Department Chair:
Drew Wilburn

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8084

King Building, Room 105
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Karen Laurence

Karen Laurence

Visiting Assistant Professor and OKUM Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact Information


Rice 8
(440) 775-8390

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Ohio University
  • Master of Arts, University of Georgia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Karen Laurence's research focuses on the religious sanctuaries and festivals of Roman Greece. She studies the changes to the Panhellenic Games in Greece during the Roman period through a study of the non-monumental architecture, infrastructural features, and epigraphic evidence of the four original Panhellenic Games. Her current research looks towards the ways sacred spaces were used in Roman Greece as a means to construct Roman and Greek identities.

Karen was the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies from 2009-10. She is a member of the East Isthmia Archaeological Project, which is undertaking a reexamination of the area east of the temenos of Poseidon at Isthmia.

While at Oberlin, Karen is teaching a course on Greek History in the Fall and one on Sports and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome in the Spring.