Meet Our Lecturers

Roderick Campbell is Assistant Professor of East Asian Archaeology and History with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.  He holds his degrees from Harvard (Ph.D.), the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and has been a visiting student at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University.   Professor Campbell's research interests include ancient social-political organization, social violence and history of late 2nd millennium BC north China (Shang China).  He has conducted extensive field work in China, and is presently involved in faunal collection and museum research in Anyang, Zhengzhou, Jinan, and Zhougongmiao in preparation for a project on Shang economy.

As a newly transplanted Chicago teenager, Deborah Carlson thought adapting to life in North Carolina would prove insurmountable. Then her parents insisted that she study Latin, which seemed at the time like a fatal blow. But in high-school Latin she discovered the world of Caesar, Ovid, and Pliny. The experience fostered in her a deep love of Greco-Roman antiquity, which she studied at the University of Arizona. After finishing her M.A. in 1995, Carlson taught Roman art and archaeology at Arizona for one year and then decided to pursue a degree in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University. There, she earned the opportunity to work with George Bass as assistant director of a Greek shipwreck excavation off the coast of Turkey at Tektaş Burnu. Her 2003 appointment as the first female of A&M's nautical archaeology faculty has given her the chance to train and advise the next generation of students, including a community of vibrant young women.  She has assisted in the direction of both terrestrial and underwater excavations in Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and has served as the Archaeological Director of Institute of Nautical Archaeology’s excavation of an early-first century B.C. Roman shipwreck at Kızılburun, Turkey, and as the Assistant Director of INA’s work on a Classical Greek ship at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey.  She has received various awards for her work, and was the 2003/2004 recipient of the AIA’s Olivia James Traveling Fellowship.  Professor Carlson is AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2010/2011.

Dr. Hanan Charaf is the Series Editor for the Archaeological Reports Series (ARS) of the American Schools of Oriental Research. She is also a research associate at the University of Paris I-Sorbonne in France and at the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) in Beirut, Lebanon.  She is a member of the board of trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research and an editorial and advisory board member of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies published by Pennsylvania State University.  She holds her degrees from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Ph.D.), the University of Lumière Lyon II (M.A.), and Lebanese University (B.A.); her areas of specialization are Near Eastern Late Bronze age ceramics (1550-1150 B.C.), Cypriot ceramic imports to Lebanon, and the Late Bronze Age history and archaeology of Lebanon.  She has been the Field Supervisor and ceramicist for sites in Lebanon, Syria, France, Turkey, and Tunisia, and her extensive publications include "The Northern Levant (Lebanon) during the Middle Bronze Age" in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (ca. 8000-332 BCE), 2014.

Michael Chazan is with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds his degrees from Yale University (Ph.D. and M.Phil.), the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.).  His areas of specialization are paleoarchaeology and human evolution, lithic analysis, the history of archaeology, and the archaeologies of Near East, France, and South Africa.  He has conducted fieldwork in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, Wadi Mataha in Jordan, and Kebara Cave in Israel.

William Childs is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.  He holds his degrees from Princeton, and also studied at the University of Munich.  His research interests are in Greek art and the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular the site of Polis Chrysochous on the northwest shore of Cyprus, where he has conducted excavations since 1983.  Recent publications include as co-editor and contributor to City of Gold: The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus (2012).  He has received numerous awards for his work, including Corresponding Membership with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI).  Professor Childs is an AIA Norton Lecturer for the 2015/2016 season.

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