Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BS University of Wisconsin, La Crosse; MA University of Arkansas; PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Amy Karoll is an archaeologist who specializes in the landscapes of the eastern Mediterranean during the late third millennium BCE. She predominately focuses on how people interacted with their environment by utilizing methodologies from various fields with an emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through analyzing ancient settlement locations and how populations shift through times of abrupt change, Karoll has been able to demonstrate that there is a higher degree of continuity in the late third millennium BCE than previously thought. She is currently working on a project investigating the role societal anxiety plays in decision-making when the climate changes.
As an archaeologist, Karoll has excavated all over the world, including the United States, Bolivia, Syria, Israel, and Jordan. Her current project has taken her out of the field as she works to amass a database of all prehistoric and early historic sites excavated and surveyed in the Levant. She will use this data to better track population shifts and to tie them to environmental episodes in the region in antiquity.
Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Karoll was a National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellow at the American Center of Research in Amman, Jordan. There she worked on a publication initiative to make her database available online.