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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Christine Johnston

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Archaeology, Cotsen Institute, UCLA, 2016

M.A., Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, UBC, 2010

B.Comm, UBC, 2006

(360) 650-2062

Winter: Wednesday 3–4 pm and by appt. (email for Zoom meeting ID)

Current Courses


HIST 490 – Ancient Mediterranean Economy

HIST 499 – Capstone Seminar


HIST 151 – Communities of Ancient World

HIST 312 – History of Ancient Greece

Christine Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Mediterranean History. Her research focuses on the cultures and history of the Ancient Mediterranean world, particularly on economic exchange and cross-cultural interaction. She employs historical, anthropological, and network methodology to examine political economy and exchange systems in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the roles of non-institutional actors and extra-palatial trade networks. Her current research projects examine changes in production communities during periods of sociopolitical change in Western Cyprus, and analyze the relationship between political and economic institutions and the distribution of imported goods in both Cyprus and Egypt. In addition to the study of political economy, she is active in research on environmental and climate change in Ancient Egypt with colleagues form the University of British Columbia, with a forthcoming co-edited volume. She also engages in research on cultural heritage protection and the pedagogical value of integrating legacy material collections in the classroom, and is working on a project with WWU graduate students that explores strategies of increasing classroom accessibility through the incorporation of 3D printed objects.

Dr. Johnston is also a co-founder and video producer for Peopling the Past, a new digital humanities initiative launched in Fall 2020. Peopling the Past produces and hosts open-access multi-media resources for teaching and learning about real people in the ancient world and the real people who study them.

Faculty Research Interests

Ancient Mediterranean History; Trade and Political Economy; Cultural Heritage; Environmental History; Digital Humanities; Public History

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