Meet Our Lecturers

Jesse Casana is with the Anthropology Department at the University of Arkansas, and holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D. and M.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.).  His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology (particularly landscape archaeology and settlement), satellite imagery and remote sensing, and geoarchaeology.  He is currently working on a NASA-funded Space Archaeology project on “Settlement Systems and Environmental Change in the Northern Fertile Crescent”.

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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Christina Conlee is with the Department of Anthropology, Texas State University at San Marcos, and holds her degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D. and M.A.) and University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A.).  Her research interests are complex societies, foundations and relations of power, state collapse, ceramic analysis, migration, mortuary practices and human sacrifice, isotopic analysis and Andean prehistory.

M. Dores Cruz is with the University of Denver, and holds her degrees from Binghamton University-SUNY (Ph.D.), University of Porto, and the University of Coimbra, Portugal.  Her research interests include African archaeology, historical anthropology, ethnoarchaeology, comparative colonialisms and diasporas, Ghana, Mozambique, and Portugal.  Her current projects are an Africa American homestead community in Colorado, landscape and memory construction in Mozambique, and colonial landscapes in Portugal.  Professor Cruz is the AIA’s Archaeology of Portugal Lecturer for 2013/2014.

Eugene Cruz-Uribe was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and received his BA, MA and PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.  His dissertation was a study of Demotic legal contracts from the Saite and Persian periods in Egypt.  He worked as a lecturer at the Field Museum in Chicago and as a curator at the Seattle Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit during the later 1970s.  He was an Assistant Professor in the Egyptology Department at Brown University before he went to Northern Arizona University where he held a number of administrative and teaching positions and is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at NAU.  He also taught Global History at California State University - Monterey Bay.  Currently he is Professor of History at Indiana University East.  He is the author of 6 books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a three year project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.   His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).
 
For the last fifteen years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt.  In July 2008 he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the US. 
 
He currently resides in Richmond, Indiana, where his wife Kathy is Chancellor at Indiana University East.

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Miriam Stark is with the University Hawai’i at Manoa, and holds her degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her current research interests are... Read More

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