AIA Lecturer/Host: S. Thomas Parker
S. Thomas Parker (Ph.D., UCLA) is a Professor in the Department of History at North Carolina State University, where he has been teaching since 1980. His areas of specialization are the history and archaeology of the Roman Empire, the Roman army and frontiers, and Roman Arabia. Prof. Parker has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Israel, and Cyprus. Among other projects on which he worked in Jordan, he directed the Limes Arabicus Project (1980-89), which investigated the Roman frontier in central Jordan; directed the Roman Aqaba Project (1994-2002), an excavation of a Roman port on the Red Sea and survey of its hinterland in southern Jordan; and in 2012 became co-director of the ongoing Petra North Ridge Project. Prof. Parker has received numerous grants and fellowships for his work, and his major publications include Romans and Saracens: A History of the Arabian Frontier (1986) and (as a coeditor) The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000). He has lectured on the AIA’s national Lecture Program; and, since 1987, he has served as a trustee of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), for which he is now Second Vice President of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Fellowship Committee.