Meet Our Lecturers

Anne Austin

Anne Austin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a past Mellon Fellow in the Scholars in the Humanities program at Stanford University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the Archaeology program at UCLA. Her research combines the fields of osteology and Egyptology in order to document medicine and disease in the past. Specifically, she uses data from the human remains and daily life texts of the ancient Egyptian village of Deir el-Medina to reconstruct ancient Egyptian health care networks and identify the diseases and illnesses people experienced in the past.


Brenda Baker

Brenda J. Baker is Associate Professor of Anthropology with the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at Arizona State University.  She holds her degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Northwestern University, and her research interests include bioarchaeology, human osteology, paleopathology, and mortuary archaeology in North America, Egypt, Sudan (Nubia), and Cyprus.  She has published extensively, served as Principle Investigator for many projects, and received various awards for her work.  Current projects include serving as Director for the Bioarchaeology of Nubia Expedition (BONE).


Douglas Bamforth

Douglas Bamforth is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder:

“I am an archaeologist who works mainly on the Great Plains; I have also worked in the Colorado mountains, coastal California, the California desert, the Great Basin, Germany, and Ireland. I have a major technical interest in the study of how ancient people made and used stone tools. My research has focused on how human use of the Plains landscape responded to long-term environmental change during the Paleoindian period (from roughly 11,000 to 8000 BC); recently, my interests have shifted towards the archaeology of farmers on the central and northern Plains during the last 1000 years. I am currently involved in a long-term field project that examines the archaeology of the Ceramic Period along the Pine Ridge in northwestern Nebraska.”


Amy Barron

Amy Barron is an independent scholar and Curator at the Scugog Shores Museum in Ontario.  She holds her degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and the University of Guelph.  Her areas of specialization are Late Assyria, particularly Assyrian arms and armor, palaces and propaganda of the Neo-Assyrian kings, and the history of archaeology.  She has done fieldwork at Tel Tuneinir in Syria, as well as at Tel Jezreel in Israel and Newark Castle in England.


Hilary Becker

Hilary Becker is Assistant Professor of Classics with the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Binghamton University. She earned her A.B. at Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published articles dealing with Etruscan economy and settlement patterns and co-edited, along with Margarita Gleba, the volume Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion (Brill 2009). She is currently writing a book entitled Commerce in Color about the trade in Roman pigments, an investigation that started with her research on the only surviving pigment shop from ancient Rome.  Professor Becker is the AIA’s Cinelli Lecturer for 2019/2020.


Andrea Berlin

Professor Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She received an MA in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean for over thirty years, working on projects from Troy in Turkey to Coptos in southern Egypt to Paestum, in Italy. Her field of expertise is the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman era, about which she has written four books and over forty articles. Professor Berlin is especially interested in studying the realities of daily life, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity. She is one of the Archaeological Institute of America’s most accomplished teachers and lecturers, having travelled to over 60 societies across the United States and Canada, most recently as the AIA’s 2008 Joukowsky Lecturer. In 2009 she was awarded the AIA’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  Professor Berlin was an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2018/2019.


Alain Bresson

Alain Bresson is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in Classics and History at the University of Chicago, and he was previously Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bordeaux.  He received his doctorate from the University of Franche Comté, and his research interests include the ancient economy, the Hellenistic world, and the epigraphy of Rhodes and Asia Minor.  Awards that he has received for his work include being named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2018-2019, and the Henry Breasted Prize for his 2016 volume on The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy.  Professor Bresson was the 2019/2020 Metcalf Lecturer for the AIA.


Thomas M. Brogan

Dr. Thomas M. Brogan is the Director of the INSTAP Study Center for East Crete.  He holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Wabash College.  His areas of specialization are Aegean prehistory, particularly Minoan material culture (pottery, weights, and architecture), Minoan households, maritime communities and craft production, and Hellenistic art and iconography.  He has been an active member of several excavations in east Crete during the past twenty years, primarily at Mochlos where he has been the assistant director since 1992.  Dr. Brogan has published widely, and received numerous awards for his work, and was a 2019/2020 Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


Aaron Burke

Aaron Burke is with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture at UCLA, and holds his degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.).  His areas of specialization are the archaeology of ancient Israel and the Levant, warfare in the ancient Near East, Phoenicians, historical geography, and cultural heritage management.  He has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, and is currently the Co-Director of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project excavations.


Alexandra Carpino

Alexandra Carpino is Professor of Art History with the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University, and holds her degrees from the University of Iowa (Ph.D.) and Bryn Mawr College.  Her area of specialization is Etruscan art and culture, particularly the art of Etruscan mirrors, and she was the AIA’s Cinelli Lecturer for 2012/2013.


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