Meet Our Lecturers

Rebecca Benefiel is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics at Washington & Lee University, and is also affiliate faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program there.  She holds her degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and conducted additional graduate study in epigraphy at L'Università di Roma, "La Sapienza".  Her fields of research include Roman social and cultural history, Pompeii (particularly graffiti), Latin epigraphy, Roman archaeology, Latin literature.  Professor Benefiel is a past AIA Olivia James Traveling Fellowship recipient, and In 2011 she was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Professor Andrea M. Berlin is the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology at Boston University. She received an MA in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. She has been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean for over thirty years, working on projects from Troy in Turkey to Coptos in southern Egypt to Paestum, in Italy. Her speciality is the Near East from the time of Alexander the Great through the Roman era, about which she has written four books and over forty articles. Prof. Berlin is especially interested in studying the realities of daily life, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity. She is one of the Archaeological Institute of America’s most accomplished teachers and lecturers, having travelled to over 60 societies across the United States and Canada, most recently as the AIA’s 2008 Joukowsky Lecturer. In 2009 she was awarded the AIA’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Peter Bogucki is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University.  He received his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of Pennsylvania.  Since 1976 he has studied early farming societies in Europe (ca. 6000 - 3000 B.C.), specifically in Poland with excavations at the sites of Brześć Kujawski and Osłonki.  Dr. Bogucki has published extensively, and received numerous honors for his work.

Kevin Brownlee is Ininew from Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation (Norway House) and currently holds the position Curator of Archaeology at The Manitoba Museum. Kevin graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Arts in Anthropology 2005. Brownlee has spent his career working with Indigenous communities raising awareness of ancient heritage and archaeology. His research focus is on the archaeology of Central Canada’s particularly the boreal forest and sub-arctic and the emerging field of Indigenous archaeology.

Sheramy Bundrick is associate professor of art history at the University of South Florida St Petersburg, where she has been teaching since 2001.  She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in art history at Emory University, and she has held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation.  Most recently, she was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome during the 2013-14 academic year.  Her book Music and Image in Classical Athens was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005, and she is the author of journal articles and book chapters on ancient Greek art and imagery.  Her current projects concern the import and reception of ancient Athenian vases by the Etruscans.


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