About Shawn Graham

Shawn GrahamI am  was a Registered Professional Archaeologist in North America (I think I’ve forgotten to pay my dues of late), and I was a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (formerly, Institute of Field Archaeologists) in the UK from 2004-2009. I am now Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of History at Carleton University. I’m on twitter as @electricarchaeo

My archaeological work has been with the British School at Rome and other collaborators in the UK (I am, amongst other things, a specialist in Roman stamped brick), and the National Capital Commission in Ottawa (Heritage Inventory of Gatineau Park). I was the first Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Roman Archaeology at the University of Manitoba. I earned my PhD from the University of Reading in 2002 (in 2003/4 I played in the Men’s South of England Lacrosse League for the Reading Wildcats. Go Wildcats go!)

The blog part of this website concerns my interest in digital media for teaching, learning, and research in history and archaeology; other parts contain Netlogo agent based simulations of various aspects of Roman history and archaeology (part of my post doc research), and some of my experiments in historical scenario-building for commercial games. I’m always happy to chat with students, colleagues, or interested lay-people on any of these topics, so if you have any questions please do drop me a line!

I also contribute to Play the Past. My google scholar page is here. In 2016 I was named a Careton University Teaching Fellow, and I was recipient of the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award. I teach in the public history and digital humanities programmes at Carleton (I’m also cross-appointed to Greek and Roman Studies). If you’re interested in doing an MA or PhD with me, get in touch.

I always welcome email from interested folks: shawn / dot / graham /at/ carleton /dot/ ca.

Short CV:
2004 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Roehampton University UK. Dissertation: “Using the Oral Examination to Improve Undergraduates’ Success”

2002 PhD, Archaeology, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading UK.
Thesis: “Ex Figlinis: The Complex Dynamics of the Roman Brick Industry in the Tiber Valley During the 1st to 3rd Centuries AD”. Janet DeLaine, Michael Fulford, supervisors; Martin Millett, Cambridge, External Examiner

1998 MA with Distinction, City of Rome, Department of Classics, Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences, University of Reading UK. Dissertation: “’Satisfied with a Knowledge of the Totals’: Labouring to Build the Claudian Aqueducts of Rome”. Janet DeLaine, Ray Laurence, supervisors; Margareta Steinby, Oxford, External Examiner

1997 BA Hons. Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario


2014- Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of History, Carleton University Ottawa Canada

2010-2014 Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of History, Carleton University Ottawa Canada

2009/10 Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Faculty Specialist in the Department of Faculty Training and Development, Grand Canyon University

2005/10 University of Manitoba, Distance Education (Classics)

2007/9 Content Reviewer, CEGEP @ Distance (College Rosemont), Montreal, Quebec. (online course design in the Humanities)

2006/8 Acting Assistant Dean, Robert Welch University, Appleton Wisconsin (online learning)

2006/8 Research Assistant with Dr. Kevin Kee, ‘Simulating History Project’, Centre for Digital Humanities, Brock University

2006/7 Teacher, Leading English Education and Resource Network, Shawville Quebec (online learning)

2004/5 Teacher, Pontiac High School, Western Quebec School Board

2003/4 Visiting Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Roehampton UK

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