• M.A. in Iranian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2022
  • B.A. in Art History and Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Research Specialist, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 2017-2019


  • Glyptic arts of ancient Iran and the Near East in the first millennium B.C.E.
  • Depictions of ritual and power on the Persepolis Fortification Archive tablets


[Forthcoming]. “Helene J. Kantor and Her Contributions to the Study of Ancient Iran,” in Studies on the Aegean, Egypt and the Ancient Middle East in Honor of the Centennial of Helene J. Kantor, edited by Peter Lacovara. Oxford: Archaeopress.


Garrison, M. and E. Petersen. [Forthcoming]. “Some Observations on the Divine and the Numinous in the Persepolis Fortification Archive,” in Contextualizing Iranian Religions in the Ancient World, Proceedings of the 14th Melammu Symposium, Los Angeles, February 18–20, 2020. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


2021. Special Find Entries 2, 14, 30, 61, and 81. A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Edited by Laura Banducci and Anna Gallone. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Fields of Interest

  • Achaemenid art, archaeology, and architecture
  • Interactions between classical Greece and Iran
  • Administration, ritual, and policy in late Achaemenid and early Seleukid Babylon
  • Sacred architecture of the Seleukid Empire
  • Art and representation in the Greco-Bactrian kingdom


  • Avestan
  • Bactrian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Middle Persian
  • Old Persian
  • Sogdian