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About Me.

My name is Isabelle Johnsen, and I am studying for my MSc in Archeology at the University of Oxford. I am 24 years old, and I am beyond in love with Prehistoric ceramics. I am passionate about raising awareness of BIPOC representation in archeological academia and helping provide students with the resources that I had the privilege of getting included in my education. In this vein, my website provides free resources for the graduate application process.


In the future, I hope to challenge traditional narratives of early Prehistoric ceramic production that adhere to patriarchal narratives of gendered, so-called domestic labor. In the wake of modern understandings of the fluidity of gender and sexuality, new research on prehistory can challenge androcentric and heteronormative biases by re-situating scholarship into a more flexible and fluid understanding of the construction of gender in prehistory.

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Fall 2021 to Spring 2022

The University of Oxford. Oxfordshire, UK

During my M.S.c in Archeology at the University of Oxford, my research focused on the connections between the emergence of farming and ceramic production contexts in the Neolithic. 

December 2019 to December 2020

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

During my M.A. in History at Tulane, I utilized historical lenses (such as examination of photography style and correlations between contemporary 20th-century archeological theories) to challenge the Eurocentric theory of Civilization and the colonialist rhetoric in early 20th-century archeological methodologies.

August 2016 to December 2019

Tulane Unversity, New Orleans, LA

During my B.A. at Tulane University, I majored in History and Classical Studies with a minor in Psychology. I participated in projects such as Digitalizing the Archives at the Amistad Research Center, I worked under Dr. Emilia Oddo at Knossos, Crete, to collect ceramic data for her upcoming publication on the House of the Frescoes, I participated in underwater archeological surveys of the ancient Port of Sanitja (Menorca, Spain) and Portus Iulius (Naples, Italy) with Sanisera Archeological Institute, and interned at several art museums. 

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Read More About My Experience in Archeology


Dean's List - 2016-2019

CELT Independent Research Grant - Summer 2018

Newcomb Institute Independent Research Grant - Summer 2018 and Summer 2020

University of Oxford, Hertford College Graduate Travel Fund – Fall 2021

Nominated in the Early Career Archeologists category in the Archaeological Achievement Awards by the Council for British Archeology– Fall 2021


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