Dr. Brandon McDonaldLehrbeauftragter
Assistent / PostDoc
Assistent / PostDoc
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 2022||Archaeological Campaign, Bathonea/Küçükçekmece, Turkey|
|May – June 2022||Ice-coring Campaign, Tunu Region, Greenland|
|Summer 2019||Archaeological Campaign, Aphrodisias, Turkey|
|Summer 2018||Archaeological Campaign, Aeclanum, Italy|
|June 2018 – July 2018||Pottery Analysis, Pollena Trocchia, Italy|
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 Antiquity: Ancient 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.
(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) 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”.
Climate, Environment, and Pandemics in the Roman Period. (Conversion of D. Phil. dissertation to a monograph).
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.