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

Segesta, Sicily
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology with a minor in Early Church History. 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 grounding breaking study.  Dr. Laughlin also holds a B.A. in Business Management & Psychology from DePaul University and an M.A. in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union, where her concentration was Intercultural Religious Studies with a minor in Biblical Studies.

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.