I am an assistant director at the Chicago Center for Teaching. My research examines the strategies of legitimation used by the Armenian dynasts of the Hellenistic and Roman periods to create and perpetuate their authority in the context of the shifting sociopolitical relations within Armenia and with its neighbors. The research interrogates the processes of legitimation by investigating the rulers’ textual and material narratives on coins and inscriptions, and also their spatial practices and dialectical interaction with the landscape. I hold a joint Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s History and Anthropology Departments. I have an M.A. from the University of Chicago, where I also teach in the College. My B.A. came from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am a member of the Joint Armenian-American Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS), information about which can be found here: http://aragats.arts.cornell.edu/ .
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I can be reached at: egafagan [at] gmail [dot] com.