- Director of Undergraduate Studies, Archaeology Program
Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's research examines cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Her first book, Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (2011), investigates religious syncretism and cultural hybridity in the domestic sphere through a study of locally-made Egyptianizing terracotta figurines from the Hellenistic site of Delos. She is currently working on a second monograph dealing with "Nilotic scenes" and the Roman reinterpretation of Egyptian religious practices. Prof. Barrett's work has received national and international grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and Sigma Xi, among other sources; and at Cornell, her work has been supported by the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, the Provost's Special Research Fund, the Classics Department Gift Fund, the Affinito-Stewart Fund, the Midas-Croesus Fund, and the Society for the Humanities. In 2014, she received the Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell. She has excavated and surveyed at a range of Bronze Age through early modern sites in Egypt, Greece, and the United States.