Papyrology: Meet the Staff

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Current Staff

Brendan Haug

Archivist of the Papyrology Collection
Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies

Brendan holds a joint appointment in the Library as the Archivist of the Papyrology Collection and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. His academic interests focus on papyrology and the history or Graeco-Roman Egypt, primarily environmental history (water, irrigation, agriculture, natural resources, etc.). He also has interests in the history of Egyptology and in Egypt in the European colonial period.

Brendan graduated from the University of Washington in 2004 with a BA in Classics and from the University of California Berkeley in 2012 with a PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. When he’s not to be found in the Papyrology room of Hatcher Graduate Library, look for him in Classical Studies on the second floor of Angell Hall.

As Archivist of the Papyrology Collection, Brendan works to facilitate research, publication, and conservation of the collection. On the digital side, he oversees and helps to enhance papyrology's digital resources. On the Classical Studies side, he serves as an Assistant Professor and teaches coursework in the Classics.

Monica Tsuneishi

Papyrology Collection Manager

Monica received her MS in Information from the University of Michigan in 2011 and her MPhil in Classical Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2007. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Maryland. She has been working in the University Library since 2009 and started working in the Papyrology Collection in 2013.  Her primary responsibilites include managing the day-to-day operations of the Papyrology Collection and making both the Papyrus Collection and the Papyrology Reference Collection available to scholars and visitors.

Leyla Lau-Lamb

Senior Papyrus Conservator

Leyla has been the conservator of the Michigan Papyrus Collection since 1990. She was trained at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, and as one of the foremost papyrus conservators in the world, she has worked internationally at several collections, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Carlsburg Collection in Copenhagen, and the Chester Beatty Collection in Dublin. In order to help provide instruction in papyrus conservation, she has published and regularly updates the APIS Conservation Guidelines, which is now the standard guide in the field. She has also organized an International Seminar in Papyrus Conservation at the University of Michigan in order to train professionals from other collections in all aspects of papyrus conservation.

Marieka Kaye

Conservation Librarian / Book Conservator

With the support of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding, Marieka comes to U of M after serving as a book and paper conservator for 8 years at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. Marieka is a rare book and paper conservator assessing and treating predominantly bound, paper-based collection materials for the University of Michigan library system. She is currently training in papyrus conservation with Senior Conservator Leyla Lau-Lamb.

Randal Stegmeyer

Digital Photographer

Randal is the digital photographer for the U of M Library. Since 2006 he has been working to digitize our Papyrology collection for use by scholars around the world. He creates high-resolution color images as well as infrared photos with the intent of making these ancient documents readable and translatable.

Associated Faculty

Richard Janko

Gerald F. Else Collegiate Professor of Classical Studies

Richard Janko has worked on a variety of literary and philosophical papyri, including the Strasbourg Empedocles and the Derveni papyrus. At present he is reconstructing a 16-meter long roll from Herculaneum which contains Book 2 of On Poems by Philodemus, the Epicurean philosopher and teacher of Vergil.

Ludwig Koenen

Herbert C. Youtie Distinguished University Professor of Papyrology

Retired 2002

Ian Moyer

Assistant Professor of History

Ian Moyer's investigation of historical interactions between ancient Greeks and Egyptians often lead him to the papyri, ostraca and inscriptions of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and to the wealth of resources in the University of Michigan Papyrology Reference Collection.  In his recent book, Egypt and the Limits of Hellenism, he has explored the history of cultural and intellectual encounters between ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and in his current research he is re-examining relations between the Ptolemaic state and the indigenous élite in Egypt. He also uses papyrus documents to teach ancient history at Michigan.

Francesca Schironi

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

Francesca Schironi (PhD in 2002 from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) studied Papyrology at the University of Pisa and then at Oxford with Dirk Obbink, where between 2003 and 2004 she also worked on the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Imaging Project as a research assistant to Dr. Dirk Obbink. While assistant and associate professor at Harvard (2004-2010), Francesca founded and directed the Harvard Papyri Digitization Project, which digitized the papyrological collection at Harvard and made it available online. Beyond editing papyri of Oxyrhynchus and working on the connection between papyri and ancient scholarship, she is the author of two monographs on papyri; the edition and commentary of the Oxyrhynchus Glossary (From Alexandria to Babylon. Near Eastern Languages and Hellenistic Erudition in the Oxyrhynchus Glossary (P.Oxy. 1802 + 4812), Berlin-New York 2009) and a monograph on book-conventions in rolls and codices containing hexametric poetry (Book-ends, End-titles, Coronides in Papyri with Hexametric Poetry, «American Studies in Papyrology» 48, Durham NC 2010).

Arthur Verhoogt

Professor of Papyrology and Greek
Former Acting Archivist of the Papyrology Collection (2010-2013)

Arthur Verhoogt received his PhD from the University of Leiden in 1997 and joined the University of Michigan in 2001. He specializes in the social, cultural and economic history of Greek and Roman Egypt and is currently working on several Karanis papyri from the U-M collection.

Terry Wilfong

Professor of Egyptology

Curator of Graeco-Roman Egyptian Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Terry Wilfong is curator in charge of Graeco-Roman Egyptian material at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and is particularly interested in the connections between the Kelsey collections and the excavated material in the Papyrology Collection. He frequently incorporates papyri from the Papyrus Collection into his Kelsey Museum exhibitions, most recently for the exhibition "Karanis Revealed." He has published a number of Coptic texts from the collection, and is currently working on several more. In addition, he is also working on the publication of the hieratic funerary papyri in the collection, including the Book of the Dead papyri. 

Associated Graduate Students

Graham Claytor

Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History

Graham's first exposure to papyrology was in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis, where the troves of ostraka found at Amheida (Roman Trimithis) sparked his love for the study of ancient documents. He is currently an editor of the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (DDbDP) and is part of an international project to publish papyri from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Along with Professor Verhoogt and Samantha Lash, Graham is also editing a volume of Michigan papyri from the Karanis granary C123 (P.Mich. XXII).  Graham's dissertation focuses on the well-known, but largely unpublished, threshold papyri of Karanis, which were re-used for a long account detailing activity in the village's writing office.  The document provides a unique insight into state control of rural society, the culture of writing, and social relations in a village of the Roman Empire.

Jonathan McLaughlin

Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History

Past Archivists and Faculty

Traianos Gagos

Years at Michigan: 1988-2010

Archivist of the Papyrology Collection

Professor of Papyrology and Greek

Orsamus Pearl

Years at Michigan: 1938-1978

Professor of Greek

Roger A. Pack

Years at Michigan: 1938-1975

Professor of Greek and Latin

Herbert C. Youtie

Years at Michigan: 1929-1975

Research Professor of Papyrology

Louise C. Youtie

Years at Michigan: 1934-1996

Unofficial Overseer of the Papyrology Collection

Elinor M. Husselman

Years at Michigan: 1925-1965

Curator of Manuscripts and Papyri

Curator of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Arthur E.R. Boak

Years at Michigan: 1914-1958

Professor of History

John Winter

Years at Michigan: 1906-1951

Professor of Latin Language and Literature

Director of the Museum of Archaeology

William H. Worrell

Years at Michigan: 1908-1910, 1925-1949

Professor of Semitics

Campbell Bonner

Years at Michigan: 1907-1946

Professor of Classical Studies, Greek

Henry Sanders

Years at Michigan: 1893-1938

Professor and Chair of Speech, Phonetics and General Linguistics

Professor of Latin

Francis W. Kelsey

Years at Michigan 1889-1927

Professor of Classical Studies, Latin Language and Literature

 

 

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