Meet Our Lecturers

Steven Holen is Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and he holds his degrees from the University of Kansas (Ph.D.) and the University of Nebraska.  He has served as the Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as State Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) in South Dakota, and as Public Archaeologist with the University of Nebraska State Museum.  His areas of specialization are early humans in the Americas, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, Clovis culture, lithic procurement and technology, and bone technology.  Dr. Holen's over 40 years of fieldwork span sites of all ages from the historic Oregon Trail to pre-Clovis mammoth hunter sites.  His publications include series on Great Plains Paleoindian Archaeology and Ice Age Humans in the Americas, both of which he has edited with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Holen.

Kathleen Holen is Co-Director of the Center for American Paleolithic Research, and she holds her degrees from Exeter University and the University of Michigan.  She has served with the Department of Anthropology of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and her areas of specialization are bone taphonomy and tools, cognitive and interpretive archaeology, and human dispersals into the Americas.  For the past three years she has conducted museum collection surveys and analysis of bone modification, since 2006 has worked on an Experimental Bone Modification resarch project in Tanzania and Colorado, and since 1998 has worked on excavations and surveys at Pleistocene sites in North America.  Her recent publication include "Evidence of a human occupation of the North American Great Plains during the Last Glacial Maximum" in IV Simposio Internacianal: El hombre temprano en America (2011), and a series on Great Plains Paleoindian Archaeology and Ice Age Humans in the Americas, both of which she has edited with her husband, Dr. Steven R. Holen.

Thomas Howe is an architectural historian with a background in classical archaeology, art and architectural history and architectural theory and design. His dissertation on the Origin of the Doric Order (Harvard Diss. 1985) and his commentary for a new translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture (Cambridge, 1999) are both widely used by scholars in these fields.  His undergraduate training was in German language and literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He attended the Master of Architecture Program at the School of Design at Harvard in the early 1970's, and transferred to the Ph.D. program in Fine Arts, doing his work in Greek and Roman architecture, theory and aesthetics.
 

Professor Howe has performed field work in Turkey, the United Kingdom and Italy. He has taught at Southwestern since 1985 where he is chair of art history, and introduced Southwestern's program in Architectural studies, the first such in the U.S. to include historical design as a regular part of the curriculum.  Since 2001 he has been the chief archaeologist and master planner an innovative foundation in Italy (The Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation) which has as its mission the creation of one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe at the seaside elite villas at Stabiae near Pompeii. Since 2007 the Foundation has conducted extensive excavations and opened the first major foreign research institute in Italy south of Rome.  The Foundation is establishing a new paradigm for the intertnational management of cultural properties in which a private Italo-American  foundation aids the national government in the coordination of complex international teams and the long term management of an archaeological site.

Matthew Johnson studied at Cambridge for his PhD and worked at Sheffield and Lampeter before moving to Durham University where he was Professor until 2004.  Matthew then moved to the University of Southampton before moving across the Atlantic to become Professor in Anthropology at Northwestern University in 2011.  Matthew has published six books, including Behind the Castle Gate, English Houses 1300-1800, Ideas of Landscape, and Archaeological Theory:  An Introduction.  Matthew's interests cover the archaeology of England and Europe AD1000-1800, and include castles, houses great and small, landscapes, and theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches.  Matthew is conducting fieldwork in south-east England in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the National Trust; in 2013, they will be working at the great medieval houses of Knole and Ightham.

Jessica Kaiser is currently finishing her Ph.D at the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.A. from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.  Her areas of specialization are the social history of Late Period Egypt, mortuary and field archaeology, osteology and taphonomy; her current research has been on the Giza Plateau, particularly the late period cemetery excavations and the Wall of the Crow Cemetery.

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