Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Jodi Magness

Institutional Affiliation

Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


• B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977) • Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989)


Jodi Magness is an archaeologist specializing in Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include ancient pottery, ancient synagogues, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Roman army in the East, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world. She co-directed excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada (1995) and in the Late Roman fort at Yotvata (2003-2007), and since 2011 has http://huqoqexcavationproject.org/.Magness is the author of numerous books and articles, including two award-winning books: The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Eerdmans 2002) and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine (Eisenbrauns 2003). In 2008 Magness received the Archaeological Institute of America’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She produced a 36-lecture course on “The Holy Land Revealed” with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (released in December 2010). Magness consulted for and is featured in a http://www.jerusalemthemovie.com/, which was released in September 2013 and is showing around the world.Magness has served on the Boards of Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR); the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and is a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In January 2014, Magness was elected First Vice-President of the AIA. After serving a three-year term, she will become the next President of the AIA for another three-year term.http://www.jodimagness.org/

• 2005: Fulbright Lecturing Award at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Academic Appointments

• 2002 to now: Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill• 1992–2002: Assistant/Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University• 1990–1992: Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University

Professional Service