Meet Our Lecturers

Amanda Herring

Amanda Herring is Assistant Professor with the Department of Art and Art History at Loyola Marymount University.  She holds her degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of California, Los Angeles (MA and Ph.D), and specializes in Hellenistic Greece, particularly how architecture and sculpture were used as expressions of identity during a period of rapid social and political change. Dr. Herring also examines the reception of the classical past in the modern world, and her current research project examines the superhero Wonder Woman and the manner in which her comics reinterpret and depict Greek myths, particularly their transformation of Amazons from antagonists to heroes. 

Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith

Professor Matisoo-Smith is a molecular anthropologist and Professor at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy; she holds her degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Auckland (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are Pacific prehistory and origins of Pacific peoples, ancient and modern DNA analysis, and she has recently begun work on tracking Phoenician expansions across the Mediterranean.  Professor Matisoo-Smith is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Society of Antiquities, London, and her publications include DNA for Archaeologists (with K.A. Horsburgh, 2012).

Elizabeth Marlowe

Elizabeth Marlowe is the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies and Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval Art in the Department of Art at Colgate University; she holds her degrees from Smith College, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University (PhD).  Her fields of specialization are ancient art, late antiquity, the city of Rome, Roman imperial monuments, modern uses of the classical past, museum studies, critical museum theory, the art market, cultural property, and antiquities looting and repatriation.  Her publications include Shaky Ground: Context, Coonoisseurship and the History of Roman Art (2013), and “Archaeology and Iconography” in the Oxford Handbook of Roman Imagery and Iconography (Cline and Elkins, eds., forthcoming).

Eve D’Ambra

Eve D’Ambra is the Agnes Rindge of Claflin Professor of Art History at Vassar College, and she holds her degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of California, Los Angeles (MA) and Yale University (PhD).  Her fields of specialization are Roman sculpture and portraiture, as well as Roman art, architecture, and urbanism in the capital and the provinces.  Her publications include Roman Women (2007, part of the series The Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization), and Beauty and the Roman Portrait in the High Empire (in progress).

Hannah Friedman

Hannah Friedman is Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology at Texas Tech University; she holds her degrees from University of California San Diego, and the University of Leicester (MA and PhD).  Her research interests include ancient Roman slavery, agriculture, pollution, and spatial control through observation, and she is currently Co-Principal Investigator at the Libarna Urban Landscape Project in Italy, and at the Barqa Landscape Project in Jordan.

Heather Sharpe

Heather Sharpe is Assistant Professor of Art History at West Chester University; she holds her degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and Indiana University, Bloomington (MA and PhD).  Professor Sharpe’s areas of specialization are Greek and Roman small bronzes, and her publications include “Bronze Statuettes from the Athenian Agora: Evidence for Domestic Cults in Roman Greece” in Hesperia (83, 2014).

John Soderberg

John Soderberg is Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Denison University,and holds his degrees from Middlebury College, Boston College (MA), and the University of Minnesota (PhD).  He has excavated sites in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. His main research interest is the archaeology of religion, with a focus on the development of large religious centers in Ireland from the Iron Age into the Middle Ages. Other interests include the development of cities, medieval Northern Europe, zooarchaeology, and three-dimensional scanning of artifacts.

John W. Arthur

John Arthur is Associate Professor with the Department of Society, Culture, and Language at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and holds his degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio (MA), and the University of Florida (PhD).  His research interests are ethnoarchaeology, the archaeology of beer, ceramic technology, experimental archaeology, craft specialization, complex societies, African archaeology and North American archaeology, and his current project is on interpreting social stratification from African archaeological and living contexts.  His work in the Gamo highlands (southwestern Ethiopia) with Kathryn Arthur and Matthew Curtis led to the 2015 article in Science describing a 4,500 year old male human skeleton from Mota Cave that provided the first complete ancient human genome sequenced from the African continent found.

Annette Lee

Annette S. Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers (NSW) research and programming initiative with three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher. The overarching goal of NSW is to communicate the knowledge that indigenous people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and sustainable engineering through a living and participatory relationship with the above and below, sky and earth. We hope to inspire all people to have a rekindling or deepening sense of awe and personal relationship to the cosmos.

Currently Annette is an Associate Professor of Astronomy & Physics at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), Director of the SCSU Planetarium, and an Indigenous STEM consultant for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College.  Annette is mixed-race Native American and her communities are Ojibwe and D(L)akota. Particular focus will be on examples, tools, and strategies of this interdisciplinary and intercultural, community based research, the Native Skywatchers initiative.  Professor Lee is the 2018/2019 AIA Webster Lecturer.

Jordan Karsten

Jordan Karsten is Assistant Professor with the Department of Religious Studies and Anrthopology at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and he holds his degrees from Grand Valley State University and the State University of New York at Albany (MA and PhD).  He is a biological anthropologist with research interests in human osteology, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and paleoanthropology. A major focus of his current work has been investigating the biological and behavioral consequences of the transition to agriculture in prehistory, carried out through the analysis of human skeletons dating to the Neolithic period that he has excavated from Verteba Cave, Ukraine.

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