Meet Our Lecturers

Joan Breton Connelly

Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist with excavation experience throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus.  Since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition, leading an interdisciplinary investigation of the island’s ecology, geomorphology, archaeology, history, and maritime connectivity. Connelly was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion.  She has had two books named to the Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and her book, The Parthenon Enigma, won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in 2015. Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece (2007) also won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award.  Connelly has also been honored with the AIA’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Chair for Teaching Excellence, and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching Award. She has also lectured on AIA Tours in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Kara Cooney

Kara Cooney’s research in 21st Dynasty coffin reuse focuses on the socioeconomic and political aspects of funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. Her latest monograph, Recycling for Death: Coffin Reuse in Ancient Egypt and the Royal Caches, will appear next year with the American University in Cairo Press. Specializing in social history, gender studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology television series, titled Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is available online. Her popular books include The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, and The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World. Her podcast, Afterlives of Ancient Egypt, features discussions on ancient Egyptian history and society.

Pam J. Crabtree

Pam Crabtree is Professor of Anthropology at New York University, and holds her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. and Ph.D.) and Barnard College.  Her fields of research are zooarchaeology, Medieval archaeology (in particular Anglo Saxon archaeology), later Prehistoric Europe, Near Eastern archaeology and prehistory.  She has published widely, and her current projects include Early Medieval Britain–The Rebirth of Towns in the Post-Roman West (Cambridge University Press).

Tess Davis

Tess Davis, a lawyer and archaeologist by training, is Executive Director of The Antiquities Coalition. Davis oversees the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering worldwide, as well as its award-winning think tank in Washington. She has been a legal consultant for the US and foreign governments and works with both the art world and law enforcement to keep looted antiquities off the market. She writes and speaks widely on these issues — having been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Foreign Policy, and top scholarly journals — and featured in documentaries in America and Europe. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, teaches cultural heritage law at Johns Hopkins University, and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

In 2015, the Royal Government of Cambodia knighted Davis for her work to recover the country’s plundered treasures, awarding her the rank of Commander in the Royal Order of the Sahametrei.  

Francesco de Angelis

Francesco de Angelis is Associate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology with Columbia University, where he is also the Vice-Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean and Associate Director of the Center for Archaeology.  He holds his degrees in Classics and Classical Archaeology from the University of Pisa.  His area of specialization is Etruscan and Roman art and archaeology, and he has received numerous awards from his research and teaching.  He has worked on various cataloguing projects of Etruscan and Roman materials, has published widely, and is Co-Editor of Etruscan News and Oebalus. Prof. de Angelis is an AIA Thompson Lecturer for 2022/2023.

Frédérique Duyrat

Dr. Frédérique Duyrat is the current Director of the Department of coins, Medals and Antiquities in the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France). She is a specialist in the history and numismatics of the Classical and Hellenistic Near East, and a former research fellow at the French Institute of Archeology of the Near-Orient in Damascus (1996-1998). Dr. Duyrat was a lecturer in ancient history at the University of Orléans from 2001 to 2009 before joining the Department of Coins, Medals and Antiquities of the National Library of France in January of 2010 and is now responsible for the collection of Greek coins. She was an associate researcher at the Ernest Babelon Center, Archaeo-materials Research Institute (UMR 5060, CNRS) from 2002 to 2013 and is now associated with the Orient and Mediterranean – Semitic Worlds research team (University Paris – Sorbonne) and at the archeology doctoral school of the University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne. Dr. Duyrat is an AIA Metcalf Lecturer for 2022/2023.

Emily C. Egan

Emily C. Egan is Assistant Professor of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Art and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (PhD. and M.A.), the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.), and Brown University (B.A.). Her research focuses on painted wall and floor decoration in the Bronze Age Aegean and especially at the sites of Mycenae and Pylos, where she is engaged in active fieldwork. From 2019-2020 she served as Fellow in Aegean Art at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. Her publications investigate issues of iconography, artistic agency, cross-craft interaction, and early traditions of Mycenaean mural making. Currently, she is preparing a monograph on the painted floors of the megaron of the Palace of Nestor.

William Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh is Director of the Arctic Studies Center and Curator of the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and holds his degrees from Harvard (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Dartmouth (B.A.).  Dr. Fitzhugh’s areas of specialization are arctic archaeology, circumpolar cultures, Mongolia, and Vikings (especially in the Western Atlantic).  He has done fieldwork in the North Atlantic regions and arctic Russia, and in Mongolia, and has been recognized for his work in exhibits, documentaries, and research. Dr. Fitzhugh is one of the AIA’s 2022/2023 Joukowsky Lecturers.

Scott M. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Scott M. Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. He is an archaeologist who specializes in the archaeology and historical ecology of island and coastal regions, particularly in the Pacific and Caribbean. Much of his research focuses on colonization events, seafaring strategies, adaptive strategies on smaller islands, exchange systems, chronometric techniques, and human impacts on ancient environments. He has active field projects in western Micronesia, the southern Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and the Oregon Coast. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the founding Co-Editor of the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor for Archaeology in Oceania, and serves on the editorial boards for three other journals. Recent publications have appeared in Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Environmental Archaeology, Radiocarbon, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He also has edited several special issues of journals and volumes, including Voyages of Discovery: the Archaeology of Islands (Praeger, 2004), Island Shores, Distant Pasts: Archaeological and Biological Perspectives on the Pre-Columbian Settlement of the Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2010), and Ancient Psychoactive Substances (University Press of Florida, 2018). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), among others.

Maurizio Forte

Maurizio Forte is the William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies in the Department of Classical Studies, Duke University.  He holds his degrees from University La Sapienza in Rome (Ph.D.) and the University of Bologna.  His areas of specialization are classical archaeology, particularly Etruscan and Roman, and digital and virtual archaeology; his current field work projects are at Catalhoyuk in Turkey); and Vulci, Tarquinia, and Cerveteri in Italy.  His most recent publication is Digital Cities in between History and Archaeology (ed. with H. Murteira, Oxford University Press, 2020).  

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