Meet Our Lecturers

Tess Davis is the Executive Director of The Antiquities Coalition and an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Glasgow.  She holds her degrees from the University of Georgia (Juris Doctor) and Boston University, and her areas of specialization are cultural heritage preservation and law, illicit antiquities trade, and Cambodia.  She has conducted field work in Southeast Asia (primarily Cambodia), and her most recent publications are "Crime and Conflict: Temple Looting in Cambodia," in Cultural Property Crime (2014, Brill), and "Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network," in British Journal of Criminology (2014), both co-written with S. Mackenzie.

Leslie Preston Day is Emerita Professor of Classics with the Department of Classics at Wabash College, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (A.B.) and the University of Cincinnati (M.A. and Ph.D.).  Her areas of specialization are Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and Dark Age Crete.  She has done extensive fieldwork in Crete, where she was Co-Director at Kavousi and Vronda.  Her publications include several volumes on Kavousi,most recently Kavousi IIB,The LM IIIC Settlement at Vronda: Houses on the Periphery (INSTAP Academic Press, with Kevin Glowacki, 2012), and one on The Pottery from Karphi: A Reappraisal. (British School at Athens Studies 19, 2011).  Professor Day has received various honors and awards for her work, and is a past recipient of the AIA Pomerance Fellowship.

James P. Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. His undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, the discoveries of Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste, as well as surveys of USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the polar exploration ship Maud, wrecked in the Arctic, the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, and Sub Marine Explorer, a civil war-era find and the world’s oldest known deep-diving submarine. His archaeological work has also included the excavation of ships and collapsed buildings along the now-buried waterfront of Gold Rush San Francisco.  He is currently Director of Maritime Heritage, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the national Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a past President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and is Adjunct Professor of Archaeology with Simon Fraser University.  He holds his degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A.), East Carolina University (M.A.) and Simon Fraser University (Ph.D.), and was previously the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia, and the head Maritime Historian of the U.S. National Park Service.  Professor Delgado has published over 32 books, and was the host of the National Geographic TV series The Sea Hunters.

John Dobbins is with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D.), Boston University, and College of the Holy Cross.  He specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology, and since 1994 has been the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project, having also worked at Morgantina in Sicily and at La Befa.  Professor Dobbins is a past Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA.

Professor Feder is with the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, and holds his degrees from the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.) and SUNY Stony Brook.  His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past, including archaeological frauds. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley, and has published and spoken widely on his work.


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