Meet Our Lecturers

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).

Miriam Stark is a Professor  with the Department of Anthropology at University of Hawai’i at Manoa; she holds her degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) and the University of Michigan.  Her research interests are in Southeast Asia archaeology, particularly the archaeology of Cambodia with a focus on political economy, settlement archaeology, and state formation.  She has supported her  Cambodian archaeological field research since 1996 through multiple external grants. She currently co-directs the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project and the Greater Angkor Project; she is also a  Partner Investigator with the Khmer Production and Exchange Project. Her publication record includes articles, chapters, and several edited volumes, including An Archaeology of Asia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and Cultural Transmission and Material Culture: Breaking Down Boundaries (with B. Bowser and L. Horne; 2008; University of Arizona Press). 

David J. Stewart is Associate Professor with the Program of Maritime Studies, Department of History, East Carolina University; he is also Director of the North Carolina Vernacular Watercraft Recording Project.  He holds his degrees from Texas A&M University (Ph.D.) and Baylor University, and his current research is in ancient Mediterranean maritime technology, the use of computer-aided drafting (CAD) in ship reconstruction, and maritime culture.  His publications include The Sea Their Graves: An Archaeology of Death and Remembrance in Maritime Culture (University Press of Florida, 2011).  Professor Stewart is the AIA Steffy Lecturer for 2015/2016.

Thomas Strasser is a Professor with the Department of Art and Art History at Providence College, and holds his degrees from Indiana University (Ph.D.), Loyola University (M.A.), and Duquesne University (B.A.).  His areas of specialization are Classical art, archaeology, history and languages, the Cretan Stone Age, Aegean frescoes, Anatolian and Mesopotamian prehistory, and ancient sea-faring.  He served as the Director of Damnoni Excavation on Crete, and has also done extensive fieldwork in Greece and Turkey.

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.


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