Ruth Portes

Ph.D. Candidate in Classics


Ruth is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in the ancient Black Sea Region. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Writing from Johns Hopkins University (2016), and her M.A. in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis University (2018). Her research examines how the convergence of Greek colonization and Achaemenid hegemony during the mid-first millennium BCE transformed the social production of landscape in modern-day Georgia. She has excavated in Spain, Israel, Mongolia, and Georgia, and is a co-founder of the CIAMS Anti-colonialism and Anti-racism (ARCO) Interest Group as well as the Coffee Hour for Classicists of Color. She joined the Classical Archaeology program in 2019.