Meet Our Lecturers

Patrick Hunt is with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, the School of Cultural Diplomacy in London, the Fromm Institute in San Francisco, and the Institute for EthnoMedicine.  He holds his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, and has also studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  His research interests are Alpine archaeology, archaeological science, archaeometry, geoarchaeology, forensic archaeology, Roman archaeology, Celtic archaeology, and Hannibal studies.  His main publications include “Alpine Archaeology” (2007), and “Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History” (2007), as well as numerous articles and encyclopedia entries.

Professor Matthew Johnson is with the Anthropology Department of Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge.

"I am an archaeologist specializing in the complex societies of Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800.  I have written on castles, traditional houses, ‘polite’ architecture, and landscape, and on contributions to understanding historical archaeology around the world.  My theoretical orientation has stressed interdisciplinary and interpretive approaches, the theory of medieval and historical archaeology, and archaeology in its cultural context.  I have always worked to bring these strands together, in studies of the archaeological record that are both theoretically and empirically informed.  Much of my work has been concentrated in book-length studies, taking a complex body of empirical material (houses, fields, castles) and placing it in its theoretical context."

He has published extensively, including English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life (2010), Archaeological Theory: An Introduction (second revised edition 2010), Ideas of Landscape (2006), and Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance (2002).  Professor Johnson is conducting fieldwork in south-east England in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the National Trust; in 2013, they will be working at the great medieval houses of Knole and Ightham.

Lisa Kahn is Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Special Projects and Assistant Dean for Research Development at Georgetown University, and is a museum consultant.  She holds her degrees from Boston University (Ph.D.), and the State Universities of New York at Albany and New Paltz.  She specializes in the material culture of the Classical world, including ancient beer and brewing, ancient glass, Greek kiln technology, and cultural heritage protection, and has conducted archaeological investigation in Italy, Israel, Cyprus, France, and Portugal.

Jessica Kaiser is currently finishing her Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.A. from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.  Her areas of specialization are the social history of Late Period Egypt, mortuary and field archaeology, osteology and taphonomy; her current research has been on the Giza Plateau, particularly the late period cemetery excavations and the Wall of the Crow Cemetery.

Susan E. Kane is the Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art at Oberlin College, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and Barnard College.  Her research interests include Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculpture and architecture, the study of ancient building technologies and building materials, and the use of archaeological sciences in the study of archaeology.  She is the Director of the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project in Libya, and of the Sangro Valley Project in Italy.  Professor Kane was the recipient of the 2005 Research and Exploration Award from the National Geographic Society, and the 2013 Presidential Award from the Society of American Archaeology.

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