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Christelle Fischer-Bovet


Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at UC Berkeley, 2008-2010
Assistant Professor of Classics, Univ. of Southern California (starting 2010)
Ph.D. in Ancient History, 2008
Licence ès Lettres (Ancient Greek, History, French), Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Christelle received her Ph.D. in Ancient History in 2008. Her dissertation examined the army in Hellenistic Egypt by drawing on the works of sociologists on state formation. Advised by Joseph Manning, Walter Scheidel, Ian Morris, and Willy Clarysse (Leuven), her study explored the army as a vehicle for land distribution, a provider of group solidarity, and a place of interaction between Greek and Egyptian cultures. Her current research as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley combines documentary evidence (papyri, inscriptions) with social theory to investigate the use of ethnic terminology in the making of administrative categories and individual identity.