Meet Our Lecturers

John R. Johnson is Curator of Anthropology with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a position he has held since 1986, and is also an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer with the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Satna Barbara.  He received his degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a specialist in California archaeology and ethnohistory, particularly the culture and history of the Chumash Indians and their neighbors in south central California.  He has published more than 40 studies about Southern California Indians, particularly the Chumash, and has also been involved in the production of documentaries.

Michael Jones is a Research Associate with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (Texas A&M University), and holds his degrees from Texas A&M University (Ph.D.) and Boston University.  He is the Principal Investigator for the Yenikapi Wreck 23 Schipwreck Documentation Project at Bodrum, Turkey, and also for the Yenikapi 14 Shipwreck Documentation Project.  Dr. Jones’ research focuses include the maritime archaeology of the Mediterranean, late antique, Byzantine, and early Islamic archaeology, wooden shipbuilding and maritime technology, and shipwreck reconstruction.

Dr. William Keegan is Curator of Caribbean Archaeology and Chair of Anthropology with the Florida Museum of Natural History, and is Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at  the University of Florida, as well as Affiliate Professor for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  His fields of study are Caribbean archaeology, economic and ecological anthropology, horticultural societies and farming systems, island archaeology, and the archaeology of West Indian and Eastern U.S.  He has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Haiti (1995-present), the Turks and Caicos Islands (1978-present), Bahamas (1982-present), Grenada (1989, 1990), Grand Cayman (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1999).

Dr. Nigel Kennell is a Lecturer with the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia.  He holds his degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.) and the University of British Columbia, and his areas of specialization are the history of Sparta, Greek epigraphy, and Greek civic culture in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.  HIs publications include “Age-Class Societies in Ancient Greece?” in Ancient Society (2013), “Boys, Girls, Family and State at Sparta,” in The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Spartans: A New History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010),

Morag Kersel is with the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University, and holds her degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.), the University of Georgia (M.H.P.), the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Queen’s University (B.A.H.).  Her areas of specialization are Eastern Mediterranean and Levantine Prehistory, cultural heritage protection and policy (trade in antiquities, museum practice, and archaeological ethics), and archaeological field school teaching methods.  She is co-director of both the Following the Pots Project in Jordan and the Galilee Prehistory Project in Israel.  Dr. Kersel is the AIA Wilkie Lecturer for 2016/2017.


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