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Paul Christians

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Paul Christians

Third Year Cohort
Research Interests: 
Cultural heritage, preservation, community archaeology, development, ethics


My research focuses on the intersections of heritage preservation, cultural transmission, and development processes in the Middle East, particularly in Jordan and the GCC. I’m interested in how communities in or around archaeological sites influence and are subject to the norms of foreign scholars and international NGOs.

Previously I earned an MA from the University of Chicago, as well as a BA and BS from Calvin College. Before coming to Stanford, I worked in the nonprofit world, taught in Saudi Arabia, and spent as much time as possible at Umm el-Jimal, in northern Jordan.