Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Roxani Eleni Margariti was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and pursued higher education degrees in the United Kingdom (BA in Western Asiatic Archaeology from University College of London), and the United States (MA in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, 1998; PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, 2002). Her research interests include maritime history and archaeology, Middle Eastern social and economic history, material culture, urban studies, and history of commerce and maritime technology. She has participated in numerous archaeological excavations and surveys in England, Greece, Turkey, Oman and the UAE, including such projects as the underwater excavation of the Bronze Age shipwreck at Ulu Burun, Turkey, and the Traditional Boats of Oman Project. She has served as assistant to the Curator of Islamic and East Asian Coins and Medals at the American Numismatic Society in New York, and as senior assistant and editor of medieval Judeo-Arabic manuscripts in the Friedberg Geniza project at Princeton University’s S.D. Goitein Laboratory for Geniza Research. She teaches a variety of courses, including introductory courses on Middle Eastern history and civilization and specialized seminar courses on medieval Middle Eastern history and material culture. She has given conference papers and lectures in the United States, England, and Greece. Her first book, entitled Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007) is a study of urban topography and commercial institutions at the Yemeni port from the 11th to the 13th century.