Sabrina Higgins

Assistant Professor
Humanities and Archaeology

Areas of interest

Late Antique Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Marian Studies, Religious Transformation, Sacred Landscapes, Church History, Early Christianity, Gender and Agency Theory, Late Antique Monasticism, Eastern Christianity, Material Culture of Religion


  • PhD, Religious Studies, University of Ottawa
  • MA, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of British Columbia
  • BA (honours), Classics and Relgious Studies, Univeristy of Ottawa


I am field archaeologist and art historian cross appointed between the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Archaeology. My work is inherently multidisciplinary, intersecting the fields of Late Antique Studies, Archaeology, Religious Studies, Art History, Papyrology, and Gender Studies. At present, my research is largely situated in the field of Marian studies, specifically the ways in which we can use material culture to understand the development and spread of the early cult of the Virgin Mary. More broadly, I am also interested in the ways in which art and space interact within Late-Antique Christianity religious structures and the manner in which art is used by socially-marginalized populations to exert agency.


Future courses may be subject to change.