Meet Our Lecturers

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.


Gwyn Davies

Gwyn Davies is Associate Professor with the History Department of Florida International University, and holds his degrees from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (Ph.D., M.Res., B.A.), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LL.M.), and University College Wales (LL.B.).  He is the co-director of the Yotvata Roman Fort Project, Israel, and his areas of specialization include Roman siege works.  He has published extensively, and current projects include The 2003-2007 Excavations in the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata (with J. Magness, Eisenbrauns), and “Siege Warfare 27 BC- AD 295” in The Encyclopedia of the Roman Army (Wiley-Blackwell).


Andrea DeGiorgi

Andrea DeGiorgi is Assistant Professor with the Department of Classics, Florida State University.  He holds his degrees from Bryn Mawr College (M.A. and Ph.D.), and the Università di Torino.  His research interests are Roman archaeology and visual culture, late antiquity, Rome’s eastern provinces and their social history, and Roman colonization.  His recent publications include Ancient Antioch: from the Seleucid Era to the Islamic Conquest (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Cosa, Orbetello. Archaeological Itineraries (co-authored with R.T. Scott, Firenze: Pegaso, 2016).  Professor DeGiorgi will be giving the AIA Ettinghausen Lecture for 2019/2020.


John Dobbins

John Dobbins is Emeritus with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Boston University, and College of the Holy Cross.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.


Tiffany Earley-Spadoni

Tiffany Earley-Spadoni is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Central Florida; she holds her degrees from the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are geographic information systems (GIS), Digital Humanities, and the Ancient Near East.  Professor Earley-Spadoni is the Director of the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project in Armenia, and she is currently working on a monograph on “Urartu: a Spatial History” (in preparation).


A. Asa Eger

A. Asa Eger is Associate Professor of the Islamic World with the Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D.) and Rutgers College.  Professor Eger is the AIA Hanfmann Lecturer for 2019/2020.

“I research and teach the Early and Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Near East focusing on the intersection of archaeology and history and how these two lines of evidence relate and create dialogue that strengthens both fields. Specifically, I am interested in frontiers, landscape archaeology, and environmental history. My area of specialization is Anatolia and Syria-Palestine (the Levant) from the Byzantine period through the Early and Middle Islamic periods (until the 12th century). I have excavated and surveyed in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey since 1996 and recently completed directing excavations at a site on the coast of Turkey in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean known as Tüpras Field, the 10th century frontier fortress of Hisn al-Tinat. I also work on issues of gender and sexuality in classical and modern Mediterranean cultures.”


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.


Allison L.C. Emmerson

Allison L.C. Emmerson is Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at Tulane University, and holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Denison University.  Her area of specialization is Roman archaeology, particularly urbanism, marginal areas, and the role of tombs and the dead in ancient cities.  She was the recipient of a 2018 Rome Prize and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.  Her current publication projects include Life and Death in the Roman Suburb with Oxford University Press, and publishing the results of fieldwork at Pompeii and Isthmia.


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.


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