Meet Our Lecturers

Francesca Tronchin is an independent scholar, recently with the Department of Art at Rhodes College.  She holds her degrees from Boston University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Smith College (B.A.), and her areas of specialization are Classical art and archaeology, Greek and Roman Sculpture, Roman domestic architecture and decoration, Pompeii and other Vesuvian sites, and the reception of antiquity in the 18th century.  Dr. Tronchin's recent publications include “Investigating a Posthumous Portrait of Augustus in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Journal of the History of Collections (in press, 2015) and “Heartbreak Hospitium: Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion as an Elite Roman Luxury Villa, Classical Receptions Journal (7.3, 2015).

Tiffiny Tung is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an anthropological bioarchaeologist who studies mummies and skeletons from archaeology sites. In particular, she investigates how ancient imperial policies and practices structure health status, exposure to violence, and lived experience of ruling and subject peoples. Her research on the ‘bioarchaeology of imperialism’ has focused on the Wari Empire of the Peruvian Andes. Her current, NSF-funded research now examines the decline of the Wari Empire, including possible explanations for that decline, as well as its health effects on heartland and hinterland peoples. She has been conducting archaeological and bioarchaeological fieldwork in Peru since 1994 and has done research in Cyprus, Greece, and the Channel Islands of Santa Barbara, among other locales. She has also analyzed human skeletal remains from early Spanish Missions in Florida, archaeological sites in Middle Tennessee, and African slave burials from the former Grassmere Plantation in Nashville. She was also a consultant and presenter for the Discovery Channel series, Mummy Autopsy, in which she travelled to 10 different sites across the globe to analyze skeletons and mummies and educate the public about bioarchaeological research. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Current Anthropology, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Cambridge Archaeology Journal, and Latin American Antiquity, among other journals and edited volumes. She is also the author of the book Violence, Ritual, and The Wari Empire: A Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes (2012).

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 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). She recently published Divining the Etruscan World (Cambridge UP, 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.

Carolyn Willekes has received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Calgary, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, and holds her B.A. from the University of Guelph.   Her research interests are the breeding, training and use of the horse in the ancient world, the art and history of the Near East and East-West relations, Central Asian and Near Eastern nomadic groups, and Greek history and archaeology, especially the late Classical and Hellenistic periods.  Her recent publications include "Horse Racing and Chariot Racing", co-authored with Sinclair Bell, in The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life (Oxford University Press, 2013), and she has a forthcoming volume, The Horse in the Ancient World: From Bucephalus to the Hippodrome.


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