Meet Our Lecturers

Kenneth E. Seligson

Kenneth E. Seligson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University Dominguez Hills, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and recently Lecturer with the University of Southern California.  He holds his degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Brown University (A.B.).

“I am an anthropological archaeologist studying human-environment relationships in the northern Maya lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Specifically, my research has focused on understanding changing resource management practices related to the production of burnt lime in the hilly Puuc region of the Yucatan.”

Nancy Serwint

Nancy Serwint is with the School of Art at Arizona State University, and holds her degrees from Princeton (Ph.D. and M.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A.).  Her current research interests include the coroplastic arts of Cyprus and ancient Israel, particularly production and manufacturing, cross-cultural stylistic influences, and the role played by terracotta votive sculpture in cult ritual and religious worship.

Kim Shelton

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.  Professor Shelton was an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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 L. 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).

Jean MacIntosh Turfa

Jean MacIntosh Turfa is a Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where she helped reinstall the Kyle M. Phillips Etruscan Gallery. She has participated in excavations at Etruscan Poggio Civitate (Murlo), ancient Corinth, Dragonby (Lincolnshire), and native and colonial sites in the USA. She has published research on the Etruscan collections of the University of Pennsylvania, Manchester and Liverpool Museums, and the British Museum, and has taught at the University of Liverpool, the University of Illinois (Chicago), Loyola University of Chicago, Dickinson and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s University. She is a Foreign Member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici and edited The Etruscan World (Routledge, 2013). With Stephanie Budin she edited Women in Antiquity (Routledge, 2016). With Marshall Becker and Bridget Algee-Hewitt, she has published Human Remains from Etruscan and Italic Tomb Groups in the University of Pennsylvania Museum (Biblioteca di Studi Etruschi 48, 2009). She recently published Divining the Etruscan World (Cambridge, 2012) which presents the first English translation of a lost Etruscan text on thunder-omens, and has appeared on Discovery and History Channel programs on the Etruscans, Hannibal, and Archimedes’ ocean-liner the Syracusia. She has just co-authored with Marshall Becker The Etruscans and the History of Dentistry: The Golden Smile through the Ages (Routledge, 2017). Her current research projects include Etruscan medicine and anatomical votives, disease and medicine in ancient Italy, Etruscan technology, seafaring and commerce, Etruscan and Italic tomb groups and human remains, and the Etruscan-Punic alliance admired by Aristotle.

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).

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