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Josephine Shaya

Josephine Shaya

Chair of Classical Studies; Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Classical Studies, Archaeology, Comparative Literature
Phone: 330-263-2624
Office Address: 201 Kauke


  • B.A., Michigan 1988
  • M.A., Michigan 1994
  • Ph.D., Michigan 2002

Courses Taught

  • LAT 200: Intermediate Latin Textual Studies
  • LAT 300: Advanced Latin
  • HIST 203: Roman Civilization
  • Gender in the Ancient World
  • Religion in the Ancient World


Shaya’s articles on the history of early twentieth century archaeology in Palestine and on the Greek temple as a museum have appeared in Leroy Waterman and the University of Michigan’s Excavations at Sepphoris and the American Journal of Archaeology.


Josephine Shaya specializes in Roman history and archaeology, Latin epigraphy, and the history of museums and collecting. She participated in the excavations of the early Christian basilica at Bir Ftouha in Carthage and of the Kenchreai Cemetery outside of Corinth. She has helped prepare exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Carthage, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Her current research focuses on public history in the Roman world.