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Benjamin Graham

Assistant Professor

(901) 678-2517
(901) 678-2720
107 Mitchell Hall
Office Hours
Tuesdays 9am-11am


Ph.D. Michigan

Fields of Interest

Early Middle Ages, Mediterranean, Environment, Food

Courses taught

Medieval Europe, World History to 1500, Roman World, Omnivore's Past: A Global History of Food and Eating

Representative Publications

"Trees and Woodland," in A Handbook of Medieval Environmental History, Vol. 1: 400–1000, eds. T. Newfield, R. Oram, and P. Slavin (Brill Academic Publishers, 2017)

"The Columbian Exchange," encyclopedia entry for The Sea in World History: Exploration, Travel, and Trade, ed. Stephen Stein (ABC-CLIO, 2017)

[with Raymond Van Dam] "Limbs of the Eternal City: Modeling Wood Fuel in Ancient Rome," Late Antique Archaeology (forthcoming)

Representative Conferences

"Italian Forests in Late Antiquity," at the Climate Change and History Research Initiative, Princeton, NJ, May 5, 2017

"Environmental Logic: Cutting Wood for Fuel in Ancient Rome," at Human-Environment Dynamics in the Peloponnese and beyond: Ideas, Methods, Results, PELOPS Group, Athens, April 5, 2017

"Mediterranean Woodland Composition at the End of Empire," at Environment and Society in the First Millennium A.D., The Society of Antiquaries, London, October 8, 2016


Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Phi Alpha Theta Advisor

Current projects

Book-length project analyzing the cultivation and consumption of olives in early medieval Italy