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Post - doctoral fellows

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Federico Ugolini received a PhD in Roman Archaeology from King’s College London. His research interests include ancient harbour archaeology, with a focus on the Adriatic region. He is particularly interested in Roman harbours, shipwrecks and seafarings, as well as ancient iconography and antiquarian reception. More recently he investigated the dynamics of iconographies and visual receptions of maritime cityscapes in the Mediterranean and their symbolic meaning in antiquity, which is the topic of his monograph ‘Visualizing Harbours in the Classical World. Iconography and Representation around the Mediterranean’, published by Bloomsbury. He was research associate at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, and staff member of the Portus Project excavation. During his research fellowship at the HCMH, Federico will work on Hadriaticum, a study of the port system of the Northern Adriatic basin and its network of coastal and rural settlements in the Roman period (200 BCE - 300 CE).

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Umberto Signori holds a doctorate in Early Modern History from the University of Milan. He was formerly a fellow at the Italian Institute for Historical Studies (Naples) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His work explores issues of mobility, diplomacy, protection, and procedures of identification in the early modern Mediterranean from a perspective centered on the rights claimed by foreigners. His interests focus on several Mediterranean polities, including the Republic of Venice, the Kingdom of Naples, and the Ottoman Empire.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the HCMH, Umberto plans to focus on editing a manuscript on the claims of protection made by migrants in the eastern Mediterranean who would have become Venetian consuls. Furthermore, he will be working on several article projects on the ways with which migrants could guarantee their entitlement to rights in both the Ottoman world and the Venetian context.

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Shlomit has received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her dissertation she studied the relationship between political change and material culture and the transition from the Middle Bronze Age to the Late Bronze Age as a test case. She was able to show that significant changes in the material culture occurred only after the southern Levant came under Egyptian rule, following Thutmose III’s campaign in the 15th century BCE.
Shlomit has been a leading staff member of the Tel Hazor excavations since 2007 and has become the co-director of the excavation in 2015.
During her time as a post-doctoral fellow at the HCMH, Shlomit will be working on a project examining ceramic assemblages by focusing on environmental questions. Changes in consumption of storage vessels (quantity, volume and context of their findings) will be examined throughout the third and second millennia BCE and compared to known climate changes.

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Inbar Graiver received her PhD in 2017 from the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation on asceticism and self-transformation in late antiquity was recently published as a book (entitled Asceticism of the Mind: Forms of Attention and Self-Transformation in Late Antiquity) by Toronto University Press. In 2017-2019 she completed a postdoctoral research at Humboldt University, Berlin, and is currently teaching at the History Department at Ben-Gurion University. Her current research is devoted to the late antique and early medieval roots of Western psychology.


Meir Edrey has received his PhD from the department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, in 2016. His dissertation, titled 'The Phoenicians in the Eastern Mediterranean During the Iron Age I-III, ca. 1200-332 BCE: Ethnicity and Identity in Light of the Material Culture', dealt extensively with the Phoenician culture in the southern Levant with a special focus on expressions of religion and cult. Since then, he has expanded his interest of the Phoenicians to the western Mediterranean as well. He is currently working on material from Kabri, Achziv and other sites along the Levantine coast. 


I started my professional life by creating video games. I was a teacher of game design and development at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the head of the “Video Games Design Program” at the Midrasha School of Arts, Beit-Berl College for seven years. Between 2011 and 2017, I put my career aside and dedicated myself fully to doctoral studies at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies in Tel-Aviv University. I recently completed several years of research in Italy on the subject of Venetian Shipping. Beside theoretical research, I sail the Mediterranean in my boat Bellatrix. My research is thus based on historical sources, practical experience and the use of new technologies.




Anna received her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation, awarded the Hans Wiener Prize, examined urban development in Frankish Jerusalem, particularly focusing on its underlying socio-economic mechanisms. She was formerly a post-doctoral fellow at the Zvi-Yavetz school of Historical studies at Tel-Aviv University.

Anna is a member of the team leading the Revised Regesta Regni Hierosolymitani project, an online open resource providing access to a new translated edition of the extant documents from the Latin East.

During her time as a post-doctoral fellow at the HCMC, Anna will be working on a project examining the influence of urbanization processes on social cohesion in the Medieval Mediterranean between the 11th and 13th centuries. 


Chiara Maria Mauro got a MA in Classical Archaeology at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2012 with a dissertation on Phoenician seafaring in the Archaic period. In 2014, she completed a Master in Teaching History, Geography and History of Art at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). In 2016, she obtained a PhD in Studies on the Ancient World from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), with a thesis on Archaic and Classical Harbours across the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Part of the Ionian Sea; from September 2015 until December 2015, she was Visiting Research Student at the University Alma Mater (Bolonia, Italy). In October 2017, she was awarded with an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on a project entitled "Ancient Harbours in the Greek World: A study of Aegean and Ionian sea harbours from the dawn of the city-state to the Classical Period", under the mentorship of Prof. Dr. De Souza.

 She published various papers on harbours, shipwrecks and sailing in the Archaic and Classical Mediterranean. She is currently working on a monograph on harbours in the Greek world, which is expected to be published in 2019.  


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Dr. Cohen, completed B.A and M.A in history at Tel Aviv University. The Ph.D dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Elchanan Reiner at The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, examined the cultural spaces of the 18th century emissary Rabbi, Chaim Yosef David Azulai (HIDA).

Research Topic: Rabbinic Emissaries and Wanderers as Transmitters of Knowledge in the Early Modern Mediterranean Basin


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Dr. Katz, recently received her Ph.D. for her thesis on twelfth-century secular architecture in Norman Sicily in the Department of History of Art at the University of Toronto.  Her extensive doctoral research in Palermo was supported by a Fulbright Award and a Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship. Further research areas include Crusader Jerusalem and the formation of medieval and Islamic art collections in Western Europe. Recent published work is on the exhibition of Islamic art in the nineteenth-century Museo Nazionale in Palermo, published in the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz.

During her time as a post-doctoral fellow at the HCMH, she will be preparing a manuscript on the royal parklands outside the medieval city of Palermo. A lost landscape of the medieval Mediterranean, the scope of the project includes a study of the relationship between the built environment and its surroundings as well as sources of water. Other work pursued at the Center is on the geographer al-Idrisi’s geographical treatise completed in the Norman court in Palermo known as the Tabula Rogeriana. A shorter study is a reinterpretation of the circumstances around the creation of Peter of Eboli’s epic poem, Liber ad honorem Augusti sive de rebus Siculis.