SF State Pre-Doctoral Honorable Mention
Deborah Morgan, Classical Archeology graduate student
Deborah K. Morgan is an award-winning artist with a background in art history and metallurgy. An undergraduate in Classical Archaeology with a minor in Anthropology, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern studies, drawing on her background in art, art history, archaeology, and anthropology. Her research interests are on the relationship between institutionalized violence, religion and cult in the ancient world, with a focus on the role of women. Her faculty sponsor, Classics Professor Dr. Michael Anderson, directs SF State's Via Consolare Project in Pompeii, Italy, where she interned in the summer 2010 archaeological field season. She has served as Media Officer of the University's Classics Students Association, and contributed a research paper on Egyptian votive bronzes to the Sutro Egyptian Collection and the Museum of Ancient Civilizations. Deborah is a re-entry student who took time off from her secondary education to raise her daughter, who is now in college. After completing her Ph.D., Deborah hopes to teach at the college level, participate in field work and research, and be associated with a museum educational program geared towards promoting archaeology and history to the general public. She works seasonally at an African wildlife preserve in Sonoma County leading private animal encounters and educational tours for children and adults. She enjoys photography, traveling, hiking, sustainable gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Update: In 2013 Deborah served as a volunteer Exhibit Installation Manager for We Are Still Here, a commemorative exhibit on the 40th anniversary of the historic 19-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island.