Meet Our Lecturers

Mont Allen

Mont Allen is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Southern Illinois University, and is also affiliated faculty in the Departments of History and Philosophy there.  He holds his degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.) and 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), and his current publication projects include The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi: Allegory and Visual Narrative in Late Antiquity, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.


David S. Anderson

Dr. David Anderson is an Instructor with Radford University, and holds his degrees from Tulane University (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include public archaeology and the conceptions of heritage, the Formative Period of Maya and Mesoamerican culture, the origins and development of sociopolitical complexity, and academic engagement with pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology.  Dr. Anderson’s current publication projects include Weirding Archaeology: Unearthing the Strange Influences on the Popular Perception of Archaeology(forthcoming, Routledge), and “The Preclassic Settlement of Northwest Yucatán: Recharting the Pathway to Complexity”co-authored with F. Robles C. and A.P. Andrews, in Pathways to Complexity in the Maya Lowlands: The Preclassic Development, (K.M. Brown and G. J. Bey III, eds., University of Florida Press, 2018).


Nathan T. Arrington

Nathan T. Arrington is Associate Professor with the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and is also the founding Director of the Program in Archaeology there.  He holds his degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.), the University of Cambridge, and Princeton University.  His area of interest is classical archaeology, in particular the material culture of ancient Greece from the Early Archaic through the Late Roman periods.  His current publications include At the Margins: Style and Society in Early Athens (forthcoming, Princeton University Press), and Ashes, Images, and Memories: The Presence of the War Dead in Fifth-Century Athens (Oxford University Press 2015, paperback reissue in 2018).  Professor Arrington is the U.S. Director of the Molyvoti Archaeological Project (“Ancient Stryme”) in Thrace.


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.


Anne Austin

Anne Austin is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Her research combines the fields of osteology and Egyptology in order to better understand daily life in ancient Egypt. Specifically, she uses data from ancient Egyptian human remains and daily life texts to reconstruct ancient Egyptian health care networks and identify the diseases and illnesses people experienced in the past. While working in Egypt, Anne discovered the only known ancient Egyptian tattoos on a mummy with over 30 different tattoos. Anne’s next research project will focus on the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt and its potential connections to gender, religion, and medicine. In addition to her interested in Egyptology and osteology, Anne works on improving archaeological data management practices through her participation in an international, collaborative ethnographic research study on archaeological field schools.


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 was the AIA Cinelli Lecturer for 2019/2020.


Danielle Smotherman Bennett

Danielle Smotherman Bennett is a Curatorial Associate working with the ancient Mediterranean art in the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, and was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Classics at San Diego State University.  She holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her areas of specialization include Athenian vase-painting and digital methodologies.  She has extensive museum experience, and has done fieldwork in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and England.  Dr. Bennett’s current publications projects include “Targeted Advertising for Women in Athenian Vase-Painting of the Fifth Century BCE” in Arts, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Article 52 (2019), and Visualizing the Traumatized in Athenian Images of Philomela and Procne,” to be published in Hesperia.


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