Professor Jorge J. Bravo III received his A.B. in Classics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. He joins the University of Maryland after teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College, Wesleyan University, and Bowdoin College. His research is currently focused on the archaeology of Greek cult and ancient athletics. He is also a field archaeologist and has participated in several excavations in Greece and Italy, including the Athenian Agora; Kommos, Crete; San Vincenzo al Volturno (Italy); the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea; and most recently, Kenchreai, the eastern harbor of ancient Corinth.
Currently Professor Bravo is working on completing his study of the archaeological remains and other evidence for the cult and myth of the hero Opheltes at Nemea, to be published as a volume of the Excavations at Nemea series from the University of California Press. Other recent scholarship has addressed hero cult more generally. His essay "Recovering the Past: The Origins of Heroes and Hero Cult" was published by the Walters Art Museum as part of the exhibition catalogue Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece (Sabine Albersmeier, ed., Baltimore 2009), and his review of C. P. Jones's New Heroes in Antiquity: From Achilles to Antinoos was published in Classical Review in 2011.
Professor Bravo is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and served as vice-president of the Minnesota Society in 2009-2010. He is also a member of the Lambda Classical Caucus of the APA. His hobbies include working out and swimming, good food and wine, classical music and opera, orchids, and genealogy.