Dr. Sabrina Higgins

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Late Antique Egypt; Marian Studies; Early Christian Architecture; Religious Transformation; Sacred Landscapes; Greco-Roman Religions; Byzantine Art and Monastic Archaeology


  • Ph.D, Religious Studies, University of Ottawa
  • MA, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, University of British Columbia
  • BA (Honours), Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa


Sabrina C. Higgins joined the Hellenic Studies Program in the Fall of 2016. She holds an Honours BA in Classics and Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from UBC and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral dissertation examined the physical materialization of the cult of the Virgin Mary in Late Antique Egypt through an analysis of the intersection of the papyrological/epigraphical, archaeological and visual remains associated with her cult, a project which she is currently working into her first monograph. She is also an active field archaeologist, who has excavated in Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Publications (Articles)

S.C. Higgins and M. Daniels, 'Alternate Academics: Moving beyond the Academy', Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 3 (2015) 238-46.

'Riding into Late Antiquity: A Thracian Rider Relief from Golemo Gradiste, Konjuh', in M. Rakocija (ed.), Nis and Byzantium: The Collection of Scientific Works 11 (Nis, 2013) 173-86.

'Divine Mothers: The Influence of Isis on the Virgin Mary in Egyptian Lactans-Iconography', Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 3-4 (2012) 71-90.