Meet Our Lecturers

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer,  Professor in Anthropology and teaches archaeology and ancient technology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has taught at Madison since 1985 and is currently Director of the Center for South Asia, UW Madison.  His main focus is on the Indus Valley Civilization and he has worked in Pakistan and India for the past 40 years.  Dr. Kenoyer was born in India and lived there until he came to the U.S. for college. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his MA and PhD (1983) in South Asian Archaeology from the same university. He speaks several South Asian languages and is fluent in Urdu/Hindi, which is the major language used in Pakistan and northern India. He has conducted archaeological research and excavations at both Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, two of the most important early sites in Pakistan, and has also worked in western and central India. He has recently been involved in research in China as well as Oman, where he is searching for links between the Indus and other early civilizations. He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion.  These interests have led him to study a broad range of cultural periods in South Asia as well as other regions of the world.
Since 1986 he has been the Co-director and Field Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project in Pakistan, a long term study of urban development in the Indus Valley. He was Guest Curator at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison for the exhibition on the Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, which toured the U.S. in 1998-1999. In 2003  he was consultant for the Indus section of Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus exhibition curated by Joan Aruz at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has also been co-curator of the  Tana-Bana: Warp and Weft - The Woven soul of Pakistan, exhibition with  Noorjehan Bilgrami and J. M. Kenoyer, at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA, February, 2003, and at the Mingeikan Museum, Tokyo, April-May 2004.
His work was featured in the July 2003  issue of Scientific American and on the website

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.

Nam Kim is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and holds his degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D.), New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interests include the archaeology of East and Southeast Asia, complex societies and state formation, exchange networks, urbanism, and warfare.  He is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Co Loa Archaeological Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is an Honorary Member of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology.

Andrew Koh is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His areas of specialization are Greek art and archaeology, the Mediterranean and the East, the ethnoarchaeology of Crete, and archaeological science.  Professor Koh has done field work for the ARCHEM Project in Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Turkey.

Professor Kohler is an archaeologist at Washington State University, Pullman, an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute, and a research associate at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Although he holds a PhD from the University of Florida and trained as a southeastern archaeologist, for a long time he has been working mainly in ancestral Pueblo sites in Colorado and New Mexico. He is especially attracted to the big questions that the unique database of southwestern archaeology makes it plausible to address: What are the long-term demographic patterns, and how do these relate to climate-driven fluctuations in maize productivity? How are violence, population size, and economic well-being intertwined? How do long-term patterns of population movement contribute to the formation of identities?

He is a past editor of American Antiquity and a past chair of the Department of Anthropology, WSU, where he is a Regents’ Professor. In 2011 he was selected to deliver Washington State University’s Distinguished Faculty Address, and in 2013, the Village Ecodynamics Project, which he has been coordinating for over a decade, was selected by the First Shanghai Archaeology Forum as one of the top 10 projects in the world in the category “major archaeological research findings.” It was the only project in North America in that category. He is the co-author or co-editor of seven books, including most recently Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages: Models of Central Mesa Verde Archaeology (University of California Press, Berkeley, 2012).

Dr. Kohler has recently been honored with the Alfred Kidder Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA).


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