Meet Our Lecturers

Justin Leidwanger is Assistant Professor with the Department of Classics, Stanford University; he holds his degrees from the University Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Texas A&M University, and Loyola University.  His research interests include the economic networks that shaped ancient maritime commerce during the Roman and Late Antique era.  Professor Leidwanger is the Director of the Stanford University/Soprintendenza del Mare Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project (Pachino, Siracusa, Sicily), and Co-Director of the Middle East Technical University/Brock University/Stanford University Burgaz Harbors Project (Burgaz, Datça, Muğla, Turkey).  He is also the Principle Investigator for a number of projects on the Yassıada shipwreck, and an Eastern Mediterranean study of basket-handle amphoras.

Professor Stephen Lekson is with the University of Colorado, and holds his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.  He specializes in the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest, particularly Chaco Canyon and the Mimbres region.  He has worked on numerous field projects, most recently at Woodrow Ruin, Black Mountain, and Pinnacle Ruin in New Mexico, and at Chimney Rock Great House in Colorado.

Maria Liston is with the Anthropology and Classical Departments of the University of Waterloo, and holds her degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Ph.D. and B.A.), Indiana University at Bloomington (M.A.) and King College (B.A.).  Her areas of specialization are Greek archaeology, skeletal biology and biological anthropology, paleopathology, and military and battlefield archaeology. 

Jodi Magness is with the Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. She holds her degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), and her areas of expertise are the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic Periods, ancient pottery, ancient  synagogues, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Roman army in the East. Professor Magness is currently the Director of the excavations at Huqoq, Israel and has also worked at Yotvata and Masada in Israel, Caesarea Maritima, the Athenian Agora, and ancient Corinth, Greece.  She has published widely, was the recipient of the 2008 AIA Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and is a 2013/2014 AIA Joukowsky Lecturer.
A course by Jodi Magness, "The Holy Land Revealed" is available on DVD through The Teaching Company's Great Courses at

Andrew Meadows is a specialist in the history, numismatics and epigraphy of the Hellenistic Greek world. From 1995-2007 he was Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum, in 2007 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in the same year he became Margaret Thompson Curator of Greek Coins at the American Numismatic Society (ANS). In 2008 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Society. In 2012 he was elected to the Kraay Visitorship at Wolfson College and a Robinson Visiting Scholarship at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In 2014/2015 he will be the Archaeological Institute of America's Metcalf Lecturer.

From 1998-2006 he was Secretary of the British Academy’s Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Committee, and in 2013 he was appointed Director of the international SNG project. From 2002-2005 he served as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Numismatic Society.

Dr Meadows was co-curator of the HSBC Money Gallery at the British Museum and has curated and contributed to a number of temporary exhibitions, including Earlier Monetary Unions, From Alexander to Mark Antony: Images of Power on Ancient Coins and Brief Lives. The Changing Currencies of Western Europe (at the British Museum), History Re-stored: Ancient Greek Coins from the Zhuyuetang Collection (at the Hong Kong Museum of History), and the traveling exhibitions Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth and Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia. He is currently a member of the Conseil Scientifique of the Achemenet project.

Dr Meadows has written and edited more than 100 books and articles, including three volumes in the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series and Coin Hoards IX and X. He is Series Editor of the joint ANS-Cambridge University Press Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World and the editor of the American Journal of Numismatics. He is currently working on a collaborative project to digitise the Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, is co-director of Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), and is a member of the steering committee of the Nomisma project. He is finishing a book-length study of the development of civic coinage in Hellenistic Asia Minor.

Dr Meadows also teaches Greek and Roman numismatics for Columbia University in New York, and is working with the Institut Européen d'Archéologie Sous-Marine and the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology on the publication of material from the excavations at Herakleion, East Canopus and Alexandria in Egypt.


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