Meet Our Lecturers

Nicola Terrenato

Nicola Terrenato is the Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and holds his degrees from the University of Pisa (Ph.D.) and the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.  His areas of specialization are early Rome, Republican Italy, Roman expansion, and field survey, and he is the director of the Gabii Project, and the co-director of excavations at S. Omobono Project.  Professor Terrenato is the AIA Cinelli Lecturer for 2016/2017.

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, Roman 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). Divining the Etruscan World (Cambridge, 2012) presents the first English translation of a lost Etruscan text on thunder-omens. She has given invited lectures at the British Museum and Oxford University (Sommerville College) and has appeared on Discovery and History Channel programs on the Etruscans, Hannibal, and Archimedes’ ocean-liner the Syracusia. The Etruscans and the History of Dentistry: The Golden Smile through the Ages (Routledge, 2017), co-authored with forensic anthropologist Marshall Becker, shows that the Etruscans invented false teeth (dental bridges). Her current research projects include Etruscan medicine, disease and anatomical votives, industrial pollution in ancient Italy, Etruscan technology, seafaring and commerce, and the special Etruscan-Carthaginian alliance admired by Aristotle. “Excavating” in old collections has rewarded her with glimpses of long-forgotten oddities like a Faliscan woman’s wavy red hair and an early Etruscan image (perhaps) of Halley’s comet.

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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