Meet Our Lecturers

Jennifer Campbell is Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Potsdam.  She holds her degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Her research interests include architectural life histories, trade, complex societies, and cultural heritage.  She is currently the Co-Director of the Caravanserai Networks Project in Northern Pakistan and Northern India, and is Director of Architectural Heritage of Upstate New York.  Forthcoming publications include “Surveying and Recording Standing Architecture: an Archaeological Approach” for the Journal of Field Archaeology, and "Edging an Empire: The Effect of Edge Proximity on Cores and Peripheries 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.

Dr. Hanan Charaf is the Series Editor for the Archaeological Reports Series (ARS) of the American Schools of Oriental Research.  She holds her degrees from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Ph.D.), the University of Lumière Lyon II, annd Lebanese University; her areas of specialization are Near Eastern Late Bronze age ceramics (1550-1150 B.C.), Cypriot ceramic imports to Lebanon, and the Late Bronze Age history and archaeology of Lebanon.  She has been the Field Supervisor for sites in Lebanon, Syria, France, Turkey, and Tunisia, and her extensive publications include "The Northern Levant (Lebanon) during the Middle Bronze Age" in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (ca. 8000-332 BCE), 2014.

William Childs is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.  He holds his degrees from Princeton, and also studied at the Universityof Munich.  His research interests are in Greek art and the archaeology of the Eastern Mediteranean, and in particular the site of Polis Chrysochous on the northwest shore of Cyprus, where he has conducted excavations since 1983.  Recent publications include as co-editor and contributor to City of Gold: The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus (2012).  He has received numerous awards for his work, including Corresponding Membership with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).  Professor Childs is an AIA Norton Lecturer for the 2015/2016 season.

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