Meet Our Lecturers

Flora Brooke Anthony

Dr. Flora Brooke Anthony is an art historian with a particular interest in Ancient Egypt.  She 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.  She is currently a part-time Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University.


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.”


Kroum Batchvarov

Kroum Batchvarov is Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology at the University of Connecticut, and holds his degrees from Park College and Texas A&M University (MA and PhD).  He has a number of ongoing projects, including the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (as Co-Principal Investigator), the Rockley Bay Research Project in Tobago (as Project Director and Principal Investigator), and the Vasa project (analysis of construction and documentation of a 17th century Dutch-built man-of-war); he also served as Co-Principal Investigator for the Ropotamo inundated Chalcolithic settlement excavation (part of teh Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project).  His publications include Domestic Economy aboard a Black Sea merchantman (in press), and A Method for Documenting Hidden Structures on Shipwrecks (in review).  Professor Batchvarov is the AIA’s McCann/Taggart Lecturer for 2019/2020.


Stephen D. Batiuk

Dr. Stephen Batiuk is Senior Research Associate and Lecturer with the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, as well as Director of Excavations for the Tayinat Archaeological Project (Turkey) and the Project Manager for the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project.  He holds his degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and the University of Ottawa, and his areas of specialization include Near Eastern archaeology (particularly the Bronze and Irons Ages of Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus), and the origins of viticulture and viniculture.


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 is 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 is a 2019/2020 Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


Bernadette Cap

Bernadette Cap is  Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Anthropology; she holds her degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. and M.S.), and Cleveland State University.  Her area of specialization is ancient Mesoamerica, particularly the Classic Maya economy.  Dr. Cap’s dissertation, Classic Maya Economies: Identification of a Marketplace at Buenavista del Cayo, Belize, was awarded the 2017 Best Dissertation Award by the Society for American Archaeology. 


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