Meet Our Lecturers

Suzanne Davis is the Associate Curator and Head of Conservation with the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan.  She holds her degrees from New York University and Florida State University, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).  Her primary research interests are the conservation of archaeological materials and the history and practice of archaeological field conservation. She presently conducts field conservation for the El-Kurru Settlement Project in the Sudan, the excavations at Kedesh in Israel, and the Abydos Middle Cemetery Project in Egypt (all University of Michigan projects).

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.

William Dever is Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and Milligan College.  He was Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum-Hebrew Union College Excavations at Gezer from 1966-71, 1984 and 1990; Director of the dig at Khirbet el-Kôm and Jebel Qacaqir (West Bank) from 1967-71; Principal Investigator at Tell el-Hayyat excavations (Jordan) 1981-85, and Assistant Director, University of Arizona Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus, 1991, among other excavations. In retirement, Dever has become a frequent author on questions relating to the historicity of the Bible.

Owen Doonan is Associate Professor of Art with the MIddle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at California State University Northridge.  He holds his Ph.D. from Brown University, and his areas of specialization are the cultures of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.  He is currently the Director of the Sinop Kale excavations in Turkey, and has also conducted fieldwork at Ashkelon in Israel, Corfu in Greece, Cosa in Italy, Ustica and La Muculufa in Sicily, Gonessa in Sardinia, and Deya in Mallorca.  Profesor Dooonan is the AIA Hanfmann Lecturer for 2016/2017.

Elspeth Dusinberre (A.B. summa cum laude Harvard 1991, Ph.D. Michigan 1997) is interested in cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her first book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while her third book, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (Cambridge 2013) considers all of Anatolia and proposes a wholly new model for understanding imperialism in general. Her second book is a diachronic excavation monograph, Gordion Seals and Sealings: Individuals and Society (Philadelphia 2005). She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca. 500 BCE), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dağ in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean.

Professor Dusinberre teaches primarily Greek and Near Eastern archaeology, with a little Egyptian and Roman archaeology plus Greek and Latin language thrown in. She has been awarded six University of Colorado teaching awards, the system-wide President's Teaching Scholar Award, the Chancellor's Faculty Recognition Award, and the Faculty Graduate Advisor Award.


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