Elaine A. Sullivan

User Elaine A. Sullivan

User History Undergraduate Program Director


User easulliv@ucsc.edu

Humanities Division

History Undergraduate Program Director
Associate Professor


Anthropology Department
Classical Studies
Archaeological Research Center


Humanities Building 1

Spring Quarter 2022: by appointment only, remote (via Zoom), please email in advance to set up meeting time

Humanities Academic Services


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.

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

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