Joseph Morgan

Postdoctoral Scholar
Image of Joe Morgan in a forest in Vermont
205K Dodd Hall

Joseph Morgan (Joe) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Classics at FSU, having previously completed his graduate work in Yale’s combined program in Classics and History. His research embraces the social and economic history of the Hellenistic Mediterranean with a particular focus on the interface between environment and society in the rural communities of the Nile Valley. His dissertation examines the ramifications of administrative reform for networks of local power relations in Egypt under the Ptolemaic dynasty (r. 305-30 BCE). His research hinges on the construction of a geospatial model of provincial administration as it was instantiated across disparate geographical contexts and moments in time in the papyrological record. By reconstructing fragmentary person-to-person networks, Joe locates provincial administrators at critical bottlenecks in the web of power relations that constrained individual agency in ancient communities. In addition to his core research project, Joe is undertaking the reevaluation of unprovenanced papyrological hoards acquired in Middle Egypt by European and American collectors in the first quarter of the 20th century and linking them to documents obtained from secure archaeological contexts. This more technical project is already yielding new insights into ancient archival practices and private economy during the first century of Ptolemaic rule. Joe is also involved in the collection and analysis of historical data for the Volcanism, Climate, and Social Conflict project (otherwise known as the Yale Nile Initiative) funded by the National Science Foundation.