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John Haberstroh, Ph.D

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

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John Haberstroh received his B.A. (with honors) and M.A. in History from California State University, Long Beach in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He went on to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics from UCLA before undertaking a Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He defended his dissertation entitled "Local Panhellenism at the Ancient Greek Sanctuaries of the Northeast Peloponnese" in June 2022. This project examined the imprint of local Greek city-states upon the sanctuaries of Zeus at Nemea, Poseidon at Isthmia, Hera in the Argolid, and Asclepius at Epidaurus. Rather than assuming the standard "Panhellenic" nature of these sites, he demonstrated that the local city-states of Argos, Corinth, and Epidaurus dominated the mythic, administrative, and commemorative landscapes of these sanctuaries and competed with one another for ownership. His research has been funded by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), the Mellon-Council for European Studies dissertation completion fellowship, and the UCR Graduate Division. He spent 2017-2018 as the Fowler Merle Smith Fellow in the Regular Program at the ASCSA during which he traveled extensively through Greece and participated in excavations at ancient Corinth.

Haberstroh is committed to critical pedagogy and making the ancient world accessible to his students. He teaches courses in many areas of ancient world history including ancient sports, democracy, and the ancient Mediterranean World. Haberstroh also employs alternative grading paradigms and assessments in order to emphasize engagement, discovery, and critical reflection. For his teaching excellence, he was recognized with UCR Graduate Division's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021.

Haberstroh also volunteers with a non-profit organization called the Save Ancient Studies Alliance(SASA) which works to reverse the downward trend in the study of ancient worlds. He leads SASA's Access Team which creates resources to make the study of the ancient world more accessible.

Expert Areas

  • Ancient Greek, Persian, and Roman history
  • Ancient Mediterranean religions
  • Ancient Sport
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Identity