Who We Are


Andrew Koh (Co-Director and Co-Editor-in-Chief) is an archaeologist (Ph.D. Penn) with a strong investment in the natural sciences and digital applications. He founded the Archaeochemistry Research in the Eastern Mediterranean (ARCHEM) project in 2003 with an eye towards better integrating scientific analyses into archaeological field work, which is now fully realized with the OpenARCHEM project. He espouses transdisciplinary approaches that seamlessly integrate the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to nurture new creative spaces (Koh in press; Koh, Yasur-Landau, Cline 2014). He is heavily involved in the digital humanities as a founding academic co-director and managing director of the Brandeis DH Lab. He has been a faculty member at the MIT Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology since 2009, teaching a unit in both its introductory archaeological science course (3.985J) and its year-long ceramic technology course (3.984).

Kate Birney (Co-Director and Co-Editor-in-Chief) is an archaeologist (Ph.D. Harvard) specializing in interaction and cultural exchange between Greece and the Ancient Near East with an eye towards economic systems. Her research focuses on two periods of intensive contact: the Bronze-Iron Age transition, tracking Mycenaean immigrants and tribes of Sea Peoples as they moved from the Aegean sphere into Cilicia, Syria, Israel and Cyprus (Birney 2007; Birney 2008; Birney and Doak 2011), and the Hellenistic period, during which Greek and Phoenician cultural and market forces shaped the landscape of the southern Levant (Birney and Levine 2011; Birney 2015, Birney forthcoming I and II). Each of her major projects (‘Amuq, Ashkelon, Mouliana) have legacy data at their core, and as such she is intimately familiar with the many challenges of working with such assemblages, and envisions the OpenARCHEM project as a resource to help other scholars apply new data and analytical frameworks to legacy material.

Anna Krohn (Senior Software Developer and Information Architect) is a seasoned developer of databases for ancient resources – the new catalog for the Perseus Digital Library being her largest undertaking thus far. She is the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab manager and will be designing the data model, the database, and the search algorithms for the OpenARCHEM archaeometric database.

Alison Crandall (Senior Science Architect) has been the assistant director of the ARCHEM project and a member of the Archaeomaterials Group at UCLA. She has years of experience in the collection and analysis of data for organic residue analysis and pXRF spectrometry. She will consult on the building of the data model and the search functionalities of the OpenARCHEM archaeometric database.

Helen Wong (Staff Coordinator) as a double-major in Classical Studies and History has been active in the Brandeis Digital Humanities Lab and its 3D modeling initiative in collaboration with the MakerLab and its director, Ian Roy. She is a Senior Intern for the Classical Artifact Research Collection (CLARC) and has been awarded a Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship to study ancient object biography and topography with Dr. Koh using ultra-accurate 3D scanning.

Research Team Members
The OA Project has five active research teams and offers research opportunities for enthusiastic, dedicated graduate and undergraduate student researchers. Interested parties should fill our our application form, or contact Staff Coordinator Helen Wong, openarchem@gmail.com.

Chris Armstrong (OC), undergraduate (Brandeis University)
Jaquelin Aroujo (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Savannah Bishop (MER), MA student (Brandeis University)
Alison Crandall (OC), PhD student (UCLA)
Cassie Donnelly (TER), PhD student (University of Texas) – Linear B, Herodotus
Joy Feinberg (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University) – Hebrew and Aramaic
Emma Graham (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University) – Pliny
Ryan Johnson (TER), PhD candidate (University of British Columbia) – Mesopotamian magico-medical texts, Greek comedies
Brittany Joyce (TER), MA student (Brandeis University) – Egyptian medical texts
Derrek Joyce (TER), MA student (Brandeis University) – Linear B
Anna Krohn (DMP), MA student (Brandeis University)
See Woo Lee (DMP), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Jennifer Marks (PLR), MA in Museum Studies (Tufts University) and MPH in International Health (Boston University)
Evan McDuff ( TER), MA student (Brandeis University) – Pliny, Galen
Vanessa Ramirez (OC), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Benjamin Sarraille (TER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University) – Theophrastus, Linear B
Jack Sheffer (MER), undergraduate (Wesleyan University)
Helen Wong (DMP), undergraduate (Brandeis University)

Advisory Board
Andrea M. Berlin (Boston University)
Eric H. Cline (George Washington University)
Ian M. Roy (Brandeis University)