Meet Our Lecturers

Carolyn Kennedy

Carolyn Kennedy is a nautical archaeologist with a focus on North American maritime history. She received her Master’s and PhD from Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program where her thesis and dissertation examined the hulls of four 19th-century steamboats in Lake Champlain, Vermont, analyzing how their designs differed and developed over the course of the century as shipbuilders sought to create the ideal hull for the novel steam propulsion. After graduating, Dr. Kennedy spent a year as a research associate using cutting-edge laser-scanning technology to document the disarticulated timbers from three historic shipwrecks in Alexandria, Virginia, and reconstructing the ships digitally to better understand their original design and use. Currently, she is co-directing the Gaspé Maritime Archaeology Project, launched in 2019, which seeks to study the maritime heritage and nautical archaeology of early European colonization and subsistence activities of eastern Québec and Canada. In addition to her interests in the historical and maritime archaeology of Canada and the United States, her research specialties and teaching interests also include public archaeology, analytical archaeology, and the conservation of archaeological materials.

Morag Kersel

Morag M. Kersel is an archaeologist who works in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. Morag is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Museum Studies Minor at DePaul University. She earned a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Master of Historic Preservation (with Distinction) from the University of Georgia, a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Classical Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. In addition to participating in archaeological excavations and surveys in Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey, Morag is interested in the relationship between cultural heritage law, archaeological sites and objects, and local interaction. She has published a number of articles and is the co-author (with Christina Luke) U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage (2013) and co-editor (with M.T. Rutz ) of Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology, and Ethics (2014).

Nam C. Kim

Nam Kim is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and holds his degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D.), New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interests include the archaeology of East and Southeast Asia, complex societies and state formation, exchange networks, urbanism, and warfare.  He is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Co Loa Archaeological Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is an Honorary Member of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology. Prof. Kim is one of the AIA’s 2022/2023 Joukowsky Lecturers.

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow (fondly known to her students at Brandeis as Prof. AOK-O from her initials) has done fieldwork at Herculaneum, Pompeii, and in Jordan, and Tunisia, and survey work or archaeological study in Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, and Turkey.  She works on Roman daily life, urban infrastructure, plumbing and hydraulics, baths and bathing practices, and toilets and sanitation.  She is a recently retired Kevy and Hortense Kaiserman Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Brandeis University, Director of the graduate M.A. program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, and Head of the Division of the Humanities at Brandeis University.  She holds an M.A. in Latin and Greek language and literature and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She was the winner of the national award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Archaeological Institute of America in 2016.  Her friends call her the “Queen of Latrines”. Dr. Koloski-Ostrow is one of the AIA’s 2022/2023 Norton Lecturers.

Fotini Kondyli

Fotini Kondyli (NEH Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology) is a Byzantine archaeologist who works on the Late Antique, Byzantine and Frankish periods (5th-15th c). Her research interests include spatial practices, community building processes and the material culture of Byzantine non-elites. She also works on cultural, economic, and political networks in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Byzantine period (13th- 15th c.). Her work brings together archaeology, archival research, spatial analysis, and the digital humanities. She is the author of Rural Communities in Late Byzantium, Resilience and Vulnerability in the Northern Aegean (2022) that argues for resilient island rural communities and seeks to reinstate non-elites in the historical narrative pointing to their ability to cope with environmental, demographic, and political crises and initiate changes that contributed to their survival and well-being. She is also the coeditor of The Byzantine Neighbourhood. Urban Space and Political Action (2022). As an active field archaeologist, Kondyli has worked in numerous archaeological sites in Greece, Albania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She is currently involved in archaeological projects at Athens, Thebes, northern Attica, and Samothrace.

Sarah Levin-Richardson

Sarah Levin-Richardson is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Her work examines the intersection of Roman material culture (art, architecture, archaeological finds, inscribed texts) and social history. Dr. Levin-Richardson has explored sexuality in Roman Italy and the provinces (highlighting the sexual activity of penetrated men and women, for example), the social functions of Pompeian graffiti (including the literacy and subjectivity of those who inscribed texts and images), and the ways modern cultures look to ancient Rome for paradigms of sexual behavior. This body of research aims to recover the contours of agency for marginalized groups like male and female prostitutes, penetrated men, and lusty women, and is thus influenced by and contributes to feminist and queer theory.

Li Liu

Li Liu is a Sir Robert Ho Tung Professor in Chinese Archeology at Stanford University. Previously she taught archaeology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, for 14 years and was elected as Fellow of Academy of Humanities in Australia. She has a BA in History (Archaeology Major) from Northwest University in China, an MA in Anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. Her research interests include archaeology of early China (Neolithic and Bronze Age), ritual practice in ancient China, cultural interaction between China and other parts of the Old World, domestication of plants and animals in China, development of complex societies and state formation, settlement archaeology, and urbanism.

Lisa Lucero

Lisa J. Lucero (PhD, UCLA, 1994) is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests focus on ritual and power, water management, the impact of climate change on society, sustainability in tropical regions, and the Classic Maya. She has been conducting archaeology in Belize for 30 years and has authored seven books and an array of articles and book chapters. Dr. Lucero uses insights from traditional Maya knowledge to promote tropical sustainability, working with UNESCO Mexico and colleagues in Southeast Asia. Prof. Lucero is one of the AIA’s 2022/2023 Joukowsky Lecturers.

Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch is Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri. She is a specialist in Greek pottery, particularly vase-painting and the social aspects of pottery, and has completed fieldwork in Albania, Greece, and Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. at the University of Virginia, after completing her undergraduate work at Boston University. She has published widely, and has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for her work. One of Professor Lynch’s main publications is The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, published as Hesperia supplement 46, 2011, and the recipient of the 2013 AIA James R. Wiseman Book Award. This volume addresses for the first time a collection of pottery used at symposia that has been found in a domestic context in Athens (rather than a funerary context, which is more usual for such pottery). In the volume Professor Lynch discusses form, function, and context without ignoring the social aspects of Athenian drinking parties as well as other household activities. Prof. Lynch is one of the AIA’s 2022/2023 Norton Lecturers.

Irene Soto Marín

Irene Soto Marín is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Harvard University. Her research Interests include: Roman and Late Antique Egypt; ancient economies with a focus on trade, taxation, and production; numismatics; papyrology; archaeology.

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