Meet Our Lecturers

Dr. Magness-Gardiner is the former Art Theft Program Manager for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and holds her degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Arizona (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are art theft, fraud, forgery, antiquities trafficking, Near Eastern archaeology, and alternative careers in archaeology.  Dr. Magness-Gardiner received the 2018 AIA Outstanding Public Service Award, and is the AIA's 2018/2019 Wilkie Lecturer.

Elizabeth Marlowe is the Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies and Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval Art in the Department of Art at Colgate University; she holds her degrees from Smith College, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University (PhD).  Her fields of specialization are ancient art, late antiquity, the city of Rome, Roman imperial monuments, modern uses of the classical past, museum studies, critical museum theory, the art market, cultural property, and antiquities looting and repatriation.  Her publications include Shaky Ground: Context, Coonoisseurship and the History of Roman Art (2013), and "Archaeology and Iconography" in the Oxford Handbook of Roman Imagery and Iconography (Cline and Elkins, eds., forthcoming).

Professor Matisoo-Smith is a molecular anthropologist and Professor at the University of Otago's Department of Anatomy; she holds her degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Auckland (MA and PhD).  Her areas of specialization are Pacific prehistory and origins of Pacific peoples, ancient and modern DNA analysis, and she has recently begun work on tracking Phoenician expansions across the Mediterranean.  Professor Matisoo-Smith is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Society of Antiquities, London, and her publications include DNA for Archaeologists (with K.A. Horsburgh, 2012).

Virginia E. Miller is Emerita with the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She holds her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin, and her research covers a range of topics in Maya art, with recent work focusing on northern Yucatán during the Terminal Classic period (ca. A.D. 800-1000), particularly at the important regional capital of Chichén Itzá.  Professor Miller has also been exploring 20th-century Maya revival architecture and monuments, particularly those built in post-revolutionary Mérida, Mexico.  Her publications include The Frieze of the Palace of the Stuccoes, Acanceh, Yucatan, Mexico (1991), a pioneering edited volume, The Role of Gender in Precolumbian Art and Architecture (1988), and numerous articles on Pre-Columbian art and architecture.

Dr. Paul M. Miller holds his degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Edinburgh (M.Sc.. in Mediterranean Archaeology, and Ph.D. in Archaeology), and his research focuses on the development of residential Etruscan architecture between the Iron Age and the Archaic period; other specializations include the architecture of central Italy, environment-behavior relations and behavioral archaeology, chaîne opératoire, and building techniques and technology.  Dr. Miller is the current president of the AIA Denver Society.


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