Throughout Dr. Laughlin's doctoral program, she expanded her courseload with classical and Roman architectural studies from the American Academy of Rome, Columbia University, and Yale University. Her research awarded her unique ethnographical, ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological, and excavation opportunities in Australia, Egypt, Greece, Haiti, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Italy (Naples, Rome, Sicily, Tivoli), and Turkey. Having elucidated her overall academic research to both the Hellenistic and Roman periods (330BC-300AD) has also allowed Vivian to hone specialization skills of ancient near eastern peoples, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, ancient religions, and ancient Roman architecture.
Dr. Laughlin was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine” at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. This research will continue her dissertation’s evidence of Roman emperors using religious and imperial influence through the appropriation of various deities, specifically Serapis and Isis, in Judea and Palestine.