Meet Our Lecturers

Jennifer Ramsay is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the College of Brockport, SUNY; she holds her degrees from Simon Frasier University (Ph.D.), the University of Sheffield (MSc.), and the University of Victoria (B.A.).  Her research interests are archaeobotany, subsistence reconstruction, trade patterns, environmental change and land-use patterns.  She is Assistant Director and Project Archaeobotanist for the Petra North Ridge Project, and also serves as the Archaeobotanist for an array of other sites including the Legio excavations for the Jezreel Valley Regional Project , the Khirbet Ishkander Project, the Roman Villa at Grace (Sicily), the Huqoq Excavation Project, the Petra Pool and Garden Complex (where she is also the Fieldschool Director), the Tall al-Umayri Project, and the Roman Aqaba Project.  Her recent publications include “A Diachronic Look at the Agricultural Economy at the Red Sea Port of Aila: An Archaeobotanical Case for Hinterland Production in Arid Environments” (with S.T. Parker in The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 376, 2016) and “For the Birds - An Environmental Archaeological Analysis of Byzantine Pigeon Towers at Shivta (Negev Desert, Israel), (co-author, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, October 2016).

Professor Brian Rose is the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is Past President of the AIA.  He holds his degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D.) and Haverford College, and his specialties include Roman art and archaeology, and the archaeology of Anatolia.  He has conducted field work at Aphrodisias, is Co-Director of the excavations at Gordion in Turkey, and is head of the post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy.  Professor Rose has held both the AIA’s Norton and Joukowsky Lectureships.


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Bradley Schaefer is Distinguished Professor and Alumni Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University; he holds his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Professor Schaefer is the 2017/2018 AIA Webster Lecturer.

"I have a wide range of interests throughout astrophysics, including Gamma-Ray Bursts, supernovae, supernova remnants, supernova progenitors, historical records of supernovae, novae, recurrent novae, superflare stars, low mass X-ray binaries, eclipsing binaries, Nereid, Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects, sunspot counts, the visibility of objects in the sky (especially lunar crescents and heliacal rises), astronomical effects on history, the accuracy of the press in reporting astronomy, the origin of the Greek and Chinese constellations, archaeoastronomy, astronomical events in history (e.g., the Crucifixion and the Star of Bethlehem), and astronomical events in literature (especially in The Hobbit and in the Sherlock Holmes canon)."

Alan Shapiro is the W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology Emeritus and Academy Professor with the Department of Classics, Johns Hopkins University; he holds his degrees from Princeton University (Ph.D.), the University of California at Berkeley, and Swarthmore College.  He is a classical archaeologist with a particular interest in Greek art, myth, and religion in the Archaic and Classical periods. He has written numerous studies of Greek vase iconography, including Personifications in Greek Art (1993) and Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece (1994). His interest in the interrelationship among art, religion, and politics is best represented in his book Art and Cult under the Tyrants in Athens (1989; Supplement, 1995). Professor Shapiro is currently working on a study of Theseus in fifth-century Athens.

Tyler Jo Smith is Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology with the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.  She holds her degrees from Merton College, Oxford (D.Phil.) and Davidson College, and her areas of specialization are Greek vase painting and iconography, the art and archaeology of performance, the art and archaeology of religion, and Anatolian archaeology.  Her current publication projects are The Art of Greek Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press), Greek Vases: Art, Society, and Meaning (Cambridge University Press), and Sir John Sloane’s Greek Vases (Archaeopress).


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