Meet Our Lecturers

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.

Keith Snedegar is Professor of History at Utah Valley University, and holds his degrees from Oxford University (D. Phil), the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Michigan.  His fields of research are the history of astronomy (including variable star astronomy and photometry) and archaeoastronomy, particularly of South Africa and African indigenous knowledge systems.  His awards include the 2009 Dudley Observatory Pollock Award for the History of Astronomy, and he is currently preparing a volume on Lost in the Stars: A.W. Roberts at the Intersection of Science, Mission and Politics in South Africa.  Professor Snedegar is the AIA's Webster Lecturer for 2014/2015

Janet Stephens is a professional stylist and cosmetologist based in Baltimore, MD, whose area of academic specialization is ancient and historic hairdressing.  She has published "Ancient Roman hairdressing: on (hair)pins and needles" (Journal of Roman Archaeology 21, 2008) and "Recreating the hairstyle of the Fonesca bust" (EXARC Journal Annual Digest, 2013).  She has given numerous presentations, including "The Scientifick Hairdresser: curling and coiffing in the Jeffersonian era", "Ovid’s Cosmetology: the hair science behind Amores 1.14", "Truthy or False-ish? Hair in Ancient Roman and Renaissance Female Portraiture", "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: Fiction to Fact", and "Vestal Virgin Hairstyling: recreating the seni crines".  Ms. Stephens was a 2011 Rome Prize finalist in Design.

Shannan Stewart is an independent scholar, formerly with DePauw University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.), the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota.  Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic Pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, “Hellenization”, and Anatolia in the First Millennium B.C.E.

Dr. Lea Stirling is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Manitoba and holds a Canada Research Council Chair in Roman Archaeology. She co-directs excavations at the ancient city of Leptiminus, Tunisia and participated in fieldwork at Germa, Libya, Carthage, Tunisia and Roccagloriosa, Italy. She specializes in Roman Art and Archaeology, Late Antiquity and North Africa. She received her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan and held the position of President of the AIA-Canada from 2003-2004.

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