Meet Our Lecturers

Michael Chazan is Professor with the Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto; he 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.  His current research focus is the archaeology of early human sites in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, particularly the site of Wonderwerk Cave and the sites of the Kathu Complex.  Professor Chazan is the author of Archaeology and Prehistory: Pathways Through Time (a widely-used introductory textbook published by Pearson and Pearson Canada) and of Holon: A Lower Paleolithic Site in Israel (co-authored with Liora Kolska Horwitz and published by the Peabody Museum Press).

Eric Cline is Professor of Classics at the George Washington University, Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute, and former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at GWU.  A National Geographic Explorer and Fulbright Scholar, with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including ten seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel and eight seasons at Tel Kabri, also in Israel, where he is currently Co-Director.  Winner of the 2014 "Best Popular Book" award from the American Schools of Oriental Research for his recent book, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, a three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" Award (2001, 2009, and 2011), and a popular lecturer who has frequently appeared on television documentaries, he has also won national and local awards for both his research and his teaching.  Dr. Cline is also one of the 36 inaugural NEH Public Scholars announced in July 2015; the Public Scholars program is a major new initiative designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonfiction books for general audiences, and Professor Cline was chosen for his upcoming work on "Digging up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians".


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Chip Colwell is the Senior Curator of Anthropology with the Denver Musem of Nature and Science, a Lecturer with the University of Colorado at Denver, and Visitng Lecturer at Stanford University.  He holds his degrees from Indiana University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and the University of Arizona, and his expertise is in Native American culture and history.  Dr. Colwell is the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, an online magazine dedicated to anthropology for the public.  His most recent publication is Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (University of Chicago Press).

Eugene Cruz-Uribe was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and received his BA, MA and PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.  His dissertation was a study of Demotic legal contracts from the Saite and Persian periods in Egypt.  He worked as a lecturer at the Field Museum in Chicago and as a curator at the Seattle Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit during the later 1970s.  He was an Assistant Professor in the Egyptology Department at Brown University before he went to Northern Arizona University where he held a number of administrative and teaching positions and is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at NAU.  He also taught Global History at California State University - Monterey Bay.  Currently he is Professor of History at Indiana University East.  He is the author of 6 books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a three year project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.   His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).

For the last fifteen years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt.  In July 2008 he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the US. 

He is currently Professor of History at Indiana University East.

Michelle Damian is Assistant Professor of History at Monmouth College, and holds her degrees from University of Southern California (Ph.D.), East Carolina University, the George Washington University, and University of California at Berkeley.  Her research interests include the maritime trade networks of medieval Japan, and forthcoming publications include entries on "Japan: 1450-1770", "Salt Production", and "Kaisen", in The Sea in World History: Exploration, Travel, and Trade (ABC-CLIO Press).


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