Meet Our Lecturers

Mont Allen

Mont Allen is Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Southern Illinois University.  He holds degrees in Art History (Ph.D.), European History (M.A.), and Geography (B.A.) from U.C. Berkeley, and in the History of Religion (M.A.) from Syracuse University.  His areas of specialization include Greek and Roman funerary sculpture, ancient sculptural tools and techniques, Greek mythology, Roman painting, and Late Antique religions.  Professor Allen is a recipient of his university’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (2018).  His book on the strange disappearance of Greek mythological scenes from Roman coffins during the third century — titled The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi: Allegory and Visual Narrative in the Late Empire — is currently in production with Cambridge University Press.


Flora Brooke Anthony

Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony is an art historian with a particular interest in Ancient Egypt.  She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, and holds her degrees from Emory University (Ph.D.), the University of Memphis (M.A.), and Georgia State University.  Her research interests include Ancient Egyptian materials (especially faience), Ancient Egyptian magic and international relations, forgeries and authenticity, and expressions of identity. 


Carrie Atkins

Carrie Atkins is Assistant Professor with the Department of Historical Studies at the University Toronto, Mississauga.  She holds her degrees from Cornell University (Ph.D.), Texas A&M University, and Bowdoin College.  Her research interests include the maritime connections of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly the conceptualization of shipwrecks in the ancient economy.   Professor Atkins is currently the Principal Investigator of the Assessing the Anchorage at Maroni-Tsaroukkas project, and the Principal Co-Investigator of the Between Land and Sea: An archaeological survey of the eroding south-central Cyprus coastline project. Her current book project is Nautical Networks: Cultural Exchange and the Roman Economy, examining the cross-cultural circulation of raw materials, finished products, and people across maritime networks in the ancient Mediterranean (c. 200 BCE-200CE).  Professor Atkins is the AIA Bass Lecturer for 2020/2021.


Bradley Ault

Bradley Allen Ault is Associate Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of Buffalo SUNY. He holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (Ph.D.), Art History (M.A.), Classical Archaeology (M.A.), and Classical Archaeology (M.A.) from Indiana University, and his areas of specialization are Greek and Roman art and archaeology.  His many publications include The Houses: The Organization and Use of Domestic Space. Excavations at Ancient Halieis, 2 (2005), Ancient Greek Houses and Households: Chronological, Regional, and Social Diversity (2005, with L. Nevett), and the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of the Archaeology of Classical Houses and Households (ed., with A. Sebastiani).  Professor Ault is president of the AIA Western New York Society.


Catherine K. Baker

Catherine K. Baker is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, and holds her degrees in Classical Archaeology (Ph.D.), and Classics (M.A.) from the University of Cincinnati; History of Art and Archaeology (M.A.) from New York University; and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (M.A.) from Brandeis University. Her areas of specialization are Roman archaeology and art history; Roman Republican history; ancient urbanism, imperialism, and colonialism; first millennium BCE Central Italy; the Central Apennines; Pompeii and the Bay of Naples; archaeologies of identity; Greek and Roman pottery and small finds; ancient trade and the economy. Her several forthcoming publications include Excavations at Pompeii (I.1, VIII.7, and the Porta Stabia). The Small Finds (with L.A. Lieberman, S.J.R. Ellis and contributors).


Melissa Baltus

Melissa Baltus is Associate Professor at the University of Toledo. She holds degrees in Anthropology (Ph.D. and M.A.) from the University of Illinois; Anthropology (B.A.) from Minnesota State University. Her area of specialization is North American Archaeology, specifically the Cahokia/Mississippian period. In 2018, Professor Baltus received the University of Toledo Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to University Scholarship and Creative Activity.  Her most recent publications include “Communities in Conflict” in Reconsidering Mississippian Households and Communities (A. Betzenhauser and E.W Malouchos, eds., 2021).


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.”


Anthony J. Barbieri

Anthony Barbieri is Professor of History with the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he holds his Ph.D. in Chinese Art and Archaeology from Princeton University.  His areas of specialization are the social, legal, economic, and material-culture history of early imperial China, and Chinese archaeology and epigraphy.  His publications include the forthcoming Perspectives on the First Emperor of China (University of Washington Press).


Jane Baxter

Jane Eva Baxter is Associate Professor in Anthropology at Depaul University, where she is a recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award.  She holds her degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and Boston University.  Her research interests include the archaeology of childhood in 19th century America, and she has directed a number of research projects with DePaul, currently serving as Co-Director of the Bahamas Study Abroad Program.


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 was the AIA Cinelli Lecturer for 2019/2020.


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