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Sophie Cushman (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Research Areas

Aegean prehistory; 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 development of communal spaces in Cretan settlements from the Iron Age to Archaic periods.  After graduating Tulane, 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. 

Sophie earned her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Berkeley in 2018 with a thesis examining identity construction and agency in Late Minoan Cretan cemeteries.  She has taught courses on Greek archaeology, Roman and Greek culture, and Latin at UC Berkeley.  Her dissertation examines the ways in which local, non-palatial communities in the Argolid responded to the increasing authority of the palace at Mycenae through a diachronic examination of mortuary customs in chamber tomb cemeteries.

Sophie has excavated on Crete and currently works as a supervisor and researcher on the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology's projects at Nemea, Aidonia, and Mycenae in the Peloponnese. 

In 2021-2022, Sophie was the Emily Townsend Vermeule Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  She will return as the Ione Mylonas Shear Advanced Fellow in 2022-2023.