Robyn Epstein

Robyn Epstein
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Early modern collecting; history of museums; museum ethics
M.A. Thesis: "Church as Museum, Spolia as Artifact: Reuse in Roman Churches ca. 300-1200" (Cornell University, 2023)


Robyn Epstein is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include early modern collecting, the history of museums, and museum ethics. She received her B.A. in Art History from Elon University in 2019, and completed her M.A. in Archaeology at Cornell University in 2023. Her Master's thesis focused on churches and collecting in the late-Roman and early medieval periods, and at UCSB she hopes to continue to explore these topics in the early modern period. In the summer of 2022, Robyn spent the field season excavating at Antiochia ad Cragum, a late-Roman site in southern Turkey.