Dr Jennifer Tobin

Associate Professor of History and Classics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Greek and Roman Art & Archaeology

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. She is now Professor Emerita in the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Tobin has worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Greece. She speaks Modern Greek, German, French, Italian and Turkish, and has published widely on everything from Roman architecture in Syria to Alexander the Great. 

Her books include Black Cilicia: A Study of the Plain of Issus during the Roman and Late Roman Periods and Herodes Attikos and the City of Athens. She has been a featured teacher for The Modern Scholar series – Learn Out Loud, recorded not-for-credit lecture courses taught by university professors, including the Glory that was Greece and The Grandeur that was Rome. Twice a recipient of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Silver Circle Teaching Award, Professor Tobin’s enthusiasm, marvelous teaching skills, and appreciation of the people and archaeology of the Mediterranean World is infectious.

“Her explanations and hand-outs were excellent and she was always ready to discuss various topics and answer questions. In spite of being a ‘Roman’ expert, she knew a lot about every other culture and site we visited. Always patient, never seemed stressed. We would travel with her as a study leader any time.” – Suzy & Bill Fletcher

“Dr Jennifer Tobin was fabulous! She made this tour so great, with the depth of her knowledge, and her obvious enthusiasm for Turkish culture and ancient history. Also, she has a wicked sense of humor which added to our enjoyment. I also loved her ‘hand-outs’ for each site!” – Christine Kaferly


Archaeology Tours Led by Jennifer Tobin

Tunisia - Now Accepting 2025 Deposits

The Wonders of Tunisia Tour

16 Days
Availability : October 14 - 29, 2025
Travel through Tunisia and experience the country’s riches from Punic remains, Roman theaters, aqueducts and more
Türkiye - 2024 SOLD OUT; Now Accepting 2025 Deposits

Türkiye: Sail the Sapphire Seas by Wooden Gulet

15 Days
Availability : October 2024; October 1 – 15, 2025
Cruise the southwestern coast of Turkey and experience the wealth of remains of former civilizations, fascinating crusader’s castles, and remote fishing villages.
Türkiye - Now Accepting 2025 Deposits

Western Türkiye Tour

17 Days
Availability : May 26 - June 11, 2025
Tour Western Turkey: Ankara, Cappadocia, Sagalassos, Assos, Istanbul and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Türkiye - Now Accepting 2025 Deposits

Eastern Türkiye Tour

16 Days
Availability : May 12 – 27, 2025
Discover a treasure-trove of castles and tombs, four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and both Karahan Tepe and Göbekli Tepe, possibly the world’s oldest temples.

Historical Tour of Petra and Jordan

14 Days
Availability : April 2024 & 2025
Tour Jordan and Petra and discover Madaba, Jerash, Wadi Rum, Umayyad fortress-palaces in the eastern desert and all the wonders of Jordan

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