Meet the New Faculty of the History Department

Exterior of CHASS' Withers Hall.

The History Department is excited to welcome two new faculty members Tate Paulette and Ebony Jones. 

Tate Paulette

Tate Paulette studies urban food systems in the ancient world. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and an MA from the University of Edinburgh (Archaeology). His research explores agricultural practices, gastro-politics, and state making in the world’s first cities and states, with a focus on Mesopotamia and the Near East. He is also interested in ancient alcohol, and he has spearheaded a collaborative effort to recreate Sumerian beer using authentic ingredients, equipment, and brewing techniques. Paulette has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Scotland, and the US, and he has just completed the first season of a new field project at the site of Makounta Voules in western Cyprus. His teaching focuses on agricultural history, food, urbanism, and the ancient world.

Paulette’s recent publications include an article that highlights the fundamental importance of pigs in Early Bronze Age Mesopotamia, a book chapter that explores the connection between grain storage and state making in Mesopotamia, and a blog post that summarizes the evidence for beer and brewing in Mesopotamia. He is currently working on an article that provides a detailed account of his experimental brewing efforts and another article that focuses on the transformative power of beer in Bronze Age Mesopotamia. He is also working on two book projects: one that uses the archaeological evidence for grain storage to reconsider the scope and the scale of state power in early Mesopotamia and another that examines the material culture of beer and brewing in cross-cultural perspective.

Ebony Jones

Ebony Jones was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she also worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for ten years before deciding on graduate school in the humanities. She studied history at New York University where she completed her Ph.D. in 2017 and was a 2015-17 Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. 

Ebony’s research and teaching interests are in the histories of Atlantic world slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and imperial crime and punishment. Her current book project, ‘Dangerous Characters: Transportation as Punishment and Atlantic World Slavery” explores the use of transportation as a form of discipline and punishment for enslaved women and men convicted and sentenced by slave courts in the British Caribbean. “Dangerous Characters” critically examines the relationship between slavery, criminality, commodification, and freedom across the black Atlantic world.  


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