Meet Our Lecturers

Lisa C. Pieraccini received her Ph.D at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Pieraccini lived in Rome for many years where she taught and conducted research at the Etruscan site of Cerveteri. She now teaches in the Classics Department at the University of California Berkeley. Active at the southern Etruscan city, Caere (known today as Cerveteri), her research interests and publications include Etruscan pottery, burial customs, Etruscan and Roman wall painting and the reception of the Etruscans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her book, Around the Hearth: Caeretan Cylinder-Stamped Braziers (2003) is the first comprehensive study of a unique class of over 350 Etruscans braziers. Her analysis examines different aspects of origin, production, iconography, style and chronology. Dr. Pieraccini is also a member of the Instituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici, and co-editor of the book series, Cities of the Etruscans, to be published by the Texas University Press.

Verity Platt is Associate Professor of Classics and History of Art with Cornell University, and holds her degrees from Christ Church, Oxford (D.Phil.), and the Courtald Institute of Art in London.  Her research interests include the history of Greek and Roman art, the relationship between text and objects, ancient theories of representation, concepts of art and the artist in antiquity, the material and visual culture of religion, Roman wall-painting and funerary art, and plaster casts and the theory of replication.  Professor Platt is the author of Facing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion (Cambridge 2011), and co-editor (with Michael Squire) of The Art of Art History in Classical Antiquity (Arethusa, 2010) and A Cultural History of the Frame in Greek and Roman Art (Cambridge, forthcoming). As co-curator of Cornell University's plaster cast collection, she recently oversaw two exhibitions dedicated to the cultural, aesthetic, and pedagogical significance of casts in Europe and North America: Firing the Canon: the Cornell Casts and their Discontents, and Cast and Present: Replicating Antiquity in the Museum and the Academy.

Professor Platt is the AIA Hanfmann Lecturer for 2015/2016.

John M. D. Pohl is Director of the Institute for the Study of the Indigenous Civilizations of the Americas at California State University Los Angeles, and Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA. A specialist in the ancient art and writing of Mexico, Dr. Pohl is noted for bringing the ancient past to life using a wide variety of media and techniques. He has contributed to feature film production design with Dreamworks SKG, and to museum exhibition development with the Walt Disney Company’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Princeton University Art Museum. His most recent endeavors include the acclaimed exhibitions, “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” for the Getty Villa Museum (2010) and “The Children of Plumed Serpent, the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico,” for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art (2012). Dr. Pohl has published numerous books and articles, including Exploring Mesoamerica and The Legend of Lord Eight Deer.

Victoria Reed is the Sadler Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She holds her degrees from Rutgers University (Ph.D. and MA), and Sarah Lawrence College, and trained as an art historian specializing in mediaeval and Renaissance art.  She has been conducting museum and provenance research since 1997, and is currently responsible for the research and documentation of the provenance of the MFA’s encyclopedic collection, the review of review of potential acquisitions and loans, and the development of due diligence policies and practice throughout the curatorial division.  Dr. Reed has lectured widely and published extensively on matters related to provenance research, including the issue of Nazi-era looting and restitution.


Lauren Ristvet is Associate Professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cambridge (Ph.D, M.Phil.) and Yale University, and her research areas are Near Eastern history and archaeology (particularly the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia) with an emphasis on the formation and collapse of archaic states, landscape archaeology, human response to environmental disaster, and ancient imperialism. She is Associate Director of the excavations at Tell Leilan, Syria (ancient Shehna/Shubat-Enlil), and Co-Director of the Naxçivan Archaeological Project in Azerbaijan.  Professor Ristvet is a 2014/2015 Kershaw Lecturer for the AIA.



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