Joel Walker

Joel Walker


  • Department of History, Box 353560


As a historian of late antiquity, I am interested in the diverse cultures of western Eurasia from prehistory to the early Islamic caliphate.  The rubric of late antiquity has allowed me to integrate some of my most abiding interests: the history and archaeology of the Classical world; early Christianity; and religion and society in the pre-Islamic and early Islamic Middle East.  At the undergraduate level, I offer lecture courses on the Ancient World (“Cavemen to Constantine”), the World of Late Antiquity, and the Byzantine Empire, as well as seminars on Jerusalem, the Empires of Ancient Iran, and animal-human relations in world history (“the cow course”).  My graduate seminars have explored these same general areas.  In addition to my position in the History Department since 1997, I have been an active member of the University of Washington’s Comparative Religion Program and its Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization.  Between 2012 and 2015, I served as the director of the University of Washington’s Program in Persian and Iranian Studies.


  • Princeton University, History,