Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Ancient Near Eastern & Roman Archaeologist and Anthropologist
Website URL
Isis, Serapis, Archaeology, Hellenistic, Roman
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Personal Info

About Me
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology with a minor in Early Church History from Andrews University (Berrien Springs). She holds an M.A. in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, where her concentration in Intercultural Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies while minoring in Biblical Studies took her research abroad where she fell in love with archaeology. She obtained a B.A. in Business Management & Psychology from DePaul University and a paralegal certification from Southern Colorado University. She held a successful paralegal career for over sixteen years prior to moving into academia.
Throughout Dr. Laughlin’s doctoral program, she expanded her course load with ancient languages, classical, Roman, and architectural studies from the American Academy of Rome, Columbia University, and Yale University. Her research has awarded her unique ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological, and excavation opportunities in Australia, North Africa, Greece, Haiti, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Italy (Naples, Rome, Sicily, Tivoli), and Turkey. Although her research on ancient religions east and west of the Mediterranean encompasses all archaeological time periods, she elucidates her research to the Hellenistic and Roman periods (330BC-500AD). In doing so, she has honed her interests of: ancient esoteric and polytheistic religions, ancient peoples, ethno-archaeology, ethno-history, historical archaeology, and ancient Greek & Roman architecture.
Recent Publications

Dr. Laughlin’s research and publications are on AcademiaORCID, and Research Gate.


  • Laughlin, V. A. (2020/2021) The Appropriation of the Hellenistic-Egyptian Cult of Serapis: A Multi-Disciplinary Study Focusing on Augustus, Nero, Hadrian. *Dissertation pending publication*
JOURNALS (peer reviewed):
  • Laughlin, V. A. (2016) The Architectural Patronage and Political Prowess of Herod The Great. JAHA 3.2: 13-24.
  • Laughlin, V. A. (2015) A Brief Overview of al Jinn within Islamic Cosmology and Religiosity. JAMS 11: 67-78.
  • Laughlin, V. A. (2014) The Buddha and The Christ: Looking at Jesus through Buddhist Eyes. JAMS 10: 78-87.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Egypt, Southern Levant, Greece, England, and Italy
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, England, Mediterranean, Middle East, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Politics, Race, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Slavery