Meet Our Lecturers

Heather Sharpe

Heather Sharpe is Assistant Professor of Art History at West Chester University; she holds her degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and Indiana University, Bloomington (MA and PhD).  Professor Sharpe’s areas of specialization are Greek and Roman small bronzes, and her publications include “Bronze Statuettes from the Athenian Agora: Evidence for Domestic Cults in Roman Greece” in Hesperia (83, 2014).

Kim Shelton

Kim Shelton is the Director of the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley. She is responsible for the present/future excavation and research program at the Pan-Hellenic Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Kim previously taught for the University of Texas Classics department (2002-2005) and for nine years before that she was in a research position at the archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece. Her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology is from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim works on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology in general and Mycenaean pottery more specifically. She is working on a number of projects stemming from her work at Mycenae including the publication of Tsountas House, the earliest part of the Cult Centre and of Petsas House, a ceramic warehouse and domestic complex in the settlement currently under excavation.  Professor Shelton was an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Debby Sneed

Debby Sneed is a Lecturer in the Department of Classics at California State University, Long Beach. She received her B.A. from the University of Wyoming, her M.A. from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research interests are disability in ancient Greece, identity and marginalization in ancient Greece, and the archaeology of ancient Greece.  Her article “The architecture of Access: Ramps at Ancient Greek healing sanctuaries” was published in 2020 (Antiquity vol. 94 No. 376), and forthcoming works are “Disability and infanticide in ancient Greece” (Hesperia, 2021), “Digging While Impaired: Promoting the Accessibility of Archaeology as a Discipline” (under review), and Not Another Other: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Disability and Accommodations in Ancient Greece (monograph in preparation).

Jennifer M. Stager

Jennifer M. Stager is Assistant Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Architecture at John Hopkins University in the Department of History of Art. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, her Master of Studies from Lincoln College at Oxford University, and her A.B. from Harvard College. Her research interests are ancient Mediterranean art and architecture in its global context, with emphasis in theories of color, feminism, aesthetics, materiality, optics, and ancient Greek medicine, as well as the reception of ancient Mediterranean art, ekphrasis, intercultural exchange, and curatorial practice. In 2020 she received a fellowship from the Center of Hellenic Studies for research for her upcoming monograph Deliverance from Pain: Feminisms and Hippocratic Medicine, and her other works in progress include Seeing Ancient Mediterranean Color (under contract), and Public Feminisms Across Time and Space (co-written with L. Easa, under contract).  Professor Stager is an AIA Kershaw Lecturer for 2021/2022.

Miriam Stark

Miriam Stark is a Professor  with the Department of Anthropology at University of Hawai’i at Manoa; she holds her degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her research interests are in Southeast Asia archaeology, particularly the archaeology of Cambodia with a focus on political economy, settlement archaeology, and state formation.  She has supported her  Cambodian archaeological field research since 1996 through multiple external grants. She currently co-directs the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project and the Greater Angkor Project; she is also a  Partner Investigator with the Khmer Production and Exchange Project. Her publication record includes articles, chapters, and several edited volumes, including An Archaeology of Asia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and Cultural Transmission and Material Culture: Breaking Down Boundaries (with B. Bowser and L. Horne; 2008; University of Arizona Press). 

Ann Steiner

Ann Steiner is the Shirley Watkins Steinman Professor of Classics (Emerita) at Franklin and Marshall College. Professor Steiner received her Ph.D., M.A., and A.B. from Bryn Mawr College. Her area of specialization is the uses of pottery in ancient cultures, and her volume Dining in the Center of the Democracy: The Tholos Pottery in Historical Context (in progress) was the recipient of the ASCSA Samuel Kress Foundation Publication Grant.  Since 2002 she has been the Director of Research for the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Excavations at Poggio Colla.Professor Steiner is the AIA Cinelli Lecturer for 2021/2022.

Sarah Symons

Sarah L. Symons is Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Science at McMaster University. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Astronomy and her B.Sc. in Mathematics and Astronomy from the University of Leicester. Her areas of specialization include ancient Egyptian astronomy: observational methods, timekeeping, astronomical diagrams, astronomical texts, and instruments. Since 2012 she has been Director of the McMaster Ancient Egyptian Astronomical Tables Project, a series of archaeological study missions to Egypt and elsewhere collating astronomical instruments, texts, and tables in museum collections and image archives.  Her publications include Down to the Hour: Short Time in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (ed. with K.J. Miller, 2019).  Professor Symons is the AIA Webster Lecturer for 2021/2022 

Davide Tanasi

Davide Tanasi is Associate Professor with the Department of History at University of South Florida, where he directs the Institute for Digital Explorations and he is P.I. of the Mediterreanean Diet Archaeology Project with the Institute for Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment. He specializes in application of innovative technologies for the study of archaeology of ancient Sicily and Malta. His researches in the fields of digital and biomolecular archaeology have generated groundbreaking results and numerous warmly received publications. In 2013-2015 he directed the excavations in the Roman catacombs of St. Lucy in Syracuse and since 2019 he is co-director of the Melita Civitas Roman project for the excavation of the Roman domus of Rabta in Malta.

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).

Jennifer Tobin

Jennifer Tobin is Associate Professor with the Departments of Classics, History, and Art History at the  University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania  (Ph.D.) and Stanford University.  Her areas of specialization are Roman archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, and Anatolian archaeology, she is Director of Excavations for the Bir Madhkur Project in Jordan, and since 1997 she has been the Architectural Consultant to the Tel er Ras excavations in Israel.  Professor Tobin has published and spoken widely, and has also recorded lectures for Modern Scholar.

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