Walter D. Ward
Dr. Walter D. Ward joined the department in the fall of 2010 after teaching stints at Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, and UCLA (including two summers teaching in Rome, Italy).
Dr. Ward studies the history and archaeology of the Mediterranean/Near East during antiquity and the early medieval period, with a primary focus on the role of the Roman Empire in the Middle East. His current research explores early Christian monasticism and monastic interactions with nomadic populations in the Sinai. Dr. Ward has extensive experience living in the Middle East as both a researcher and archaeologist. He plans to organize a Study Away trip to Jordan in the near future. He recently co-wrote a primary source textbook, Sources for World Societies, for world history survey classes.
- BS History/ BA Chemistry - North Carolina State University
- MA History - North Carolina State University
- MA/PhD History - UCLA
Ancient History, Rome in the Middle East, Early Christianity, Early Islam
World History, Ancient History, Early Medieval History
HY 104 - World History to 1600 CE
HY 218/318 - Roman Empire
HY 453 - Clash of Civilizations?
HY 651 - Seminar in Pre-Modern World History: From Alexander to Mohammad
Recent Publications and Current Work:
- Inventing the pre-Islamic Saracen “Other”: Monastic and Saracen Identity Formation in the Sinai Peninsula from Constantine to Mohammad (In Progress)
- "‘In the province recently called Palestine Salutaris’: Provincial changes in Palestine and Arabia in the late third and fourth centuries C.E." (Submitted for Publication).
- Review of Joonas Sipliä (2009). The Reorganisation of Provincial Territories in Light of the Imperial Decision-Making Process: Late Roman Arabia and Tres Palaestinae as Case Studies. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, no. 358. (In Press)
- Co-author of Sources of World Societies a primary source companion to Mckay, et al. A History of World Societies. Bedford/Saint Martin’s Press. (2009)
- Review of Z. Fiema and J. Frösén (eds.) 2008. Petra – The Mountain of Aaron I: The Church and the Chapel. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.07.57. (2009) Accessible at: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-07-57.html
- “Early Christian Pilgrimages, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Red Sea,” pp. 187-194 in Blue, L, Cooper, J, Thomas, R, and J. Whiteright (eds.). 2009. Connected Hinterlands: Proceedings of the Red Sea Project IV British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2052. Oxford: Archaeopress.