Meet Our Lecturers

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. 

Dr. Kate Liszka is Assistant Professor with the Department of History at California State University, San Bernardino, and holds her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), and from 2012 to 2015 was a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer with Princeton University.  Her areas of specialization are Nubians in Egypt, the Medjay, ethnicity and identity in Antiquity, multicultural Interactions in frontier regions, the Pangrave Archaeological Culture, and large-scale mining expeditions in Antiquity.  Dr. Liszka is the Director of the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition in the Egyptian Eastern Desert.

Rita Lucarelli is Assistant Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  She holds her degrees  from Leiden University (Ph.D.), University "La Sapienza" in Rome, and the University of Naples.  Her research interests include the religion, funerary culture and literature of ancient Egypt, history and translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, demonology in ancient Egypt and the Near East, and magic in the ancient world.  Her various publication projects include Ancient Egyptian Demonology: The evidence of the magical and funerary papyri of the New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period and The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen. Transcription and Translation (both in preparation).

Kathleen Lynch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri. She is a specialist in Greek pottery, particularly vase-painting and the social aspects of pottery, and has completed fieldwork in Albania, Greece, and Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. at the University of Virginia, after completing her undergraduate work at Boston University. She has published widely, and has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for her work.

 

One of Professor Lynch's main publications is The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, published as Hesperia supplement 46, 2011. This volume addresses for the first time a collection of pottery used at symposia that has been found in a domestic context in Athens (rather than a funerary context, which is more usual for such pottery). In the volume Professor Lynch discusses form, function, and context without ignoring the social aspects of Athenian drinking parties as well as other household activities. More details can be found at: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/publications/book/?i=9780876615461

Michael MacKinnon (PhD University of Alberta) reconstructs the role of animals in antiquity through integrative analyses involving ancient textual, artistic, and archaeological data. He has worked at more than 50 different sites in the ancient Mediterranean, from the west to the east, including excavations in Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, and Egypt.  He specializes in zooarchaeology, examining animal bones from archaeological sites.  Publications include "Production and Consumption of Animals in Roman Italy: Integrating the Zooarchaeological and Textual Evidence" (2004; Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplement Series 54), and "State of the Discipline: Osteological Research in Classical Archaeology." American Journal of Archaeology 111: 473-504.  Dr. MacKinnon works extensively in both the ancient Greek and Roman context.  He has held posts as Rome Scholar (British School at Rome) and Malcolm H. Wiener Professor (American School of Classical Studies at Athens).

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