Hellenic Studies Professorship in Mediterranean and Aegean Societies and Cultures

The Hellenic Studies Professorship in Mediterranean and Aegean Societies and Cultures was made possible through the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. In addition to attracting and supporting a faculty member with demonstrated research excellence, or the clear promise thereof, the professorship supports the research and outreach mission of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at SFU.

Sabrina Higgins

Dr. Higgins joined Simon Fraser University and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies as the inaugural holder of the Hellenic Studies Professorship in Mediterranean and Aegean Societies and Cultures in September 2016 at the rank of Assistant Professor. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from UBC. Her research on the cult of the Virgin Mary in Late Antique Egypt represents an innovative multidisciplinary synthesis of both textual and material sources.

Current projects

The Digital Mary Project

Dr. Higgins is currently collaborating with Dr. Niki Tsitornis, Senior Researcher, Institute of Historical Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, on a digital humanities project called the Digital Mary Project supported by a Digital Humanities Innovation Lab Partnership Grant. The project is collecting and digitizing all known visual materials relating to the Virgin from the Mediterranean in the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods.