AIA Tour Leaders

Steven Ellis

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Steven Ellis (Ph.D., University of Sydney) is a Roman archaeologist who is actively involved in the archaeological research and publication of urban and sacred sites in Italy and Greece. In Italy, Steven directs the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia ( and co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project (, […]

Annapurna Garimella

Annapurna Garimella (Ph.D., Columbia University), is an art historian and designer based in Delhi who has led ten AIA Tours all over India to excellent traveler reviews. Her research focuses on late medieval Indic architecture and the history and practices of vernacular art forms (art and outdoor constructions by untrained artists) in India after Independence. […]

Ted Goebel

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Ted Goebel (Ph.D.,University of Alaska Fairbanks) is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Throughout his career he has worked on Paleolithic and […]

John R. Hale

John R. Hale, a native of Indiana, earned his B.A. at Yale in 1973 and his Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1979, both degrees in Archaeology. His archaeological fieldwork and research projects include studies of Bronze Age Scandinavian watercraft; prehistoric sites in the Ohio River Valley; the Roman villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal; development […]

William Harcourt-Smith

Will Harcourt-Smith is a paleoanthropologist based at the American Museum of Natural History and the City University of New York. He was born in Great Britain and raised across Europe. Will has extensively published on his research in both scientific and popular formats, including articles in Nature, eLife,and Natural History Magazine. His work has been […]

Stephen Harvey

Since 1993, Stephen Harvey (Ph.D., U. of PA) has been Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, which centers on excavation of the monumental complex of King Ahmose at Abydos, under the aegis of the Pennsylvania-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition to Abydos. Steve’s fieldwork in and around the pyramid complex of Ahmose (ca. 1550-1525 […]

James Higginbotham

 James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College, holds a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman colonies, as well as the social history of the late Roman Republic. Professor Higginbotham was a regular member of the American School of […]

Nicolle Hirschfeld

  Nicolle Hirschfeld’s current research in Turkey centers on the shipwrecked cargo recovered in the waters off Cape Gelidonya, in the Antalya region. This is the site where George Bass established the science of nautical archaeology in 1960. In the summer of 2010 Nicolle returned to the wreck and, in collaboration with Bass and Harun […]

Michael Hoff

Dr. Michael Hoff, Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska (Ph.D. Boston University) and a former member of the AIA’s Board of Trustees, is a classical archaeologist who specializes in the Roman period in Greece and Asia Minor. He has wide excavation experience in Greece and Turkey, including Athens, Corinth, Nemea, Crete, and […]

Patrick Hunt

Award-winning archaeologist, author, and National Geographic grantee Patrick Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has taught at Stanford University for 28 years. Patrick directed the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project from 1994-2012, and has continued project-related fieldwork in the region in the years since. His Alps research […]

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