Meet Our Lecturers

Matt Simonton

Matt Simonton is Associate Professor of Ancient History with Arizona State University, and holds his degrees from Stanford University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.).  His areas of specialization are ancient Greek history (Archaic through Hellenistic), the history of political institutions, democracy and oligarchy (ancient and modern), epigraphy, and comparative politics.  Professor Simonton’s 2017 volume on Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History (Princeton University Press) was a co-winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League’s 2018 Runciman Award, and he is also the recipient of a 2020 Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship, and a 2019 National Endowment of the Humanities/American School of Classical Studies at Athens Fellowship.

Tracy Spurrier

Tracy L. Spurrier is an Instructor with the University of Toronto, Scarborough; she is completing her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology with the University of Toronto, where she also earned her M.A., and holds her B.A. from Boston University.  Her research interests include Mesopotamia, the Neo-Assyrian Empire, art and architecture, osteology and paleopathology, and the ideology of kingship.  Her fieldwork has included the Tayinaat Archaeological Project in Turkey, the Syrian-American Excavations at Tell Hamoukar, and the Italian-American Excavations at Wadi Gawasis in Egypt.   She was Assistant Curator for the 2013 blockbuster museum exhibit at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) on Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World, and her publications include “Finding Hama: On the Identification of a Forgotten Queen Buried in the Nimrud Tombs” in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies (April, 2017).  Before moving to Toronto for graduate studies, Tracy was the Membership Coordinator for  AIA headquarters in Boston.

Allison Karmel Thomason

Dr. Allison Karmel Thomason is Professor of Ancient History at Southern Illinois University. She specializes in Mesopotamian art, archaeology and history; ancient Near Eastern art and Neo-Assyrian art. She received her PhD from Columbia University and participated in excavations in Corfu, Greece, with Martha S. Joukowsky and in Ashkelon, Israel with Larry Stager. Her publications include Luxury and Legitimation: Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia (2005, Series: Perspectives on Collecting, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Press), and Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East (eds. K. Neumann and A. Thomason, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, under contract).

Steven Tuck

Steven Tuck is Professor in the Department of Classics, Miami University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and a post-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State University.  His areas of specialization are Roman spectacle entertainment, and Roman imperial art and archaeology, especially ideological display.  He has conducted fieldwork, research and study tours in Egypt, England, Italy and Greece.  He is the author of A History of Roman Art and many articles and chapters on Roman art, especially Roman sculpture. He also publishes on Latin epigraphy including Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum: The Dennison & De Criscio Collections and on spectacle entertainments in the Roman world. He has written and recorded five courses on the ancient world for The Great Courses, and has received 9 awards for undergraduate teaching including the Archaeological Institute of America Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Anthony Tuck

Dr. Anthony Tuck is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics and the Center for Etruscan Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his degrees from Brown University (Ph.D.) and Haverford College, and specializes in early Etruscan culture and ancient textiles. He is the Director of Excavations at Poggio Civitate in Murlo, Italy, and has held Fulbright and Lilly Fellowships. His main publications include Poggio Civitate: The Necropolis of Poggio Aguzzo (2009), First Words: The Archaeology of Language at Poggio Civitate (2013), and Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine (2015).

Mariah Wade

Mariah Wade is Associate Professor of Anthropology with the University of Texas at Austin, and holds her degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from the same.  Her research interests include archaeology and ethnohistory of North America, colonial and post-colonial American Southwest, and Iberian Bronze and Iron Ages and Roman Period.  Her recent publications include Missions, Missionaries and Native Americas: long-term processes and daily practices (2008, University Press of Florida), “You are What you Eat: Toying with the Process of Becoming”, in Toys and Communication (2017, L. Magalhães and J. Goldstein eds., Springer Publishers), “Portuguese presence in Spanish Colonial North America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries” in Mechanisms of Global Empire Building. (2017, A. Polonia and C. Antunes eds, Porto: CITCEM-Afrontamento); her current project is A Land Between Rivers: the castro archaeology of northwestern Portugal (in preparation).

John H. Walker

John H. Walker is Associate Professor of Anthropology with the University of Central Florida, and holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include political and social organization, landscape archaeology, common pool resources, the relationship between nature and culture, complex societies, agricultural intensification, Geographic Information Systems, ceramic analysis, experimental archaeology, the Amazon Basin, the Andes, and Bolivia. He currently works in the Amazon Basin, studying how pre-Columbian farmers engineered that environment, and how the pristine Amazon has in fact been managed and cultivated for thousands of years.  Dr. Walker’s current publication projects include River, Island and Field: A Historical Ecology of the Bolivian Amazon (in preparation).

Hector Williams

Hector Williams is Professor Emeritus of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and directs UBC’s archaeological projects at Stymphalos and Mytilene (Lesbos) in Greece; he has also worked at UBC’s excavations at Anemurium in Turkey and with the University of Pennyslvania’s Gordion Project and the University of Chicago’s excavations at Kenchreai, eastern port of Corinth. Professor Williams is also a maritime archaeologist and Past President and Trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. He has served as President of AIA Canada for four years, as Trustee of the AIA for seven years and on many AIA committees. He has been lecturing to local AIA societies since 1974 and has lectured AIA tours to the Mediterranean and Black Sea. His particular areas of interest are Greek cities, Greek sanctuaries, the Roman period in the eastern Mediterranean, maritime archaeology, and ancient lamps.  Professor Williams is the AIA’s Bass Lecturer for 2019/2020.

Peter H. Wood

Peter Hutchins Wood is Adjunct Professor of History with the University of Colorado- Boulder, and Emeritus Professor of History at Duke University.  He holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.), Oxford University (B.A.), and Harvard College (B.A.), and was a Rhodes Scholar.  His many research interests span early American history and the interactions of diverse cultures, race relations, American painting, and the history of documentary film.  He has published extensively, and received numerous awards and commendations for his work.  As the 2019/2020 AIA Steffy Lecturer, Professor Wood will be speaking on the ancient dugout canoes of the Mississippi-Missouri watershed.

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