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Todd Bostwick


Todd Bostwick received both his M.A. in Anthropology (with an emphasis on Archaeology) and his PhD in History from Arizona State University. He is presently Senior Research Archaeologist at PaleoWest Archaeology in Phoenix and Director of Archaeology for the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in northern Arizona. For twenty years he was the Phoenix City Archaeologist at the Pueblo Grande Museum, and he also taught at Arizona State University. Dr. Bostwick is widely published, including both books and articles, and has been featured on video productions for PBS and the History Channel. He has curated more than a dozen exhibits on the American Southwest, and given more than 400 talks at seminars, professional conferences, museums and other public events. Dr. Bostwick has been the recipient of several awards, including from the National Park Service and the Arizona Governor’s office.


Trips with Todd Bostwicki

Discover the American Southwest

Bob Brier and Patricia Remler


Professor Bob Brier received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina. He is not only one of the nation’s leading Egyptologists, but a brilliant lecturer and storyteller. He is professor of philosophy at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of several books including The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (Berkley Books, 1998), The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians (Greenwood Press, 1999) and The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery (Harper Collins, 2008). Professor Brier has served as director of the "Egyptology Today" program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as host of the Learning Channel series, The Great Egyptians. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, and has received Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his achievements as a lecturer. Bob is a featured lecturer on The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company) series, and a wonderful teacher with a special flair for evoking the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.

Patricia Remler is an author, photographer, and art historian. She was the Researcher for four important Learning Channel documentaries - the three-part Pyramids, Tombs, and Mummies, the six-part series The Great Egyptians, the one hour Napoleon's Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, and the three-part series Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies. She is the author of Egyptian Mythology A - Z.

Trips with Bob Brier and Patricia Remler

Sudan: An Exploration of Ancient Kush

The Majesty of Egypt

Undiscovered Egypt

James Bruhn


James Bruhn received his BA in anthropology and history from the University of Colorado (Magna Cum Laude), and his MA and PhD in British Roman Archaeology from the University of Durham. Originally from the northeast of Scotland, he is a specialist on Roman Frontiers in northern Britain and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Newcastle upon Tyne. Dr. Bruhn has spoken at numerous academic conferences in North America and Europe, has authored a scholarly book on Roman Archaeology and has written book chapters in several scholarly publications including the Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World by Brian Fagan. He has excavated along the Antonine Wall and has tutored small groups on his specialty. Additionally, Dr. Bruhn has organized and been the speaker in several conferences about Roman Britain.

Trips with James Bruhn:

An Archaeological Pub Crawl of Great Britian

An Exploration of Wales and England


Brian Buchanan


Brian G. Buchanan received a double BA in both Anthropology and History from Millersville University (in Pennsylvania); his MA in Public Anthropology from the American University; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographical data; and received his PhD in Archaeology at the University of Durham along the Scottish Borders. A specialist on Medieval Archaeology, he is Chairperson for Durham Medieval Archaeologists. Dr. Buchanan has worked on archaeological projects both in the USA and the UK, and since entering Durham University, has been lecturer in a variety of courses, primarily in GIS and Early Medieval archaeology. His enthusiasm about archaeology and history is contagious and his knowledge of the area makes him an exceptional leader.

Trips with Brian Buchanan:

The Riches of Scotland


Marcello Canuto


Marcello Canuto received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Anthropology. After teaching for several years at Yale University, Dr. Canuto is presently Associate Professor at Tulane University, and holds the prestigious position of Director of the renowned Middle America Research Institute there. He has published numerous articles and is the author of Archaeology of Communities: New World Perspective. He has been Assistant Curator, Pre-Columbian Collections, Peabody Museum since 2003, and Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Guatemala since 2008. Dr. Canuto is the Director of La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala.


Trips with Marcello Canuto:

In the Path of the Snake Kingdom: El Mirador, La Corona, Waqa, Holmul


Alexis Castor


Alexis Castor earned her her B.A. in History from George Mason University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. She has also completed graduate courses in Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern history at George Washington University where she later taught and was a research associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. She is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Franklin & Marshall College, where she teaches ancient history, archaeology and Greek, and is a popular lecturer for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company).


Trip with Alexis Castor:

Sicily: Art & Archaeology


Michael D. Coe


Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Yale University. He has done research on Maya hieroglyphic writing and iconography, the Maya and Olmec civilizations of MesoAmerica, and Khmer cultural history, and he is world renowned for his research and publications on these subjects. With over four decades of active research experience, Professor Coe is a prolific writer and has authored at least 18 books and monographs, including The Maya, The Art of the Maya Scribe (with Justin Kerr); Mexico: From Olmecs to the Aztecs; Reading the Maya Glyphs (with Mark Van Stone); and Breaking the Maya Code. He is the recipient of Guatemala's highest honor - The Order of the Quetzal, presented to him by the vice president of that country. Professor Coe first visited Angkor in 1954 when he was struck by the remarkable similarities between the two great tropical forest civilizations - ancient Khmer and ancient Maya. In 1993, Dr. Coe returned to Angkor and continues to be fascinated by the subject that brought him there in the first place. Subsequently, he published articles on the Khmer in scholarly journals, has been an invited speaker on the subject at international conferences, and is the author of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization.

Trip with Michael Coe:

Cruise the Mekong


William Cook


William R. Cook earned his B.A. from Wabash College, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1962. Shortly thereafter he received the Woodrow Wilson and the Herbert Lehman fellowships to study Medieval History at Cornell University where he completed his Ph.D. He is currently the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970. In 1992, he was named Professor of the Year for the state of New York by CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He has appeared in The Learning Channel special on Dante’sInferno and on the Hallmark Network special on Francis of Assisi. Dr. Cook's publications include Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility. A popular lecturer for The Great Courses, not for credit seminars for lifelong learners, Dr. Cook also currently edits and contributes to The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy. Dr. Cook’s passion and enthusiasm for medieval art and architecture make him both an informed and lively trip leader.

Trips with William Cook:

Cathedrals of France

Malcolm David Eckel


Malcolm David Eckel studied Sanskrit at Oxford and received his PhD from Harvard University in comparative religion with special emphasis on the Buddhist traditions of India, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. He is Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University, where he has taught courses on Buddhism, comparative religion, and the religions of Asia. Professor Eckel has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence, Boston University’s highest award for teaching. He also has served as Boston University’s Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities. Professor Eckel is a popular lecturer on The Great Courses’ lecture series. In addition to many articles, he has published three books on Buddhism: To See the Buddha: A Philosopher’s Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness; Buddhism: Origins, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places; and Bhaviveka and His Buddhist Opponents. His experience as a traveler in India and Southeast Asia, and his knowledge of Buddhism and Hinduism, the two religions that dominate ancient and modern Myanmar, make Professor Eckel particularly suitable to lead this trip.

Trips with Malcolm David Eckel:

Myanmar: Land of Golden Pagodas


Johan Elverskog


Johan Elverskog is a world-renowned scholar of China and Inner Asia (especially Mongolia, Central Asia, Tibet and the Silk Road). He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is currently Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. Professor Elverskog is the author and editor of seven books and numerous articles, all of which focus on the history of Inner Asia and include Uygur Buddhist Literature and the multiple award-winning Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Research Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, among others. Dr. Elverskog specializes in the history of religions, especially their spread and interactions along the Silk Roads, and has been an invited speaker around the world. He speaks Tibetan, Mongolian, Uygur, and Chinese.

Trips with Johan Elverskog:
China: Along the Silk Road

Damian Evans


Damian Evans received his PhD from the University of Sydney. Dr. Evans is the Principal Investigator for the Radar Settlement Surveys in Cambodia and Deputy Director of the Greater Angkor Project (GAP), the largest international, multidisciplinary research program at Angkor. His ground breaking discoveries using space technology have been reported extensively in international news reports, journals and newspapers including the Associated Press, the Daily Telegraph in England, the Los Angeles Times (front page), Science, Archaeology Magazine, International Herald Tribune, New Scientist, National Geographic News, ABC News, and BBC News and BBC Radio. Dr. Evans was featured in both the National Geographic Channel’s and the History Channel’s documentaries on Angkor. He has been the invited speaker at conferences throughout the world including Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United States, China, Egypt and India, and has been the recipient of a multitude of awards and grants including one from National Geographic. Dr. Evans is conversant in both French and Khmer. Read a recent article about exploring Angkor Wat with Dr. Evans from Conde Nast Traveler.

Trips with Damian Evans:

Discover Angkor Wat and Laos

Cruise the Mekong (with Michael D. Coe)


Garrett G. Fagan


Garrett G. Fagan received his PhD in Roman Studies from McMaster Unvierstiy in Canada and is asssociate professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University. As a specialist in Greco-Roman history, he is the author of Bathing in Public in the Roman World and The Lure of the Arena, edited or co-authored three other books, and has numerous scholarly aricles and chapters in print. Professor Fagan has appeared on the acclaimed PBS science series Nova and on The History Channel. He is also a lecturer for three courses released by The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company).



John France


John France is Professor Emeritus from Swansea University in Wales and is a renowned specialist on the Medieval Period. He has published numerous articles, and is the author of The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, and Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade. Additionally, he has edited several important books including Medieval Warfare, Warfare in the Dark Ages, and War and Peace in Ancient and Medieval History. As a result of his research covering this period, he has compiled an electronic database of lives of saints prior to the year 1000. He is also an editor of the Journal of Medieval History. Dr. France was a featured scholar on the History Channel’s impressive two-part documentary, The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross.


Trips with John France:

Cyprus, Rhodes, Malta: In the Path of the Crusader Knights

Eastern Turkey's Lost Kingdoms

Stanley Paul Guenter


Stanley Paul Guenter, born in the prairies of Canada, was first introduced to the Maya culture and ancient script at the age of ten. He has been studying the Mesoamerican cultures ever since. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, his Master’s Degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia, and his PhD in Archaeology from Southern Methodist University. He has worked on archaeological projects in eastern Tabasco, Mexico and is currently an epigrapher and archaeologist with two archaeological projects in Guatemala: The Regional Archaeological Investigations of Northern Peten, Guatemala (RAINPEG), directed by Dr. Richard D. Hansen, and the Southern Methodist University El Peru/Waka’ project, directed by Dr. David Freidel. Stanley is one of the outstanding rising stars of Mesoamerican writing systems and has taught and presented at many conferences in Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany and Denmark. He has done a full study of the inscriptions of Dos Pilas in relation to Tikal (you may see the readings on mesoweb.com).

Trips with Stanley Paul Guenter:

Lost Cities of the Ancient Maya

Mary Hollinshead


Mary Hollinshead received her BA (with Honors) from Bryn Mawr College, studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, earned an MA at Harvard, and returned to Bryn Mawr for her PhD in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Greek. She is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Rhode Island. Professor Hollinshead is consistently rated highly as a teacher, and in 2012, she received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. She reads ancient Greek and has excavated and surveyed on several projects in the eastern Mediterranean. A specialist in ancient Greece and Rome and earlier cultures located in the Mediterranean region, Dr. Hollinshead is the author and editor of numerous articless and two books, including Shaping Ceremony. Monumental Steps and Greek Architecture published in 2015.

Trips with Mary Hollinshead:

Elegant Turkey by Land and Sea


John Wayne Janusek


John Wayne Janusek received is BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Since 1998, he has been a professor at Vanderbilt University where he consistently is rated very high by his students. Dr. Janusek has worked in the Bolivian highlands since 1987 conducting archaeological research principally focused on the Tiwanaku civilization and its precursors. Fluent in Spanish, he has been a visiting scholar several times at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz. Professor Janusek has been a consultant on Bolivia for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, and has been the invited lecturer within the United States and several foreign countries including Bolivia, Finland and Germany. He has written numerous articles and publications,and is the author of Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes: Tiwanaku Cities through Time and Ancient Tiwanaku and Ancient Tiwanaku. Professor Janusek is an exceptional teacher with a special talent for displaying the distant past in ways that make it seem vividly present.

E.C. Krupp


Dr. E.C. Krupp is the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He is the author of Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power; Beyond the Blue Horizon, Echoes of the Ancient Skies, The Comet and You, The Big Dipper and You, The Moon and You, and The Rainbow and You; editor and co-author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies and Archaeoastronomy and the Roots of Science; contributing editor with a monthly column in Sky & Telescope magazine; frequent lecturer; and veteran leader of Far Horizons tours. Dr. Krupp’s enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge of archaeoastronomy makes him an exceptional teacher.


Trips with Ed Krupp

Georgia, Armenia and Northwest Iran: Archaeoastronomy


Jeremy McIlnerney


Jeremy McInerney received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. He is the Davidson Kennedy Professor and Chair of the Graduate Group in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in both Greek and Roman history, Dr. McInerney has published extensively on his subject. He is the author of The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks and The Folds of Parnassos: Land and Ethnicity in Ancient Phokis, and a featured speaker on videos of full-length university lectures about the Greek World produced by The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company). Dr. McInerney is a recipient of the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching, one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest teaching honors.

Trips with Jeremy McInerney:

Greek Isles of Myth


Sidsel Millerström


Sidsel Millerström received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Polynesian archaeology. She is a specialist on archaeological art and architecture and has worked on excavations all over Polynesia including Easter Island, Fiji, the Marquesas, and Tahiti. From 1984, Dr. Millerstrom has worked on all six presently inhabited islands in the Marquesas during which she discovered and recorded numerous tikis, carvings of human figures, and more that 7,000 ancient petroglyphs. Up to this time no systematic survey had been conducted in the Marquesas, an archipelago which, in prehistory, was connected culturally with Easter Island. Dr. Millerström excavated cave sites on Easter Island and worked with Dr. Georgia Lee documenting the rock art and sculptures on the island. Dr. Millerström's work has appeared in various scholarly and popular journals.

Trips with Sidsel Millerström:

Easter Island and the Tapati Festival

Thomas Noble


Thomas F. X. Noble received his MA in History and Latin and his PhD in Medieval History from Michigan State University. He is presently Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. A popular speaker for The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company), Professor Noble is a lecturer on ten different series including the 48 lecture course, The Foundations of Western Civilization. Dr. Noble is the author, coauthor, or editor of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles, chapters, and essays including From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms, and his coauthored textbook, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, which is in its 5th edition. Professor Noble has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and research grants from the American Philosophical Society. He has been the invited speaker at many national and international conferences including in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Scotland. Dr. Noble was the recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame, and was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and a David Harrison III Award for outstanding undergraduate advising, both from the University of Virginia.

Trips with Tom Noble

Glorious Greece



Enda O'Flaherty


Enda O’Flaherty received his BA (with honors) in Heritage Studies and a Post-Graduate Degree in Archaeology from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD from the National University of Ireland in Galway specializing in Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes of Historical Ireland.  Dr. O’Flaherty has many years of experience conducting field research both in Ireland and abroad examining the dynamic nature of human settlement and the significance of landscape to communities in the past.  His particular area of interest is the karst landscape of the Burren where he conducted his doctoral research.  Dr. O’Flaherty is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and of the Irish Post Medieval Archaeology Group among others.  His knowledge of Ireland’s vast and intricate history and his gracious charm make him an ideal study leader and traveling companion.

Trips with Enda O'Flaherty:

An Exploration of Eire: The Archaeology of Ireland


Cinzia Perlingieri


Cinzia Perlingieri received her M.A. in Classic Archaeology and History of Arts from the University of Naples, and her PhD in Archaeology from the same institution. Her archaeological career in northern Africa began in 1989. She has excavated in Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, and her dissertation was on her research at Aksum, Ethiopia. From 1992 – 2005, she was one of the field director for the Bieta Giyorgis (Aksum, Ethiopia), Italian-American Joint Archaeological Expedition. Dr. Perlingieri has published articles in many publications and has presented papers at conferences all over Europe and the United States. She has taught at the University of Naples and University of Turin in Italy, the Art Center in Bahrein, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a Visiting Scholar and Director of Research at the Center for Digital Archaeology. She is also the co-director of the archaeological project “Southern Red Sea Archaeology Histories” in the Yeha Region, Ethiopia.

Trips with Cinzia Perlingieri:

Ethiopia: The Wonders of the Horn of Africa


F. Kent Reilly III


F. Kent Reilly III received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the Director for the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America, and a professor at Texas State University.  Professor Reilly’s interests are centered around religion, art, and visual validation of elite authority in New World chiefdoms, especially that of the ancient Olmec and Classic Maya. He has been the invited speaker of conferences throughout the world and is the author or editor on many books and articles including Sacred Bindings of the Cosmos: Ritual Acts of Bundling and Wrapping In Ancient Mesoamerica.  He has been a guest curator and a catalog contributor to the Princeton University exhibition The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership.   Professor Reilly has been the recipient of a multitude of awards including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s Favorite Professor Award.

Trips with Kent Reilly

The Olmecs (April 2016)


Gary Rollefson


Gary O. Rollefson received his PhD from the University of Arizona, and is presently a professor of anthropology at Whitman College. He has conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Since 1982, Dr. Rollefson has been Principal Investigator at the excavations at Neolithic ‘Ain Ghazal which has produced stunning examples of 10,000 year-old statues and other unique religious paraphernalia. Dr. Rollefson's exciting discoveries of ritual structures in Wadi Rum are changing the way that archaeologists are looking at copper age and bronze age pastoral societies. His most recent work is in the eastern desert of Jordan where he has found a 1 1/2 square mile necropolis. Professor Rollefson’s knowledge of Jordan and its archaeology, along with his sense of humor and excitement about Jordan makes him an ideal leader.

Trips with Gary Rollefson:

Grandeur of Petra, Splendors of Jordan


Leticia Rios Rodriguez


Leticia Rios Rodriguez received her MA in Art History and is due to receive her PhD in December from the University of Texas, Austin. Fluent in Turkish and a Fulbright recipient for study in Turkey, she returns every year to that country for research. An enthusiastic instructor, she has taught classes at Texas State University, Austin Community College, and the University of Texas at Austin.


Trips with Leticia Rios Rodriguez:

Turkish Treasures 2015


Jennifer Rose


Jennifer Rose received her MA in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her PhD from Columbia University in Ancient Iranian Studies. While writing her doctoral dissertation (since published asThe Image of Zoroaster: The Persian Mage Through European Eyes), Dr. Rose was simultaneously a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Brunel University, London, and the Deputy Director of a Religious Education Centre that supported the teaching of world faiths in the British public school system. She is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, and is frequently an invited speaker at conferences in both North America and Europe. Apart from her two most recent publications on the Zoroastrian religion, Dr. Rose has published introductory books and other educational materials on the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. Her breadth of knowledge concerning the world's religions, and her particular interest in the historical interaction between Iranians and those of other cultures along the Silk Road, make her an ideal study leader.

Trips with Jennifer Rose:

Iran: Empires of Everlasting Fires

Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

William D. Sapp III


William D. Sapp, III received his Ph.D. from UCLA, where he studied with noted Moche scholar Christopher Donnan. His interests include the high civilizations of Andean South America, the development of sociopolitical complexity, and settlement patterns. Bill based his doctoral dissertation on his excavations of the palace of Cabur, in the Jequetepeque Valley. He spent another six seasons excavating at the Chimú administrative centers of Algarrobal de Moro and Farfán. Specializing in architecture and ceramics, Bill is an expert in the late pre-Hispanic cultures of the Peruvian North Coast-the Lambayeque and Chimú - as well as the Inka. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills. Conversant in Spanish, he is charming and articulate, and a knowledgeable study leader.

Trip with William D. Sapp III:

Peru: The Inka and Their Ancestors

Charles A. Stewart


Charles A. Stewart received a BA in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of York (England) and his PhD from Indiana University in History of Art. Dr. Stewart is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture and Chair of the Art History Program at the University of St. Thomas (Houston). The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he has also received teaching awards. A prolific author, Professor Stewart has published numerous articles and book chapters, and two books. He is in the process of finalizing four books including A History of Early Christian Art & Architecture and A History of Byzantine Art & Architecture. Dr. Stewart is proficient in reading several languages including Classical and Byzantine Greek.

Trips with Charles A. Stewart:

Turkish Treasures 2016

Jennifer Tobin


Jennifer Tobin received her BA in Classical Studies from Stanford University and her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. From 1992-97, she was Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. In 1997, she returned to the United States and is now Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Tobin worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Turkey and Greece including at Corinth and on Crete. She speaks Modern Greek, German, French, Italian and Turkish, and has published widely on everything from Roman architecture in Syria to Alexander the Great including Herodes Attikos and the City of Athens: Patronage and Conflict under the Antonines. She is a featured teacher for Modern Scholar, recorded not-for-credit lecture courses taught by university professors, including the Glory that was Greece.

Trips with Jennifer Tobin:

Elegant Turkey by Land and Sea 2016


Steven L. Tuck


Dr. Steven L. Tuck is a lecturer for the Great Courses and a highly regarded Professor in Classics and the History of Art at Miami University. After earning his B.A. in History and Classics at Indiana University, he received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Tuck is continually recognized as an excellent educator by Miami University, earning the Outstanding Professor Award three years in a row. In 2013, he was recognised with their highest honor for innovative and effective undergraduate teaching: the E. Phillips Knox Award. And in 2014, he was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has published widely in international journals on both Greek and Roman Art forms, social and political history, and archaeology. Dr. Tuck’s most recent monograph, A History of Roman Art, is now available through Wiley.


Trips with Steven Tuck:

Glorious Greece


Andrew Wilson


Andrew Wilson is a Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College. He received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. Dr. Wilson has taught courses in Chinese history at Wellesley College and at Harvard University, is an award-winning professor and an expert in both military and Asian history. He has been invited to speak at numerous military colleges and universities in the United States, has lectured on strategic theory and international security in nearly two dozen countries and six continents, has contributed to the curriculum of military colleges all over the world, and is a celebrated lecturer with The Great Courses (formerly The Teaching Company). Professor Wilson is a prolific author with works that include numerous articles on Chinese military history and Chinese sea power. Dr. Wilson’s extensive knowledge of Chinese military history, language and culture make him the ideal person to lead us in the footsteps of Genghiz Khan, one of the world’s most successful and legendary military masterminds.

Trips with Andrew Wilson:

Mongolia and China: In the Path of Genghiz Khan

Ruth Young


Ruth Young received her received her PhD from the University of Bradford and is currently a Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of  Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She is a published author in several books, magazines, and other journals, and is in the process of finalizing “The Archaeology of South Asia: from the Indus to Asoka” to be published by Cambridge World Archaeology. Dr. Young has done archaeological work in Nepal and Sri Lanka, and is the director of projects in both Pakistan and Iran. She is a member of the British Institute of Persian Studies.



Trips with Ruth Young:

Sri Lanka: Resplendent Land


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