Meet Our Lecturers

Megan Cifarelli is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Manhattanville College; she is also Director of the Castle Scholar Honors Program and the Museum Studies Program, and Chair of Classical Civilizations at Manhattanville.  She holds her degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D., M.Phil., and MA) and the University of Notre Dame.  Her areas of specialization are ancient art and civilizations (particularly Assryia), museum studies, and gender studies.  Professor Cifarelli's current publication projects include The Iron II Citadel at Hasanlu Tepe, Hasanlu Excavation Reports V (with M. Danti, University of Pennsylvania Museum, in preparation), The Iron II Cemetery at Hasanlu Tepe, Hasanlu Excavation Reports IV (with M. Danti, University of Pennsylvania Museum, in preparation), "The Evidence for Assyrian Contacts at Hasanlu" Proceeding of the Conference on Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire (with M. Danti, University of Cambridge, in press), "Personal Ornaments at Hasanlu, Iran: A re-evaluation" in Ancient Jewelry (ed. A. Golani, Polish Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, 2014, forthcoming), and "The Tomb of the Hasanlu Warriors" in Iranica Antiqua, January 2015 (with M. Danti, in press).

Eric Cline is Chair and Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the George Washington University and Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Yale University, and Dartmouth College.  His areas of specialization include the military history of the Mediterranean, and the international connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age.  Professor Cline is the Associate Director of the Megiddo Expedition, and Co-Director of the excavations at Tel Kabri.


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Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose research involves the reuse of Egyptian coffins during economic crisis: who was doing the reuse, what the moral implications were, and how the practice changed the nature of Egyptian funerary materiality forever.

Her first book, The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period was published in 2007, and her biography of Hatshepsut, the 18th Dynasty female king, will be published by Random House in October of 2014.

Professor Cooney produced a comparative archaeology series with her husband Neil Crawford titled OUT OF EGYPT, which aired 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is still airing on Discovery affiliates and streaming on Netflix.

Michael Danti is Assistant Professor with the Department of Archaeology at Boston University, and Consulting Scholar with the University of Pennsylvania Museum.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and Purdue University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.  His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology, Mesopotamia, Iran, cultural heritage management, museum studies, archaeological method and theory, and complex societies.  He is currently Director of Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat (Syria), Rowanduz (Iraqi Kurdistan), Mosul (Iraq), and Director of the Hasanlu (Iraq) Publication Project.  Professor Danti's current publication projects include Hasanlu IVb: The Iron II Cemetery, Hasanlu Excavation Reports IV (with M. Cifarelli, University of Pennsylvania Musem, in preparation), Hasanlu V: The Late Bronze and Iron I Periods, Hasanlu Excavation Reports III (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), and "Searching for Musasir: The Rowanduz Archaeological Program" in New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East (The Oriental Institute, in preparation).


John Dobbins is with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Boston University, and College of the Holy Cross.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


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