Faculty Directory

Elaine A. Sullivan
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Anthropology Department, Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Center, Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA)
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 236
  • Office Hours Fall quarter: Fridays 12:30-2:30PM in Humanities; 9/29 on ZOOM only (please email for link); no office hours 10/6 or 10/13 when I am in Egypt
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Egyptology; Archaeology; Digital Humanities; Virtual Reality, Immersive, and Augmented Reality Environments; Ancient World / Classics; History
  • Courses History 050: When Pharaohs Reigned: The History of Ancient Egypt, HIS 051: Pyramids of Earth, History 159A: Cleopatra to Constantine: Greek and Roman Egypt, History 189: @history: Doing History in a Digital Age, History 159B: Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt, History 159C: Temple and City: The Egyptian New Kingdom and the City of Thebes, History 159D: When Cities were New: the Rise of Urbanism in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, History 194S: Who Owns the Past?: Object Lives in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, HIS 208: An Introduction to Digital Humanities (Graduate Class)

Research Interests

Research interests include landscape, temples and ritual sites, women and gender, and the use of digital toolkits in historical research.

Biography, Education and Training


Dr. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist. Her work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. She acts as the project coordinator of the Digital Karnak Project, a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak.  She is project director of 3D Saqqara, which harnesses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies and 3D modeling to explore the ritual and natural landscape of the famous cemetery of Saqqara through both space and time. 

Her field experience in Egypt includes five seasons of excavation with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor), as well as four seasons in the field with a UCLA project in the Egyptian Fayum, at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis.

Because of a broad interest in the history and material culture of the larger ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds, she has also excavated at sites in Syria, Italy and Israel. Dr. Sullivan received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from Johns Hopkins University. Her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in History is from Duke University.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology, 2022

American Historical Association (AHA)  Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Publication Awardee, 2018-2019

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Awardee, 2015-2016

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2012-2013

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), National Lecture Program speaker, 2012-2013

UC Chancellor's Award for Post-Doctoral Scholarship, 2010

ARCE Dissertation Fellowship, 2005

Selected Publications