PhD candidate / guest
Jonathan Ouellet is a research assistant at the Faculty of Archaeology
Monday to Friday
He currently conducts research in the Middle East, Central Asia, and China, looking at topics such as numismatics, trade networks, and concepts of frontiers and peripheries. His PhD work will be looking at the site of Otrar in Kazakhstan and trying to understand how the site fits into the scheme of imperial political entities during the Early Islamic Period.
When he is not amassing a wall of books on his desk, he collects coins, runs, does martial arts, spends time reading (not just for studying), and learning about other cultures and languages. He also has a presence online and is using social media to spread his love of numismatics to a greater audience.
Jonathan is a Canadian researcher who holds a Honours BA in History and Greek and Roman Studies from Carleton University (Canada), an MA in Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World from University College London Qatar where he wrote his thesis titled “The Imitation Game: Georgian-Sasanian Coins and Their Meaning in Numismatics” under Professor Robert Carter and Dr. Jose Carvajal Lopez. He also spent 8 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, and has spent 4 years as an English teacher in Xinjiang, China. During his previous studies he has presented his research at a number of conferences. He has also worked on several archaeological digs and museum collections in the Republic of North Macedonia, Canada, Qatar, the Republic of Georgia and Kazakhstan.