Meet Our Lecturers

Sarah Clayton

Sarah Clayton is Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and holds her Ph.D. from Arizona State University.  She specializes in the archaeology of Mesoamerican complex societies, urban landscapes and rural-urban dynamics, the collapse of states, domestic and mortuary ritual, and migration.  She currently directs the Chicoloapan Viejo Archaeology Project, a long-term study of the regional effects of the decline of the Teotihuacan state and the ways in which new communities form under conditions of conflict and political instability.

Pam J. Crabtree

Pam Crabtree is Associate 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, in preparation).

Marie N. Pareja Cummings

Marie N. Pareja Cummings is a Consulting Scholar at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at Dickinson College, Brevard College, and Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from Temple University and her B.A. in classical studies from Indiana University. Her publications include “Aegean Monkeys and the Importance of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Archaeoprimatology: A Reply to Urbani and Youlatos ” (in Primates, 2020)and “Monkey Business: New Evidence for Aegean-Indus Exchange,” (in Ancient Near East Today, 2020), and she has several forthcoming works on Aegean-Indus trade and connections.

(photo credit Dan Loh)

John Coleman Darnell

John Coleman Darnell is Professor of Egyptology at Yale University, Editor in Chief of Yale Egyptological Studies, Curator of the Anthropology at the Yale Peabody Museum, and Director of the Elkab Desert Survey Project.  He holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D.) and Johns Hopkins University, and his research interests include Egyptian religion, cryptography, the scripts and texts of Graeco-Roman Egypt, and the Egyptian Western Desert.  He has published extensively, and recent projects include Theban Desert Road Survey II: The Rock Shrine of Pahu, Gebel Akhenaton, and Other Rock Inscriptions of the Western Hinterland of Qamûla (Yale Egyptological Publications, 2014), and “New Kingdom Cryptography: Graphic Hermeneutics”, forthcoming in A. Stauder and D.Klotz, eds., New Kingdom Cryptography, Basel.

Colleen Manassa Darnell

Colleen Manassa Darnell teaches Egyptian art history at the University of Hartford, is Curatorial Affiliate with the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and is the former William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Associate Professor of Egyptology at Yale University.  She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale in 2005.  Her recent publications include The Ancient Egyptian Netherworld Books (with J. Darnell, Society for Biblical Literature, 2018), Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs, the 2013 catalog for an exhibition that she curated at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.  Her research interests include Egyptian grammar, New Kingdom literary texts, military history, funerary religion, social history, and landscape archaeology.  From 2008 to 2015 she directed the Mo’alla Survey Project, an archaeological expedition that made several discoveries in a province of Upper Egypt.

Kelley Fanto Deetz

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is Director of Education, Programming and Visitor Engagement at Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia, Co-CEO History Arts and Science Action Network, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. She holds degrees in African Diaspora Studies/Anthropology (Ph.D.) from the University of California at Berkeley; African American Studies (M.A.) from the University of California at Berkeley; Black Studies & History (B.A.) from the College of William and Mary. Her areas of specialization are African American history, material culture, archaeology, racial reconciliation, and restorative justice. Her most recent publications include “Memo from a historian: White ladies cooking in plantation museums are a denial of history”, featured on The Conversation in 2019.

Kelly-Anne K. Diamond

Kelly-Anne K. Diamond is Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University, and Adjunct Professor at Immaculata University.  She holds degrees in Egyptology (Ph.D.) from Brown University; Egyptian Archaeology (M.A.) from the University of Toronto; Egyptology (B.A.) from the University of Toronto. Her areas of specialization include gender in ancient Egypt, masculinity studies, ancient Egyptian funerary rites and practices and belief in the afterlife, the language of mourning.  Her current publication projects are “Royal Women Performing Gender in the New Kingdom: Embodying Power Through Female Masculinity” (in progress), “Necrophilia and the Making of New Worlds in H. Rider Haggard’s ‘Smith and the Pharaohs.'”  (in progress),”The Sartorial Choices of Sobekneferu: Louvre Statue E 27135.” JEA(forthcoming), and “Gender, Creator Deities, and the Public Image of Sobekneferu.”  Near Eastern Archaeology (forthcoming 2021).

Michael Dietler

Michael Dietler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he has been teaching since 1995. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Stanford University, and he taught at Yale University before moving to Chicago. He conducts archaeological research in Europe, and ethnographic and historical research in Africa, Europe, and the US, frequently in collaboration with his wife, Ingrid Herbich.  Professor Dietler has been a research fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (France), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe). He has also been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the University of Paris I (Sorbonne-Panthéon), and a research associate of the CNRS Unit 154 at Montpellier-Lattes (France).  His volume on Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France was the 2021 recipient of the AIA Wiseman Book Award.  Professor Dietler is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2021/2022.

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.

Steven Ellis

Steven Ellis is with the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and holds his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.  His areas of specialization include Roman urbanism and social history, ancient architecture, Greek and Roman art and archaeology, and the excavation of complex urban sites; his is the project director for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project at Porta Stabia, and the East Isthmia Archaeological Project.  Professor Ellis has published widely, and has several recent forthcoming works on aspects of his work in Pompeii.

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