Elizabeth Fagan joined the Department of Focused Inquiry in fall 2019, teaching UNIV 111 and 112. Dr. Fagan taught social theory at the University of Chicago and ancient history at Truman State University prior to coming to VCU. Her love of teaching was fostered by her time as an assistant director at the Chicago Center for Teaching, and she continues to focus on learner-centered pedagogies in her classrooms. Dr. Fagan earned her Ph.D. in anthropology and history from the University of Chicago, and she puts it to work in her research into the Classical-period (ca. 300 BCE – 300 CE) connections between the ancient Mediterranean world and Eurasia. Dr. Fagan researches in Armenia, looking at the ways that Roman and Armenian leaders deployed material messages of their authority to their subjects and other polities, and she brings her material culture analyses into the classroom as often as she can.