Jennifer Gates-Foster received her B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. (Greek, Classical Archaeology) and Ph.D. (Classical Art and Archaeology) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation on the road systems of the Egyptian Eastern Desert in the Ptolemaic Period won a distinguished dissertation award. Before joining the department in the fall of 2013, she held the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellowship at Darwin College, Cambridge (2005-7) and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin (2007-13). She has spent a year as a residential Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. (2011-12) and was the recipient of a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Research Grant in the same year. She is also a member of the Getty Research group the Arts of Rome’s Provinces.
Her primary research interests are in the art and archaeology of the Near East and Egypt in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Recent publications include articles on Roman pottery in Egypt, ethnicity and identity in Achaemenid art and culture, Roman seal impressions from Karanis, Egypt, and the imagined landscapes of Egypt in the Ptolemaic period. She has also published numerous reviews and articles on the relationship between papyrology, history and archaeology and is at work on the publication of the pottery from the Eastern Desert surveys along with a monograph, the Archaeology of Borderlands in Hellenistic Upper Egypt.
At UNC she has offered a first year seminar on ancient architecture and propaganda (Architecture of Empire CLAS 71) and classes on Roman Sculpture (CLAR 474), Roman Archaeology (CLAR 247) and Archaeological Field Methods (CLAR 411).Her graduate courses include the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, The Ancient Landscape and Identity and Ethnicity in the Ancient World.