Christine Johnston

she/her/hers, Assistant Professor

About

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 recently published co-edited volume titled "The Gift of the Nile? Ancient Egypt and the Environment". She also engages in research on cultural heritage protection and the pedagogical value of integrating legacy material collections in the classroom, and is collaborating with WWU graduate students on the Ancient World in 3D project, which 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.

Research Interests

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