Meet Our Lecturers

Dr. Sethuraman Suresh was born in Mumbai (Bombay) and educated in Delhi, Chennai (Madras), Mysore and London. He holds a Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Madras. Throughout school and college he was at the top of his class, and was first ranked at the Master’s level. He obtained a PhD. in Classical Archaeology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and another PhD in Medieval Indian Art from the University of Mysore, Mysore. He also holds a Diploma in Rail Transport and Management (Ministry of Railways, Government of India) and a Certificate in Historic Preservation (National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S.) 

He has been the recipient of several prestigious prizes, awards and fellowships including the Junior Research Fellowship of the Institute of Archaeology of the Archaeological Survey of India, Junior Research Fellowship of the University Grants Commission (India), Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Study Grant and Foreign Travel Grant of the Indian Council of Historical Research, Fellowship of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation, New Delhi, Travel Grant of INLAKS Foundation, London, Nehru Visiting Fellowship and Small Study and Research Grant of the Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Rotary Group Study Exchange Fellowship (U.S.) and the Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (U.S.). As a Fulbright Scholar, he lectured at many American Universities including Harvard. He was awarded the INTACH-SATTE Award (2011) for his innovations in heritage tour designing and tour-guiding and the P.L. Gupta Memorial Medal of the South Indian Numismatic Society (2012) for his researches on the Roman coins found in India.

Dr. Suresh has toured most parts of India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Uganda, the U.K., France, Germany and the U.S. on official and research work. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Youth Organization (Tamil Nadu Chapter) and the South Indian History Congress. He is the Secretary of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Association (RFAA) of Rotary District 3230 (Tamil Nadu, India).

He has published research articles in well-known international academic journals. He has also authored museum catalogues, school textbooks, teacher’s guidebooks, historical novels and travelogues for children. Most of his books have been published by the Oxford University Press. He writes a regular column for the ‘Times Property’ Supplement of The Times of India.

He was earlier a Research Fellow at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, and the French Institute of Pondicherry (India). He is currently Tamil Nadu State Convener, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Chennai, and Consultant, TVS Educational Society and Academic Director, Bharat Travel Services, Chennai. He is most well-known for curating art and numismatics exhibitions for museums and Art Galleries. He has done such exhibitions for the government Museum, Chennai (1992, 2010-11), Kalaimagal Kalvi Nilayam Museum, Erode (1993, 2010, 2012) and the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi (2008, 2011). Based on his research, he has also designed and conducted educational tours (to different historical places/archaeological sites in India and Sri Lanka) for museums, schools, colleges and the general public. He has done such educational travel programs for the United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), at Davidson College, and Earlham College.

Dr. Suresh is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2017/2018.

Kasia Szpakowska is Associate Professor  of Egyptology at the University of Swansea, and Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: 2K BCE.  She holds her degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. and M.A.) and San Francisco State University.  Her research interests are the demonology of ancient Egypt, the archaeology of religion and ritual figures, Egyptian extra-temple ritual and religious practices (primarily the Middle Kindgom through the Third Intermediate Period), gender and daily life in the the Late Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom, and dreams and nightmares in ancient Egypt.  She is also conducting the experimental archaeology Ancient Egyptian Cobra Project.  Dr. Szpakowska's recent publications include “Feet of Fury: Demon Warrior Dancers of the New Kingdom” (in Rich in Years, Great in Victories. Studies in Honour of Anthony J. Spalinger on the Occasion of his 70th Feast of Thoth, edited by R. Landgráfová and J. Mynářová, Charles University in Prague, 2016) and Infancy in a Rural Community: A Case Study of Early Childhood at Lahun” (in The Proceedings of the Xth International Congress of Egyptologists, ed. P. Kousoulis and N. Lazardis, Peeters 2016); she is also the author of Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Reconstructing Lahun (Blackwell Publishing, 2008) and Behind Closed Eyes: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt (The Classical Press of Wales 2003).

Jennifer Tobin is Associate Professor with the Departments of Classics, History, and Art History at the  University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania  (Ph.D.) and Stanford University.  Her areas of specialization are Roman archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, and Anatolian archaeology, she is Director of Excavations for the Bir Madhkur Project in Jordan, and since 1997 she has been the Architectural Consultant to the Tel er Ras excavations in Israel.  Professor Tobin has published and spoken widely, and has also recorded lectures for Modern Scholar.

Jean MacIntosh Turfa is a Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where she helped reinstall the Kyle M. Phillips Etruscan Gallery. She has participated in excavations at Etruscan Poggio Civitate (Murlo), ancient Corinth, Dragonby (Lincolnshire), and native and colonial sites in the USA. She has published research on the Etruscan collections of the University of Pennsylvania, Manchester and Liverpool Museums, and the British Museum, and has taught at the University of Liverpool, the University of Illinois (Chicago), Loyola University of Chicago, Dickinson and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s University. She is a Foreign Member of the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici and edited The Etruscan World (Routledge, 2013). With Stephanie Budin she edited Women in Antiquity (Routledge, 2016). With Marshall Becker and Bridget Algee-Hewitt, she has published Human Remains from Etruscan and Italic Tomb Groups in the University of Pennsylvania Museum (Biblioteca di Studi Etruschi 48, 2009). She recently published Divining the Etruscan World (Cambridge, 2012) which presents the first English translation of a lost Etruscan text on thunder-omens, and has appeared on Discovery and History Channel programs on the Etruscans, Hannibal, and Archimedes’ ocean-liner the Syracusia. She has just co-authored with Marshall Becker The Etruscans and the History of Dentistry: The Golden Smile through the Ages (Routledge, 2017). Her current research projects include Etruscan medicine and anatomical votives, disease and medicine in ancient Italy, Etruscan technology, seafaring and commerce, Etruscan and Italic tomb groups and human remains, and the Etruscan-Punic alliance admired by Aristotle.


Aleydis Van de Moortel is Professor and Head of the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr College (Ph.D.), Texas A&M, Catholic University of Leuven, and Universitaire Faculteiten St. Ignatius, Antwerp. Her research interests are the rise and decline of complex societies, Aegean prehistory, Minoan pottery, cultural interconnections in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean, and ancient and medieval ship construction.  Professor Van de Moortel is director of archaeological excavation at the Mitrou Archaeological Project, Central Greece, Minoan pottery analyst for the Abords Nord-Est (Malia, Crete), and director of archaeological study of the medieval Utrecht I Ship (Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark).


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