“No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.”~Zora Neale Hurston

Segesta, Sicily
Vivian A. Laughlin is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University. Her concentrations are Ancient Near Eastern & Roman Archaeology and Anthropology, with an Early Church History cognate. Her research is comprised of two time periods, specifically Hellenistic and Roman (300BCE-300CE). Having elucidated her research to both the Hellenistic and Roman periods has allowed Vivian to hone skills within her specializations of ancient near eastern peoples, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, ancient religions, and ancient Roman architecture.

Vivian is quite the renaissance woman! Prior to moving into the world of academia and archaeology, she's served as a trial court paralegal for 16 years; missionary teacher in Asia; research/administrative assistant at University of Chicago, teaching assistant for the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE); contract instructor at Dominican University; graduate assistant, website coordinator, librarian at Andrews University and a research associate of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University. Vivian's research pursuits have provided unique ethnographical, ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological and excavation opportunities in Australia, Egypt, Greece, Haiti, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Italy (Rome, Sicily, Tivoli), and Turkey.

Much of Vivian's research and academic achievements would not be possible without the following gracious fellowships:
  • Leona Memorial Endowment Scholarship. Andrews University, 2018-2019
  • Hasel Memorial Fund Scholarship. Andrews University, 2013-2019
  • Forum for Theological Exploration Fellow, 2017-2018
  • William Randolph Hearst Distinguished Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Graduate Research Fellowship. Office of Research & Creative Scholarship at Andrews University, 2016-2017.
  • Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellow. American Center of Oriental Research, 2016-2017
  • Platt Excavation Scholarship. American Schools of Oriental Research, 2016- 2017
  • Annual Meetings Travel Scholarship. American Schools of Oriental Research, 2016
  • Columbia University - APAHA: Hadrian's Villa Excavation Fellow, 2015