No matter how far a person can go, the horizon is still way beyond you.” ~Zora Neale Hurston
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin is currently a U.S. Fulbright Postdoctoral Researcher at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology pursuing her independent research project, titled “Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine.” Her postdoctoral research expands beyond her dissertation’s evidence of Roman emperors using religious and imperial influence through the appropriation of various deities, specifically Serapis and Isis, in ancient Judea and Palestine.
Dr. Laughlin holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology with a minor in Early Church History from Andrews University. Her dissertation entitled, “The Appropriation of the Hellenistic-Egyptian Cult of Serapis: A Multi-Disciplinary Study Focusing on Augustus, Nero, Hadrian, Their Coinage, and Villas” is a ground breaking study. Dr. Laughlin also holds a B.A. in Business Management & Psychology from DePaul University and an M.A. in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, where her concentration was Intercultural Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies. Throughout Dr. Laughlin's doctoral program, she expanded her course load with classical and Roman architectural studies from the American Academy of Rome, Columbia University, and Yale University.
Her research has awarded her unique ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological, and excavation opportunities in Australia, Egypt, Greece, Haiti, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Italy (Naples, Rome, Sicily, Tivoli), and Turkey. Although her research on deities and cults are from all archaeological time periods, she elucidates her research to both the Hellenistic and Roman periods (330BC-500AD), which has also allowed Dr. Laughlin to hone specialization skills of ancient near eastern peoples, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, ancient religions, and ancient Roman architecture.