Meet Our Lecturers

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.

Steven Ellis is with the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and holds his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.  His areas of specialization include Roman urbanism and social history, ancient architecture, Greek and Roman art and archaeology, and the excavation of complex urban sites; his is the project director for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project at Porta Stabia, and the East Isthmia Archaeological Project.  Professor Ellis has published widely, and has several recent forthcoming works on aspects of his work in Pompeii.

Professor Garrett G. Fagan has taught at Pennsylvania State University since 1996. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Trinity College Dublin. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and has an extensive research record in Roman history, Latin epigraphy, and method in archaeology, and has held a prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Cologne. He has published numerous articles in international journals, and his first monograph, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1999. He has also edited a volume on the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology (2006), and has a number of forthcoming works on Roman baths and water use, and the Roman arena.

Professor Feder is with the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, and holds his degrees from the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.) and SUNY Stony Brook.  His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past, including archaeological frauds. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley, and has published and spoken widely on his work.

Professor Marian Feldman holds joint appointments in the Departments of the History of Art and Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She holds her degrees from Harvard (Ph.D.) and Columbia University, and her areas of specialization are the arts of the second and first millennia BCE in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. Her interests range from the role of the arts in cultural interactions to issues of style, object agency, and materiality.  She has published and spoken widely, and her most recent projects include Communities of Style: Portable Luxury Arts, Identity and Collective Memory in the Iron Age Levant (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

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