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Josephine Crawley Quinn

Josephine Crawley Quinn
Academic background
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
University of California, Berkeley
ThesisImperialism and Culture in North Africa: The Hellenistic and Early Roman Eras
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford

Josephine Crawley Quinn is an historian and archaeologist, working across Greek, Roman and Phoenician history. Quinn is a Professor of Ancient History in the Faculty of Classics and Martin Frederiksen Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Worcester College, University of Oxford.[1]


Quinn obtained a BA in Classics in 1996 from Wadham College, Oxford.[2] She then obtained an MA (1998) and PhD (2003) in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] In 2001-2002 she was the Ralegh Radford Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome.[2] In 2003-2004 she was a College Lecturer in Ancient History at St John's College, and she has been at Worcester College since 2004.[2] In 2008 she was a visiting scholar at the Getty Villa.[3]

Quinn is co-director of the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies,[4] and co-director of the Tunisian-British Excavations at Utica, Tunisia with Andrew Wilson and Elizabeth Fentress.[2][5]

Between 2006 and 2011, Quinn served as the editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome.

Quinn won the Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Humanities in 2009.[6] She has published numerous articles and two co-edited volumes, the Hellenistic West, and The Punic Mediterranean.[2] In 2018 Quinn published the monograph In Search of the Phoenicians, described as a pioneering and exhilarating volume,[7] which argues that the idea of the Phoenicians as a distinct, self-identifying group, is a modern invention.[8] The book was awarded the Society for Classical Studies Goodwin Award of Merit in 2019.[9]

Quinn contributes to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books, and has appeared on BBC Radio Three and Four.[10]

Personal life

Quinn is the daughter of the former MEP Christine Crawley, Baroness Crawley.

Selected publications

  • Quinn, J.C. 2010. The reinvention of Lepcis. In Bollettino di Archeologia ON LINE. Roma 2008 - International Congress of Classical Archaeology Meetings Between Cultures in the Ancient Mediterranean.
  • Quinn, J. and Wilson, A. 2013. Capitolia. Journal of Roman Studies 103: 117–173.
  • Quinn, J.C., McLynn, N, Kerr and R.M., Hadas, D. 2014. Augustine's Canaanities. Papers of the British School at Rome 82: 175–197.
  • Quinn, J.C. and Vella, N.C. 2014. The Punic Mediterranean: Identities and Identification from Phoenician Settlement to Roman Rule. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Quinn, J.C. 2017. Translating empire from Carthage to Rome. Classical Philology 112(3): 312–331.
  • Quinn, J. 2018. In Search of the Phoenicians. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History Bloomsbury Press, 2024


  1. ^ "Professor Josephine Crawley Quinn | Faculty of Classics". Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Dr Josephine Crawley Quinn | Faculty of Classics". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ The J. Paul Getty Trust (2007). The J. Paul Getty Trust 2007 Report (PDF). Los Angeles.
  4. ^ "Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies". Archived from the original on 29 October 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Utica". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. ^ Josephine., Quinn (2017). In Search of the Phoenicians. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp. xxv. ISBN 9781400889112. OCLC 1017004243.
  7. ^ Butler, John (22 June 2018). ""In Search of the Phoenicians" by Josephine Quinn". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  8. ^ Bowersock, G. W. (28 June 2018). "Rootless Cosmopolitans". The New York Review of Books. ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  9. ^ "2019 Goodwin Award Winners". Society for Classical Studies. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Josephine Quinn | TORCH". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
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