Meet Our Lecturers

Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom is Chair and Professor of History, Director of the Archaeology Program, and the Kenneth E. Wray Chair in the Humanities at Wittenberg University; she holds her degrees from Wheaton College and Miami University (PhD).  Her areas of specialization are Byzantium and Late Antique Egypt, monastic archaeology, cooking and kitchens, and mud brick architecture.  Her present research projects include John the Little’s Monastary at Wadi Natrun in Egypt, and the Nearby Archaeology at Wittenberg program, and recent publications include The Monastic Landscape of Late Antique Egypt: An Archaeological Reconstruction (2017).


Matthew Harpster

Matthew Harpster is Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History at Koç University, and Director of the Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center; he holds his degrees from The George Washington University, University of St. Andrews (M.Phil.), and Texas A&M University (Ph.D.).  His research interests are ancient Mediterranean maritime landscapes and communities, maritime archaeological theory and history, maritime cultural heritage management, Roman and Byzantine archaeology and history to the First Crusade, and the history of science and technology.  Professor Harpster is the Principal Investigator for the Maritime Survey of the Amalfi Costiera.  He is the AIA McCann-Taggart Lecturer for 2018/2019.


Nicholas K. Rauh

Nicholas Rauh is Professor of Classics at the School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University; he holds his degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill (MA and PhD).  His research interests are Rough Cilicia, Greco-Roman maritime culture, survey archaeology, and ancient transport jars.  Professor Rauh was the Project Director of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project from 1996 to 2011, and his current field project is the Bogsak Archaeological Survey; he is also involved in the Catalogue of the Amphora Collection of the Anamur Archaeological Museum.  His recent publications include A Short History of the Ancient World (with H. Kraus, 2017).  Professor Rauh is the AIA Hanfmann Lecturer for 2018/2019.


Ömür Harmanşah

Ömür Harmanşah is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago; he holds his degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (MA) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD).  His areas of specialization include the art, architecture and material culture of the ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Syria during the Bronze and Iron Ages.  His current field projects are the “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene” Project (Hunza Valley, Northern Areas in Pakistan), the Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project (Ilgın-Konya Province, Turkey), and the Gordion/Yassıhöyük Archaeological Project.


Paul M. Miller

Dr. Paul M. Miller holds his degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Edinburgh (M.Sc.. in Mediterranean Archaeology, and Ph.D. in Archaeology), and his research focuses on the development of residential Etruscan architecture between the Iron Age and the Archaic period; other specializations include the architecture of central Italy, environment-behavior relations and behavioral archaeology, chaîne opératoire, and building techniques and technology.  Dr. Miller is the current president of the AIA Denver Society.


R. Angus K. Smith

R. Angus K. Smith is Associate Professor of Greek Archaeology with the Classics Department of Brock University; he holds his degrees from Dartmouth College, Cambridge University (MPhil), and Bryn Mawr College (MA, PhD).   His research interests are Greek archaeology, Aegean prehistory, ceramic analysis, and mortuary analysis, he is currently Associate Director of excavations at the Minoan town of Gournia on Crete, and he was Co-Director of the recently completed Ayia Sotira excavation project at Nemea.  Professor Smith is the 2018 recipient of the Brock University Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.


Rubina Raja

Rubina Raja is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art in the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University; she holds her degrees from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Oxford (M.St. and D. Phil.).  Her research interests include urban development and culture, the eastern Roman Provinces and Levant, the Hellenistic to early medieval periods, and religious identities.  She is the Principal Investigator and Director of a number of research projects, including the Ceramics in Context project, the Palmyra Portrait Project, the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project, the Lived Ancient Religion Project (as Co-PI and Co-Director), and the Centre of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions project.  Professor Raja is an AIA Kershaw Lecturer for 2018/2019.


Stephanie Lynn Budin

Dr. Stephanie L. Budin holds her degrees from the American University and the University of Pennsylvania (MA and Ph.D), and has also studied at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the American School in Vienna, and the Sorbonne.  Her research interests include ancient Greece and the Near East, and gender issues.  Dr. Budin’s recent publications include Women in Antiquity: Real Women  Across the Ancient World (co-edited with J. M. Turfa, 2016), and Gender, Methodology and the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the Second Workshop held in Barcelona, February 1-3 2017 (co-editor, forthcoming).


Tiffany Earley-Spadoni

Tiffany Earley-Spadoni is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Central Florida; she holds her degrees from the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are geographic information systems (GIS), Digital Humanities, and the Ancient Near East.  Professor Earley-Spadoni is the Director of the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project in Armenia, and she is currently working on a monograph on “Urartu: a Spatial History” (in preparation).


Troels Myrup Kristensen

"I was trained in Aarhus, Leicester, Cambridge, Winnipeg, Athens and Rome. Currently, I am Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. I have recently finished a five-year collaborative research project, “The Emergence of Sacred Travel (EST): Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage”, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research’s Sapere Aude research excellence programme. Since 2016, I have been Work Package Leader in the Horizon2020-funded “CoHERE: Performing and Representing European Identities” project, working on the role of Classical Antiquity in constructions of European and national identities. I also have a variety of administrative roles, such as directing the PhD Programme in History, Archaeology and Classical Studies in AU’s Graduate School of Arts, and the research programme “Classical Antiquity and its Heritage”in the School of Culture and Society.

My research interests lie broadly within the study of visual culture in the ancient world, the material culture of ancient pilgrimage, late antique art and archaeology as well as the contemporary ‘consumption’ of heritage. My first monograph, Making and Breaking the Gods. Christian Responses to Pagan Sculpture in Late Antiquity, was published in October 2013. Current projects include monographs on Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage and Classical Antiquity and European Identitites, both for Routledgeas well as anthologies on Going, Gathering and Giving: Economies of Sacred Travel in the Ancient World (co-edited with Anna Collar, to be published with Brill’s ‘Religions in the Greco-Roman World’ series), and Sacred Treasures. Collecting and Inscribing Art in Ancient Sanctuaries (co-edited with Jane Fejfer, to be published with Routledge’s ‘Image, Text and Culture in Classical Antiquity’ series)."

Professor Kristensen is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2018/2019.


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