David Frank Graf


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Professor David Graf received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  He is an ancient historian and archeologist specializing of the Greco-Roman world in the Levant and Arabia, Co-editor of the multi-volume Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992), he is the author of Rome and Its Arabian Frontier from the Nabataeans to the Saracens (1997) and more than 130 scholarly articles.  He has excavated in Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. and is currently directing excavations in the ancient Nabataean-Roman city of Petra in Jordan. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Saudi Arabia (2003),  a recipient of the Provost's Award for Scholarly Activity (2008), a NEH fellow in Jordan (2014), and is a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton.  This past year, he was the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. His most recent publication is  on“The Silk Road between Syria and China,”  in Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World, volume 3 of  The Oxford Roman Economy Project.



1979Ph.D. History Department University of Michigan
1975 Department of Near Eastern Languages The University of Michigan
1970B.D. McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
1965B.A. Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas

Professional Experience

2004 - Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami
2001 - 2003Director, Program in Classical Antiquity, University of Miami
1995 - 2003Professor, Department of History, University of Miami
1990 - 1995Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Miami
1986 - 1990Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Miami
1983 - 1984Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, Montana State University
1982 - 1983Visiting Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of Michigan

Honors & Acknowledgements

Member, School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2008)
Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity
University of Miami (2008)
Lady Davis Fellowship
Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2007)
Sterling Dow Fellowship
at the Center for Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies, in the Department of Greek and Latin, Ohio State University (2004, 2006).
William Fulbright Scholar Award for Saudi Arabia
Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
Visiting Scholar, Selwyn College, Cambridge University
(summer 2001)
Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
(life-time member; chapter president, 1997-98)
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Grant
NEH Summer Research Grant
Senior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Visiting Scholar (Summer), Wolfson College, Oxford
Max Orovitz Research Grants, University of Miami
(1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994)
General Research Support Grants, University of Miami
(1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994)
Dorot Foundation, New York
(1986, 1987)
US Information Agency Grant for Instruction in the Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan
(Summer, 1988)
NEH Fellow, American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan

Research Projects

Director, Joint Saudi-Amerrican Jurash (Asir) Project,” (2008- )
Director, “Hellenistic Petra Project:, Jordan (2004-2007)
Director, “Eastern Desert Epigraphical Survey,” Jordan, 1996-2000.
Director, Roman Road Project, Jordan, 1986-1995.
Epigrapher, Zeugma Archaeological Project (Turkey), Director D. Kennedy, 1993.
Survey Staff, Myos Hormos Project (Egypt), Directed by S. E. Sidebotham, l987.
Excavations, Tel Anafa (Galilee), Director S. Herbert, University of Michigan, 1981.
Excavations, Baq'a Valley (Jordan), Director P. McGovern, University of Pennsylvania, 1980.
Director, Hisma Survey (Jordan), NEH/ASOR Fellow, Amman, Jordan 1978-80.


David Graf Rome and Its Arabian Frontier from the Nabataeans to the Saracens (Hampshire, Ashgate Publishing Company. 1998).

David Graf "Royal Road" Encyclopedia of Ancient History

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