Dr. Brandon McDonald
Lehrbeauftragter
Assistent / PostDoc
Brandon McDonald
Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Altertumswissenschaften
Zentrale Dienste

Lehrbeauftragter

Departement Altertumswissenschaften
Zentrale Dienste
Petersgraben 51
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 24 07
brandon.mcdonald@unibas.ch


Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
Departement Altertumswissenschaften
Fachbereich Alte Geschichte

Assistent / PostDoc

Petersgraben 51
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 24 07
brandon.mcdonald@unibas.ch

Research Interests

Roman History & Archaeology, Environmental History, Ancient Economy, Historical Epidemiology, Palaeoclimatology, Urbanism, History of Water Management, Roman Anatolia, Greek & Roman Egypt

Feb 2021 – Present

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Ancient Civilizations, University of Basel

Jan 2020 – March 2020

Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford

Oct 2017 – Jan 2021

D. Phil, Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford
Dissertation: Climate change and major plagues in the Roman period
(Supervisor: Andrew Wilson)

Oct 2015 – July 2017

M. Phil, Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford
Thesis: Climate Change and the Antonine Plague

Sept 2012 – May 2015

BA, Department of History, Columbia University
Senior thesis: An Evolution of Roman Agricultural Exploitation in the Provinces 201 BCE-117 CE

Summer 2022Archaeological Campaign, Bathonea/Küçükçekmece, Turkey
May – June 2022Ice-coring Campaign, Tunu Region, Greenland
Summer 2019Archaeological Campaign, Aphrodisias, Turkey
Summer 2018Archaeological Campaign, Aeclanum, Italy
June 2018 – July 2018Pottery Analysis, Pollena Trocchia, Italy
Articles

McDonald, B. T. 2021. “The Antonine Crisis: Climate Change as a Trigger for Epidemiological and Economic Turmoil,” in P. Erdkamp, J. Manning, and K. Verboven (eds.) Climate and Ancient Societies in Europe and the Near East: Diversity in Collapse and Resilience, Palgrave Macmillan.

(Accepted, forthcoming) McDonald, B. T. 2022. “The Justinianic Plague in the Southern Levant: Evidence Suggests the Pandemic was the Dominant Causal Factor of Societal Decline in the Late Antique Levant”, in L. Hitchcock, A. Jamieson, and C. Tully (eds.) Plague in AntiquityAncient Near Eastern Studies Supplement, Peeters.

(Accepted, Forthcoming) McDonald, B. T. 2022. “Climate Change and the Antonine Plague,” in R. Arnott and R. Breitwieser (eds.) Disease and the Ancient World: Proceedings of an International Symposium held at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, on 21-23 September 2017, Oxbow Books.


Reviews

(Accepted, forthcoming) McDonald, B. T. 2023, "Review of K. Harper, Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History", Journal of Late Antiquity, John Hopkins University Press.


Submitted Articles

(Submitted) Huebner, S. R. and McDonald, B. T. 2022. "Egypt as a Gateway for Ancient Pandemics into the Mediterranean".

(Submitted) McDonald, B. T. 2022. “Crisis before the "Crisis"? Egypt's Eastern Desert in the Middle Roman Imperial Period”.


In-progress monographs

Climate, Environment, and Pandemics in the Roman Period. (Conversion of D. Phil. dissertation to a monograph).


In-progress articles

Korom, S. and McDonald, B. T. “The Medical File of Alexander the Great”.

Wilson, A. I., McDonald, B. T., and Papaconstantinou, A. “Climate Change and the Justinianic Plague”.

McDonald, B. T. "Review of K. Harper, Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History", Journal of Late Antiquity, John Hopkins University Press.