Meet Our Lecturers

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

Miriam Stark is a Professor with the Department of Anthropology at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and holds her degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her research interests are in Southeast Asia archaeology, particularly the archaeology of Cambodia with a focus on political economies and state formation.  She is Co-Director of the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project, a Co-Investigator with the Greater Angkor Project, and has published and spoken widely.

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.

David J. Stewart is Associate Professor with the Program of Maritime Studies, Department of History, East Carolina University; he is also Director of the North Carolina Vernacular Watercraft Recording Project.  He holds his degrees from Texas A&M University (Ph.D.) and Baylor University, and his current research is in ancient Mediterranean maritime technology, the use of computer-aided drafting (CAD) in ship reconstruction, and maritime culture.  His publications include The Sea Their Graves: An Archaeology of Death and Remembrance in Maritime Culture (University Press of Florida, 2011).  Professor Stewart is the AIA Steffy Lecturer for 2015/2016.

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.

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