Meet Our Lecturers

Megan Cifarelli is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Manhattanville College; she is also Director of the Castle Scholar Honors Program and the Museum Studies Program, and Chair of Classical Civilizations at Manhattanville.  She holds her degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D., M.Phil., and MA) and the University of Notre Dame.  Her areas of specialization are ancient art and civilizations (particularly Assryia), museum studies, and gender studies.  Professor Cifarelli's current publication projects include The Iron II Citadel at Hasanlu Tepe, Hasanlu Excavation Reports V (with M. Danti, University of Pennsylvania Museum, in preparation), The Iron II Cemetery at Hasanlu Tepe, Hasanlu Excavation Reports IV (with M. Danti, University of Pennsylvania Museum, in preparation), "The Evidence for Assyrian Contacts at Hasanlu" Proceeding of the Conference on Provincial Archaeology of the Assyrian Empire (with M. Danti, University of Cambridge, in press), "Personal Ornaments at Hasanlu, Iran: A re-evaluation" in Ancient Jewelry (ed. A. Golani, Polish Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, 2014, forthcoming), and "The Tomb of the Hasanlu Warriors" in Iranica Antiqua, January 2015 (with M. Danti, in press).

Eric Cline is Chair and Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the George Washington University and Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute.  He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Yale University, and Dartmouth College.  His areas of specialization include the military history of the Mediterranean, and the international connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age.  Professor Cline is the Associate Director of the Megiddo Expedition, and Co-Director of the excavations at Tel Kabri.


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Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is Associate Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose research involves the reuse of Egyptian coffins during economic crisis: who was doing the reuse, what the moral implications were, and how the practice changed the nature of Egyptian funerary materiality forever.

Her first book, The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period was published in 2007, and her biography of Hatshepsut, the 18th Dynasty female king, will be published by Random House in October of 2014.

Professor Cooney produced a comparative archaeology series with her husband Neil Crawford titled OUT OF EGYPT, which aired 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is still airing on Discovery affiliates and streaming on Netflix.

Amanda Crompton is Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University.  She holds her degrees from Memorial University (Ph.D.) and Simon Fraser University, and her research interests are historical archaeology, French colonial archaeology, French fisheries, and trade networks.  She has several articles and book chapters in preparation on the Inuit in Southern Labrador, and French-Inuit contact and exchange.

Dr. Stephanie Dalley is a Retired Research Fellow in Assyriology with the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford, and is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College and a member of the Common Room at Wolfson College.  She holds her degrees from Newnham College, Cambridge, and her research interests are Akkadian literature and history.  She has published extensively, her most recent book-length work is The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: an elusive world wonder traced (2013), and her works in progress include A History of the city of Babylon (Cambridge University Press).  Dr. Dalley is an AIA Norton Lecturer for 2015-2016.


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