AIA Lecturer: Lauren Ristvet
Lauren Ristvet is Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds her degrees from the University of Cambridge (Ph.D, M.Phil.) and Yale University, and her research areas are Near Eastern history and archaeology (particularly the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia) with an emphasis on the formation and collapse of archaic states, landscape archaeology, human response to environmental disaster, and ancient imperialism. She is Associate Director of the excavations at Tell Leilan, Syria (ancient Shehna/Shubat-Enlil), and Co-Director of the Naxçivan Archaeological Project in Azerbaijan. Professor Ristvet is a 2014/2015 Kershaw Lecturer for the AIA.