Meet Our Lecturers

Goran Nikšić is the City Archaeologist and Architect for City of Split in Croatia (Service for the Old City Core), and the Senior Lecturer on architectural conservation at the University of Split.  He holds his degrees from the University of Zagreb (Ph.D.), the University of York, and the University of Belgrade.  His areas of specialization are architectural conservation and the history of architecture, particularly Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture.  From 2004 on he has served as an expert for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).  Dr. Nikšić is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2017/2018.

Kieran O'Conor is a graduate of University College, Dublin (UCD) and has a PhD from University College Cardiff, Wales. He worked during much of the 1990s for the Archaeological Survey Branch of the National Monuments Service ( Dúchas - The Heritage Service) in Counties Roscommon, Sligo, Longford, Westmeath and Wexford. In 1996 he excavated Carlow Castle as part of his work for the latter institution. Dr O’Conor has also taken part in excavations and field surveys in England, Wales, mainland Greece and Crete. He was appointed a research fellow at the Discovery Programme in 1997 and was then made director of Medieval Rural Settlement project there in early 1999.

Dr O'Conor joined the staff of NUI, Galway in September 2000.  He has published widely on the subjects of castles, medieval rural settlement, elite settlement in high medieval Gaelic Ireland and medieval landscapes. Dr O'Conor is English language editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Chateau Gaillard. He also has been very successful in linking his research to heritage tourism initiatives in County Roscommon. O’Conor strongly believes in sharing his research with rural communities throughout the West of Ireland and the Midlands. 

Dr. O'Conor is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2017/2018.

James Osborne is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology with the Oriental Institute's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago.  He holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of Toronto, and his research interests include the Bronze and Iron Ages of the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean, complex societies and urbanism, landscape archaeology, and GIS and remote sensing. Professor Osborne is the Director of the Tayinat Lower Town Project (TLTP), and his publications include Approaching Monumentality in Archaeology (SUNY Press, 2014) and The Syro-Anatolian City-States: Portraits of an Iron Age Culture (in preparation, Oxford University Press).

John K. Papadopoulos is Professor of Archaeology & Classics with the Cotsen Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Papadopoulos received his PhD from the University of Sydney, and remained there as a professor until 1994, when he took a curator position at the J. Paul Getty Museum.  His areas of specialization are the archaeology of Greece (especially Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Archaic and Classical periods), the archaeology of colonization, and the integration of archaeological and literary evidence in the study of the past.  He has excavated widely in Australia at Aboriginal and historic sites, as well as in Greece, Albania and Italy.  He is currently the co-director at excavations of a prehistoric burial tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania.  Professor Papadopoulos has authored, co-authored or edited 9 books and over 75 articles.  He has held both the AIA’s Norton and Joukowksy Fellowships, and in 2010/2011 was the AIA’s Thompson Lecturer.


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Tate Paulette is an Assistant Professor in the History department at North Carolina State University; he received his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D. and M.A.) and the University of Edinburgh (M.A.). His research revolves around agricultural practices, gastro-politics, and state making in Mesopotamia and the broader Near East, with a particular focus on the Bronze Age. He is currently co-directing archaeological investigations at the site of Makounta Voules in Cyprus, and he has been spearheading an effort to recreate Sumerian beer using authentic ingredients, equipment, and brewing techniques. Dr. Paulette's recent publications include “Pigs and the pastoral bias: The other animal economy in northern Mesopotamia (3000–2000 BCE)” (co-authored with M. Price and K. Grossman, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology), “Potent potables of the past: Beer and brewing in Mesopotamia" (co-authored with M. Fisher, The Ancient Near East Today), and “Grain, storage, and state making in Mesopotamia (3200–2000 BC)” (in Storage in ancient complex societies: Administration, organization, and control, Routledge, 2016).


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