Meet Our Lecturers

Leslie Preston Day is with the Department of Classics at Wabash College, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (A.B.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.A. and Ph.D.).  Her areas of specialization are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and Dark Age Crete.  She has done extensive fieldwork in Crete, where she was Co-Director at Kavousi and Vronda.  Her publications include several volumes on Kavousi,most recently Kavousi IIB,The LM IIIC Settlement at Vronda: Houses on the Periphery (INSTAP Academic Press, with Kevin Glowacki, 2012), and one on The Pottery from Karphi: A Reappraisal. (British School at Athens Studies 19, 2011).  Professor Day has received various honors and awards for her work, and is a past recipient of the AIA Pomerance Fellowship.

Nancy T. de Grummond is a Distinguished Research Professor with the Department of Classics at Florida State University in Tallahassee.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and specializes in Etruscan archaeology, religion and myth, and Scythian archaeology.  Professor de Grummond has been honored for her work and teaching, is a past holder of the AIA’s Joukowsky Lectureship, and is Norton Lecturer for 2011/2012.  Recent publications include The Sanctuary of the Etruscan Artisans at Cetamura del Chianti (2009), Etruscan Myth, Sacred History and Legend (2006), and The Religion of the Etruscans (co-edited and co-authored with Erika Simon, 2006). 

James P. Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, the discoveries of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste, as well as surveys of USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the polar exploration ship Maud, wrecked in the Arctic, the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, and Sub Marine Explorer, a civil war-era find and the world’s oldest known deep-diving submarine. His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco.  He is currently Director of Maritime Heritage, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the national Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a past President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and is Adjunct Professor of Archaeology with Simon Fraser University.  He holds his degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A.), East Carolina University (M.A.) and Simon Fraser University (Ph.D.), and was previously the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, and the head Maritime Historian of the U.S. National Park Service.  Professor Delgado has published over 32 books, and was the host of the National Geographic TV series The Sea Hunters.

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.

Elspeth Dusinberre (A.B. summa cum laude Harvard 1991, Ph.D. Michigan 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while her third book, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (Cambridge 2013) considers all of Anatolia and proposes a wholly new model for understanding imperialism in general. Her second book is a diachronic excavation monograph, Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society (Philadelphia 2005). She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca. 500 BCE), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dağ in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean.

Professor Dusinberre teaches primarily Greek and Near Eastern archaeology, with a little Egyptian and Roman archaeology plus Greek and Latin language thrown in. She has been awarded six University of Colorado teaching awards, the system-wide President's Teaching Scholar Award, the Chancellor's Faculty Recognition Award, and the Faculty Graduate Advisor Award.

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S. Thomas Parker is Professor with the Department of History, North Carolina State University.  He received degrees from Trinity University (TX) and UCLA (M.A. and Ph.D.), and his areas of... Read More

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