Meet Our Lecturers

A. Asa Eger is Associate Professor of the Islamic World with the Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holds his degrees from the University of Chicago (Ph.D.) and Rutgers College.

" I research and teach the Early and Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Near East focusing on the intersection of archaeology and history and how these two lines of evidence relate and create dialogue that strengthens both fields. Specifically, I am interested in frontiers, landscape archaeology, and environmental history. My area of specialization is Anatolia and Syria-Palestine (the Levant) from the Byzantine period through the Early and Middle Islamic periods (until the 12th century). I have excavated and surveyed in Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey since 1996 and recently completed directing excavations at a site on the coast of Turkey in the northeast corner of the Mediterranean known as Tüpras Field, the 10th century frontier fortress of Hisn al-Tinat. I also work on issues of gender and sexuality in classical and modern Mediterranean cultures. "

Nathan Elkins is Assistant Professor of Art History (Greek and Roman Art) with Baylor University, and holds his degrees from the University of Missouri (Ph.D.), The University of Reading, and the University of Evansville.  Professor Elkins' research areas include Roman art, coinage and coin iconography, topography and architecture, sport and spectacle, and the illicit antiquities trade. He is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society (New York) and of the Royal Numismatic Society (London), and is the AIA Metcalf Lecturer for 2016/2017.


Steven Ellis is with the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and holds his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.  His areas of specialization include Roman urbanism and social history, ancient architecture, Greek and Roman art and archaeology, and the excavation of complex urban sites; his is the project director for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project at Porta Stabia, and the East Isthmia Archaeological Project.  Professor Ellis has published widely, and has several recent forthcoming works on aspects of his work in Pompeii.

James Evans is Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Science at the University of Puget Sound. His research and teaching interests are primarily in the history of science, with a specialization in ancient Greek astronomy. His books include The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy (Oxford University Press, 1998) and (with J. Lennart Berggren), Geminos's Introduction to the Phenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Survey of Astronomy (Princeton University Press, 2006). Recent research projects have been devoted to the material culture of ancient astronomy and astrology. This includes everything from ancient astronomical sundials and gearwork mechanisms to astrologers' boards and objects that expressed the cultural, political and religious connections of astronomy.  Dr. Evans is the AIA Webster Lecturer for 2016/2017

Philologist and Assyriologist Dr. Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of the Department of the MIddle East at the British Museum, and has been a cuneiform tablet curator there since 1979. He holds his degrees from the University of Birmingham, and is especially interested in ancient magic and medicine, all aspects of ancient cuneiform literature, and the history of the world’s board games. His recent publications include The Ark before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (2014).  Dr. Finkel is an AIA Norton Lecture for 2016/2017.


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