Louise Hitchcock is Associate Professor with the Centre of Classics and Archaeology, University of Melbourne. She holds her degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. and MA) and the University of Southern California. Professor Hitchcock has extensive archaeological experience in the east Mediterranean, including time as Parsons Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a senior Fulbright Fellow at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Cyprus; and as an USAID Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and the Visiting Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem; a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and most recently an Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Fellow, as well as excavation work in Israel, Egypt, Syria, Crete, and California. She is author of more than 30 articles on architecture and gender in the east Mediterranean. Her books include Minoan Architecture: A Contextual Analysis (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Pocket Book 155, Jonsered: Paul Astroms Forlag, 2000) Aegean Art and Architecture (co-authored with Donald Preziosi, Oxford University Press, 1999), Theory for Classics (Routledge, 2008). She is currently involved in several research projects, including investigating the relationship between Aegean, Cypriot and Philistine architecture, and collaborative projects on the emergence of complexity in Greece and excavating the site of Tell es-Safi/Gath with Prof. Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University. Ongoing research is devoted to the recovery, documentation, and interpretation of contextual relationships as well as the interpretation of existing monuments, especially critical considering that many of the monumental structures of the Late Bronze Age are decaying through exposure to weather and human contact.