Meet Our Lecturers

Professor Matthew Johnson is with the Anthropology Department of Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge.

"I am an archaeologist specializing in the complex societies of Britain and Europe, AD1200-1800.  I have written on castles, traditional houses, ‘polite’ architecture, and landscape, and on contributions to understanding historical archaeology around the world.  My theoretical orientation has stressed interdisciplinary and interpretive approaches, the theory of medieval and historical archaeology, and archaeology in its cultural context.  I have always worked to bring these strands together, in studies of the archaeological record that are both theoretically and empirically informed.  Much of my work has been concentrated in book-length studies, taking a complex body of empirical material (houses, fields, castles) and placing it in its theoretical context."

He has published extensively, including English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life (2010), Archaeological Theory: An Introduction (second revised edition 2010), Ideas of Landscape (2006), and Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance (2002).  Professor Johnson is conducting fieldwork in south-east England in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the National Trust; in 2013, they will be working at the great medieval houses of Knole and Ightham.

Lisa Kahn, Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Europe and the Middle East, presently involved in studies at Caesarea Maritima, Israel and Pompeii, Italy.  She holds her degrees from Boston University (Ph.D.), and the State Universities of New York at Albany and New Paltz. She specializes in the material culture of the Classical world, including ancient beer and brewing, ancient glass, Greek kiln technology, Roman architecture, and cultural heritage protection. She is an annual lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.

Susan E. Kane is the Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art at Oberlin College, and holds her degrees from Bryn Mawr (Ph.D.) and Barnard College.  Her research interests include Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculpture and architecture, the study of ancient building technologies and building materials, and the use of archaeological sciences in the study of archaeology.  She is the Director of the Cyrenaica Archaeological Project in Libya, and of the Sangro Valley Project in Italy.  Professor Kane was the recipient of the 2005 Research and Exploration Award from the National Geographic Society, and the 2013 Presidential Award from the Society of American Archaeology.

James Kus received his BA degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MA from Michigan State, and his PhD from UCLA with a dissertation that focused on pre-Hispanic agriculture in several desert oases in the area around Trujillo, Peru – in fact, he has carried out research in northern coastal Peru, the area where the Moche culture developed, for almost five decades. He has published on a wide variety of topics related to Peruvian archaeology, geography, and history.  Jim retired four years ago after more than forty years teaching at California State University, Fresno.  Since retiring, he has led ten tours to Peru (for the AIA and Smithsonian, as well as for private groups) and twice lectured on a cruise ship sailing around southern South America. 

Mark Lawall is Associate Professor with the Department of Classics, University of Manitoba.  He holds his degrees from the University of Michigan (Ph.D. and MA) and the College of William and Mary.  His areas of specialization are amphora studies (Archaic through Hellenistic transport amphoras), and the archaeology of ancient economies, particularly of trade and markets; he has conducted amphora research at Athens, Corinth, Isthmia, Gordion, Ephesos, Klazomenai, Troy, the Kyrenia shipwreck, the Pabuc Burnu shipwreck, Stryme, Olbia, Koptos, Lerna, and Rhodes.  Professor Lawall’s most recent publications include Pottery, People and Places: Study and Interpretation of Late Hellenistic Pottery (editor with P. Guldager Bilde, Black Sea Studies 16, Aarhus, 2014), and Transport amphorae and trade of Cyprus (editor with J. Lund, Gösta Enbom monograph series 3, Aarhus, 2013).


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