Gabrielle Borenstein

Ph.D. Student in Anthropology


Gabrielle came to Cornell after earning her BA in anthropology and religion from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her graduate research explores how the material world -- objects, representational media, constructed landscapes -- influence social, religious, and political life. She is interested in the relationship between the elements of daily life such as labor, production, or ritual and the formation of ideology. Her graduate work explores this in the context of Bronze Age communities in the ancient Near East. Her dissertation project draws upon her fieldwork in Armenia with Project ArAGATS as well as existing datasets from Georgia, Iran, Israel, and Turkey. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship, the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann fellowship, and a National Geographic Young Explorer.