Meet Our Lecturers

Sarah McClure is the Harry and Elissa Sichi Early Career Professor and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University, and holds her degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. and Ph.D.) and the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg.  Professor McClure is an environmental archaeologist interested in the spread of farming in the Mediterranean and Europe. Her research focuses on environmental and social impacts of early farming societies, particularly questions of human-animal interactions, changes in land use through time, the role of local and regional exchange networks, ceramic technology, food consumption, and the emergence of social inequality.  Her archaeological fieldwork is based in the western Mediterranean and the Adriatic, and she has current projects in on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and in Valencia, Spain. She also directs the Zooarchaeology Laboratory and Ceramic Analysis Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University.

Floyd McCoy is the Professor of Geology and Oceanography with the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii, Windward College.  He holds his degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.  His current research interests include the Late Bronze Age eruption of Thera (Greece), the paleoclimate of the Eastern Mediterranean, sedimentology of tsunami deposits (Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Hawaii), surveys of the Aegean and Mediterranean sea floor, production of hyaloclastites at Hawaii, and Hawaiian geoarchaeological and geophysical surveys.  His work on the eruption of Thera has been featured in a number of television programs, including on the BBC, NBC, the Learning Channel, National Geographic, and Discovery.  Professor McCoy is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2017/2018.

Mark D. McCoy is Associate Professor with the Department of Anthroplogy at Southern Methodist University, and holds his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), the University of Aukland, and the University of New Mexico.  He is a landscape archaeologist whose research interests include complex societies, human ecology in island environments, GIS and other survey methods, and archaeology of Oceania.  Professor McCoy has ongoing research projects across Oceania, including the Hawaiian Islands, and his publications include "The significance of religious ritual in ancient Hawai'i" (Journal of Pacific Archaeology, in press).

Erin Halstad McGuire is Assistant Teaching Professor with the Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.  She holds her degrees from the University of Glasgow (Ph.D. and M.Phil.), and the University of Victoria, and her areas of specialization are Viking archaology, Medieval archaeology, funerary practices, experimental archaeology, gender and life-course, and cemetery studies.  Her current research projects include the mapping and recording of Victoria's Emanu-El Cemetery, and an experimental archaeology project on Viking lamps and light technology. 

Allison Miller is Assistant Profssor of Asian Art with the Department of Art and Art History at Southwestern University.  She holds her degrees from Harvard University (Ph.D.) and the University of Chicago, and held a Fulbright Fellowship at Beijing University; her areas of expertise are East Asian art history, and the art and archaeology of early China.  Professor Miller's current publication projects are Kingly Splendor: Materiality and Royal Art in Han China (in prepration), and “Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi’s Xin Shu” (Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15.1, 2016).


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