Meet Our Lecturers

Sarah H. Parcak is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation (LGHO).  She holds her degrees with Yale University (B.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.), and is noted for being the first Egyptologist to use satellite imaging to identify new archaeological sites in Egypt.  Her areas of specialization are satellite archaeology, ancient Egypt, remote sensing/GIS, the ancient Near East, Landscape archaeology, ecological issues, and survey methodology.  She has received numerous awards and grants for her work, has conducted several major mapping and survey projects in Egypt, and is currently Director of the Pyramid Fields Hinterland Survey in Egypt.  Current publications include “Protecting cultural remains from space in times of war” (in Planning for Protection of Cultural Heritage, ed. Laurie Rush, The Boydell Press 2010) and “The physical context of ancient Egypt” (in A Companion to Ancient Egypt, ed. Alan Lloyd, Wiley-Blackwell 2010).

Professor Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory with the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  He holds his degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.) and the University of Southampton (B.A.); he is a past Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage.  His research interests include Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain and Europe (particularly funerary analysis and the Beaker People), Madagascar and the Indian Ocean, and public archaeology and heritage.  He is the Principal Investigator of a number of major research projects, including the Stonehenge Riverside Project (2004-2009) and the current Stones of Stonehenge Project; his recent publications include Stonehenge: exploring the greatest Stone Age mystery (2012).  Professor Parker Pearson was an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2011/2012, and is the inaugural Kress Alumni Lecturer for 2015/2016.

Christopher Parslow is Professor of Classical Studies with Wesleyan University, and holds his degrees from Duke University (Ph.D.), the University of Iowa, and Grinnell College.  His areas of specialization are Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, and the topography of Rome.  Professor Parslow's current projects include the Praedia of Julia Felix in Pompeii, and in 2013 he published “The Sacrarium of Isis in the Praedia Iuliae Felicis in Pompeii in its Archaeological and Historical Contexts,” in Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples (Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).

J. Theodore Peña is Professor of Roman Archaeology with Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.  He holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) and Wesleyan University, and his research interests include the archaeology of Roman and pre-Roman Italy, ancient economy and economic archaeology, material culture studies, text-based archaeology, and ceramic studies.  Professor Peña is Director of the Pompeii Artifact Life History Project and the Palatine East Pottery Project. He has published extensively, and his current projects include the Cambridge Handbook of Roman Pottery in the Mediterranean Basin (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).  Professor Peña is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2015/2016.

Barry Perlus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, and Associate Dean of the College of
Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. He has been teaching courses in photography at the
undergraduate and graduate level since 1984. His educational background includes an MFA from Ohio
University, and BA Undergraduate Scholar from Case Western Reserve University.

His artistic practice employs photography and digital imaging, with interests in light, space, and perspective.  Since 2001 he has been working with wide-angle and panoramic photography as a departure from conventional pictorial space. He is recognized for his project The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh, a multimedia website about India’s 18th century astronomy observatories:

Dr. Perlus is the AIA Webster Lecturer for 2015/2016.


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