze Age northeastern Peloponnese from the perspective of non-palatial communities.

Sophie has taught Intro to Greek Archaeology, Intro to Greek Civilization, Intro to Roman Civilization, and Latin 1 and 2 at UC Berkeley.