This course is designed for History majors writing theses on ancient topics. The first several class meetings will cover historical research questions and methods as practiced by ancient historians today, as students develop their ideas about their topics. Students will then pursue their research and writing with the help of one-on-one meetings with the instructor. The class will meet as a group again toward the end of the semester so that students can share results and participate in a collaborative draft workshop that will produce valuable feedback for improving and completing the thesis.
Randall Souza is returning to Berkeley after teaching at universities in the northeast for the past two years. He received his Ph.D. from the graduate group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology in 2014, writing a dissertation on the relationship between human mobility and concepts of citizenship in ancient Sicily. That material is now the subject of a book in progress, The first Sicilians: mobility, migration, and belonging in Classical and Hellenistic Sicily. He is interested generally in how demographic change affects group dynamics, and how identity is performed and perceived; he looks for evidence in literary accounts but also in contemporary documents like inscriptions and coins, and in other material culture. To that end he has worked as an archaeologist on Sicily since 2011 and for the past three years as Field Supervisor for the Contrada Agnese Project at Morgantina. He can be reached via email at randallsouza(at)berkeley.edu.