Meet Our Lecturers

Working on a field-school excavation at the South Cadbury Castle site in England the summer before starting college sealed David Bush's fate. "Although I went to college intending to take pre-med courses, I switched to anthropology my first year and have never regretted the decision," recalls Bush who is now director of the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology at Ohio's Heidelberg College. In 1988, he was asked to perform an assessment of the archaeological remains on Johnson's Island, site of a Union POW camp for Confederate soldiers. "I spent the next year and a half locating the prison compound, fortifications, dump sites, and other cultural resources on the island. After that, I knew this site could be something I would love to spend the rest of my career investigating. And now, in the spring of 2007, I find I am embarking on my fifteenth consecutive summer field school at the site."

Dr. Bridget Buxton is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Rhode Island. She holds degrees from Victoria University in Wellington (M.A. with distinction) and a Ph.D from the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are underwater archaeology, and Hellenistic and Roman history and archaeology, especially the Age of Augustus. Bridget has conducted fieldwork and led expeditions all around the Mediterranean, most recently in Israel with the IAA Maritime Unit at Akko and Caesarea. She collaborates with Croatian and other European and American colleagues to apply new robotic technologies in underwater archaeology, and is an archaeological advisor for Oceangate Foundation.

Jennifer Campbell is with the State University of New York at Potsdam, and holds her degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Her research interests include architectural life histories, trade, and complex societies.  She is currently the Co-Director of the Caravanserai Networks Project in Northern Pakistan and Northern India.  Forthcoming publications are “Surveying and Recording Standing Architecture: an Archaeological Approach” for the Journal of Field Archaeology, and “Politics, Economy, and Architecture: The Negotiations of Identity and Social Control along the Grand Trunk Road in Mughal South Asia” for the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

As a newly transplanted Chicago teenager, Deborah Carlson thought adapting to life in North Carolina would prove insurmountable. Then her parents insisted that she study Latin, which seemed at the time like a fatal blow. But in high-school Latin she discovered the world of Caesar, Ovid, and Pliny. The experience fostered in her a deep love of Greco-Roman antiquity, which she studied at the University of Arizona. After finishing her M.A. in 1995, Carlson taught Roman art and archaeology at Arizona for one year and then decided to pursue a degree in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University. There, she earned the opportunity to work with George Bass as assistant director of a Greek shipwreck excavation off the coast of Turkey at Tektaş Burnu. Her 2003 appointment as the first female of A&M's nautical archaeology faculty has given her the chance to train and advise the next generation of students, including a community of vibrant young women.  She has assisted in the direction of both terrestrial and underwater excavations in Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and has served as the Archaeological Director of Institute of Nautical Archaeology’s excavation of an early-first century B.C. Roman shipwreck at Kızılburun, Turkey, and as the Assistant Director of INA’s work on a Classical Greek ship at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey.  She has received various awards for her work, and was the 2003/2004 recipient of the AIA’s Olivia James Traveling Fellowship.  Professor Carlson is AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2010/2011.

Thomas H. Carpenter is the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Classics with the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University.  He received his degrees at Oxford University (D.Phil.), Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, and his areas of specialization are Greek iconography, mythology, and religion.  He has published extensively, particularly on Dionysian imagery, and is currently working on The Italic People of Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets and Customs ed. with K. Lynch and E. Robinson (Cambridge, forthcoming).  Professor Carpenter is a Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA's 2014/2015 Lecture Program.


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