Meet Our Lecturers

Michael Frachetti is Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Cambridge University, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“My research concerns the archaeology, ecology, socio-political organization and economy of
prehistoric and contemporary societies. In addition, I focus on environmental studies and
cultural landscape reconstruction, as well as ecological modeling using Remote Sensing in
conjunction with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), especially in extreme or marginal
ecological contexts (Inner Asian high mountains and deserts, Island Indonesia).”

Elise A. Friedland is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the George Washington University. Her research focuses on Roman sculpture, especially that produced and displayed in the Roman Near East, and the role of religious statuary in cultural exchange. She has published a co-edited volume, The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power (2008, Peeters Press) and a monograph, The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel) (2012, ASOR’s Archaeological ReportSeries). She is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture and is currently at work on a second monograph, Seeing the Gods: Sculptures, Sanctuaries, and the Roman Near East. In 2013, Prof. Friedland was awarded the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. For the AIA, Prof. Friedland has served as President of the Central Florida Society and of the Washington, D.C. Society in addition to serving on the Boards of both of those societies. She has also served on Lecture Program Committee, Societies and Membership Committee, and the Society Outreach Grant Sub-Committee. From 2009-2013, Friedland served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the AIA’s sister organization, the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Alison Futrell is Associate Professor of Roman History with the University Arizona, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah (B.S. in Anthropology), and the University of California at Berkeley (M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology).  Her research is guided by her interest in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics.  Her first monograph, Blood in the Arena, looks at how the institution of the gladiatorial games functioned in the negotiation of power among different groups in the Roman Imperial West. She has appeared as a talking head on a number of documentaries for the History Channel and A & E, including "Hannibal", "The True Story of Gladiators", "Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed," and, most recently, "Boudica: Warrior Queen".

Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Galanakis is Lecturer in Greek Prehistory in the Faculty of Classics; Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.  He holds his degrees from the University of Oxford (D.Phil,. and M. Phil.) and the University of Athens.  His areas of specialization include Aegean archaeology, funerary archaeology, and the antiquities trade.  Dr. Galanakis’ current publications include The Aegean World. A Guide to the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean Collections in the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum and Kapon Editions, 2013), The dealer, the digger, and the agent: the 19th century aniquities trade in Greece (in preparation, Cambridge University Press), and Power of Death. Funerary Architecture and Practice in the Aegean, 1700-1000 BC (in preparation).

“I have participated in excavations, surveys and study seasons in Crete, the Peloponnese and central Greece. I am directing the publication of a number of Late Bronze Age tombs from Thessaly, Messenia and Crete. With the Herakleion Museum in Crete, I am involved in the final publication of the ‘Palm Fresco’ from the Throne Room at the Palace at Knossos, and with Professor V. Aravantinos and Dr I. Fappas on the publication of a Mycenaean building discovered a few years ago at Thebes in Boeotia. In the summer of 2014, I will participate with a group of Cambridge students in the excavations of the Thebes Ephorate at a Mycenaean cemetery near Orchomenos (Boeotia) and in the geophysical survey of the Chalkis Ephorate at Pyrgos hill at Paralia Avlidos (former Dramesi) in central Greece.”

Dr. Galanakis is a 2014/2015 Kress Lecturer for the AIA.

Maryl Gensheimer is Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology with the Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland.  She holds her degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts NYU (Ph.D.) and Williams College, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy for her doctoral work on the Baths of Caracalla.  Her research interests are the art and architecture of the city of Rome, along the Bay of Naples, and in Asia Minor, and particularly the ancient cities and urban life of these areas.  Among her current publication projects are Decoration and Display in Rome’s Imperial Thermae: Messages of Power and their Popular Reception at the Baths of Caracalla (under review) and “Decoration as Deliberate Design: the Strategic Use of Polychrome Marbles at the Baths
of Caracalla” in Radical Marble, edited by Nicholas Napoli and William Tronzo (forthcoming).


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