Meet Our Lecturers

Christopher Parslow is Professor of Classical Studies with Wesleyan University, and holds his degrees from Duke University (Ph.D.), the University of Iowa, and Grinnell College.  His areas of specialization are Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, and the topography of Rome.  Professor Parslow's current projects include the Praedia of Julia Felix in Pompeii, and in 2013 he published “The Sacrarium of Isis in the Praedia Iuliae Felicis in Pompeii in its Archaeological and Historical Contexts,” in Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples (Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).

Lisa C. Pieraccini received her Ph.D at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Pieraccini lived in Rome for many years where she taught and conducted research at the Etruscan site of Cerveteri. She now teaches in the Classics Department at the University of California Berkeley. Active at the southern Etruscan city, Caere (known today as Cerveteri), her research interests and publications include Etruscan pottery, burial customs, Etruscan and Roman wall painting and the reception of the Etruscans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her book, Around the Hearth: Caeretan Cylinder-Stamped Braziers (2003) is the first comprehensive study of a unique class of over 350 Etruscans braziers. Her analysis examines different aspects of origin, production, iconography, style and chronology. Dr. Pieraccini is also a member of the Instituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici, and co-editor of the book series, Cities of the Etruscans, to be published by the Texas University Press.

John M. D. Pohl is Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA. A specialist in the ancient art and writing of Mexico, Dr. Pohl is noted for bringing the ancient past to life using a wide variety of media and techniques. He has contributed to feature film production design with Dreamworks SKG, and to museum exhibition development with the Walt Disney Company’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Princeton University Art Museum. His most recent endeavors include the acclaimed exhibitions, “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” for the Getty Villa Museum (2010) and “The Children of Plumed Serpent, the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico,” for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art (2012). Dr. Pohl has published numerous books and articles, including Exploring Mesoamerica and The Legend of Lord Eight Deer.

Victoria Reed is the Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She holds her degrees from Rutgers University (Ph.D. and MA), and Sarah Lawrence College, and trained as an art historian specializing in mediaeval and Renaissance art.  She has been conducting museum and provenance research since 1997, and is currently responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division.  Dr. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research, including the issue of Nazi-era looting and restitution.


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.



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