Byzantine St. Stephen's Project Faculty & Staff

A list of all faculty, past and present, is included below.  Short bios are available for each, with links to their websites (where available):

Program Directors
Susan Guise Sheridan, Ph.D. Nancy O'Neill Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Sheridan has served as director of the St. Stephen's project since its inception in 1994. Her research foci include analysis of ancient diet and disease w/particular interest in childhood health/adaptability, occupational stress, and female reproductive status.  Other projects in the Near East have included analysis of remains from Qumran, the Late Bronze/early Iron Age site of Tel Dothan, and most recently, the Early Bronze remains from Bab ehd-Dhra in southern Jordan. She has also worked on populations from Sudan (Nubians) and the American Southwest (Hohokam). [homepage]

Jaime Ullinger, MA Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Jaime began her work with the project studying aspects of pilgrimage in 1999 while an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame.  She traveled to Jerusalem to work at St. Stephens for three summers.  Jaime completed her MA at Arizona State University in dental anthropology in 2003, and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship for doctoral study at Ohio State University.  She served as the graduate assistant for the course for 4 years, and is now one of the project co-directors.

Robert D. Haak, Ph.D. Professor, Religious Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Dr. Haak has traveled extensively in the Near East, participating in numerous digs and directing the summer abroad program for Augustana College.   He is a professor of Religion, specializing in the minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible.  For the 2005 Summer Program he will be serving as the  student fieldtrip coordinator, and financial director.

Program Assistants
Lesley Gregoricka Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Lesley graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 and will begin graduate study at the Ohio State University in the Fall.   She was a participant in the 2004 Summer NSF program, and has continued working with the St. Stephen's collection since.   She has conducted research at the Smithsonian Institution, Chicago's Field Museum, and for the Archaeometry Laboratory at Notre Dame.  She will be the teaching assistant for the Summer NSF program. 

Melissa Regan Forensic Science, George Washington University 

Melissa graduated from Notre Dame in 2005 and will begin study at George Washington University in Crime Scene Investigation in the Fall.  She participated in the 2004 Summer NSF program and has served as the Coordinator for the Laboratory for Biocultural Anthropology since.  She has been the principal curator of the Early Bronze Age skeletal collection from Bab edh-Dhra, Jordan.  Melissa will help with the osteology laboratory portion of the 2005 Summer NSF program 

Summer School Faculty and Staff (past 'n present)
Terrance Akai, Ph.D.  Associate Dean, Graduate School, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Akai is a professor of mathematics, who serves as an Associate Dean in the Graduate School, cooridnating the recruitment of students from underrepresented ethnic groups. He teaches two professional development modules for the program related to graduate school application.

George Armelagos, Ph.D. Professor & Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Professor  Armelagos is the Guest Scientist for the 2004 Summer program.  He is interested in the evolution of food choice, documenting the impact of agricultural development on health and disease. In addition, he has studied the evolutionary and ecological factors in the disease process, including,  the occurrence of osteoporosis, the use of antibiotics in prehistory, paleodemography, the use of multiple stress indicators in bones and teeth, and the evolution of diseases such as treponemal infection.  He will speak about diet reconstruction and participate in the evening ethics program.  [homepage]

Gabriel Barkay, Ph.D.  Professor, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv

Professor Barkay excavated the Iron Age tombs on the grounds of the École Biblique in the early 1970's.  It is from these tombs that the Byzantine bones used in the current study were exhumed.  Professor Barkay co-authored the paper on the material cultural found commingled with the human remains.  He was also a speaker for the 2000 Summer Field School program, providing a temporal depth to the Byzantine habitation.

Jeffrey Blakely, Ph.D.  Contract Archeologist. Archeological Assessments, Inc., Nashville, Arkansas.  Visiting Professor, Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin--Madison.

Dr. Blakely has worked extensively in the ancient Near East.  He is currently director of the Tel Hesi publication program, and will begin renewed excavations at the site this summer.  He also dug at Caesarea, and will lead the field trip to this site.  Dr Blakely provided the students in the 2001-3 programs with a perspective in anthropological archaeology for the region, and contributed to the ethics component with discussions about ownership of the past.

David Burr, Ph.D. Professor of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery; Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

Professor Burr received his doctorate in biological anthropology, and has since served as the Chair of Anatomy at several medical schools.  He has been a consultant to the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and NASA.  Heis the author of over 100 research articles and books on the structure and function of bone.   Dr. Burr will discuss his current research, and give students a tour of the medical school facilities at IU. [homepage]

Paul Cobb, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Dr. Cobb is a social and cultural historian of the pre-modern Middle East. By definition, his teaching and research are wide-ranging, with a special interest in medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1989), and an MA and PhD in Islamic history from the University of Chicago (1991, 1997). He has lectured to the Summer NSF program on the time period immediately following the Byzantine occupation of St. Stephen's.

Brian Daley, SJ, D. Phil. Huisking Chair in Theology, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Professor Daley is a specialist in Patristics, with primary research interests in the development of classical Christian theology in the Eastern churches, particularly Greek patristic Christology.  He will lecture on early Christian monasticism to place the Byzantine St. Stephen's collection in a temporal context.

Michael S Driscoll, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Theology, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Rev. Driscoll has been involved with the St. Stephen's project since 1997, when he added his expertise of liturgical practice to the study of daily activity patterns and asceticism.  His research interests include 9th century Carolingian liturgy in Western Europe.  He lectured to the 2000-03 summer students on Eastern Orthodox liturgy in Byzantine Palestine.   For the 2004 program, he will participate in the evening ethics component. [homepage]

Nigel Goren-Morris, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Archaeology,  Hebrew University-Jerusalem.

Dr. Goren led the 2000 Summer Field School students on a tour of his excavations at Kefar HaHoresh in the Carmel region of Israel.  This Neolithic site has yielded several plastered skulls and interesting burial patterns indicative of an ancient graveyard.  The students witnessed an active excavation, and were able to interact with several members of the excavation team.  [homepage]

Richard Haak, Ph.D. Professor, Microbiology,/Immunology and Physiology/Biophysics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Professor Haak has taught at the IU Medical school since the early 1970s and has served as the Chair of the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Student Recruitment Committee and of the Academic Standards Committee since 1988.  He will give the students a tour of the Microbiology, Immunology, and Physiology labs at the IU Medical School, and talk about research opportunities in a medical school setting.  [homepage]

Bruce Harris, MS Office of Information Technology, University of Notre Dame

Bruce Harris has a M.S. Degree in business administration and has been teaching PC applications since 1994. He specializes in software for educational and business institutions, particularly Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic.   He also teaches at Southwestern Michigan College and Productivity Point International.   He has instructed mini-courses in designing Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations for the Summer program since 2002.

David Jenkins, M.Div, M.L.S  Assistant Librarian, Anastos Byzantine Collection, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 

David Jenkins is the librarian for Notre Dame's exceptional Anastos Byzantine Studies Collection.  He is charged with processing and cataloging the Anastos collection and responsible for its future development as a scholarly resource for Byzantine studies.  He will give the students a tour of the library, and outline the numerous resources available for the textual aspects of their research.

Walter Kaegi, Ph.D. Professor, History,, University of Chicago;  Voting Member, Oriental Institute.

Professor Kaegi is widely published in Byzantine and Late Roman history, especially from the fourth thru eleventh centuries.  He investigates relationships between Byzantium and the Near East, including Islam, and military and historiographical subjects and their interrelationships with religion adn thought.   He gave a lecture on Byzantine pilgrimage to the 2002 students on their trip to the Oriental Institute in Chicago.  [homepage]

Clark Spencer Larsen, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Dept. of Anthropology, Ohio State Univeresity; Columbus, OH

Professor  Larsen is the Guest Scientist for the Summer 2006 program.   He specializes in the areas of biomechanics, paleopathology, dietary reconstruction (stable isotope analysis, tooth microwear)..  He has also begun studying the impact of the plague (Black Death) on medieval-era Danes, and is a collaborator on the large Global History of Health project, involving the study of skeletons from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.  Professor Larsen has served as the President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and iscurrently editor-in-chief of American Journal of Physical Anthropology. [homepage]

Justin Lev-Tov, Ph.D. Staff Archaeozoologist and Editor, University of Alabama Museums, Tuscaloosa, AL

Dr. Lev Tov is a zooarchaeologist working on collections from Tel Miqne/Ekron and Hazor.  He analyzed the small cache of non-human skeletal remains found commingled with the human bones at St. Stephens as well   (click here to see his analysis of the animal bones).  He lectured to the 2002 Summer students on archaeozoological methods.

JiLiang Li, MD, Ph.D. Assistant  Scientist, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis,  IN.

Dr. Li received his medical degree in China and his Ph.D. from Kagawa Medical University in Japan.  He has research interests in mechanical adaptation in bone, microdamage accumulation and imaging of microdamage in bone, osteoporosis therapies using biophosphates.   He will show the students how to use the MicroCT scanner and discuss aspects of his research.

Jodi Magness, Ph.D. Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early

Dr. Magness consulted on the identification of the material culture at St. Stephen's commingled with the human remains, and will be lecturing this summer for the project's field school in Jerusalem.  Dr. Magness published the authoritative text on the region's Byzantine ceramic chronology, as well as dozens of articles on Byzantine archaeology.  She has excavated several sites in the Mediterranean region, presented over a hundred lectures on her research, and serves on the board of numerous institutes/foundations related to Near Eastern archaeology and Classics.  She provided a tour of Byzantine Jerusalem to the 2000 Summer program students.

Edward Maher, Ph.D. Fellow, WF Albright Institute, Jerusalem

Dr. Maher is a zooarchaeologist who specializes in collections from the Levant.  He has worked on many archaeological projects throughout Israel and Palestine.  He provided a tour of the zoological collections at the Field Museum in Chicago for the 2003 Summer program.

James McKenna, Ph.D.  Joyce Chair of Anthropology, Univ. of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Professor McKenna has become known worldwide for his work in promoting studies of breast feeding and mother-infant cosleeping. McKenna began his career studying the social behavior and development of monkeys and apes with an emphasis on parenting behavior and ecology.  He has published over 130 scientific papers, most on infant sleep and SIDS, and three books.   He discussed aspects of childhood health and adaptibility for students in the Summer 2002 program.   [homepage]

Robert Mullins, Ph.D.

Dr. Mullins has worked extensively in Israel/Palestine for almost 2 decades, supervising excavations at Beit She'an and Tel Rehov.  He led the all-day Wadi Kelt tour for the summer field schools from 1997 thru 2000, pointing out Roman/Byzantine ruins along the way to the monestary of Choziba (St. George's).  He also taught the students about the flora and fauna of the region.

Thomas Noble, Ph.D. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Professor Noble has written 4 books and over 30 articles on Medieval History.  He currently serves as the director of Notre Dame's reknowned Medieval Institute.  Professor Noble will discuss aspects of textual analysis with the students on their visit to the Anastos Byzantine Collection.

James Phillips, Ph.D. Professor, Anthropology, University of Illinois-Chicago; Curator of Near Eastern Collections, Field Museum.

Professor Phillips' research revolves around the understanding of modern human behavior and its subsequent development in the Levantine corridor.  At present, his research is directed towards survey and excavation in the Judean desert.   He will discuss his research with the students, and give an "insiders tour" of the Near Eastern holdings of Chicago's Field Museum.  He will also discuss the research opportunities available in a museum setting.

Jan Poorman, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Graduate School, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Professor Poorman has played a principal role in the design and implementation of the Graduate School's program of initiatives for the recruitment of students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, which have led to a 240% increase in the number of entering minority graduate students at Notre Dame. She will teach two professional development modules for the program related to graduate school application.

Mary Lucas Powell, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Dr. Powell is a bioarchaeologist specializing in the natural history of ancient disease, with particular interest tuberculosis, leprosy, and the various forms of treponematosis.  She is also the editor of the Paleopathology Newsletter.  Dr Powell directed a paleopathological survey of the Byzantine St. Stephen's collectionin a week-long workshop on ancient diet and disease for the 2003 Field School.

Alex Robling, Ph.D. Assistant Scientist, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 

Dr. Robling's long term research goals include understanding the effects of mechanical loading on bone at the organ, tissue, and cellular levels.  Specific interests include determinants of bone cell mechanosensiitivity; research in this field involves studies of genetic regulation of mechanosensitivity, and cellular mechanisms involved in bone cell desensitization after mechanical loading.  Dr. Robling will demonstrate the equipment in the anatomy and cell biology laboratories, and speak about the role of a biological anthropologist in a medical school research setting.

Robert Schick Ph.D.  Henry Martin Institute for Islamic Studies, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Schick has long consulted on questions of Byzantine history in the Holy Land for the St. Stephen's project.  He also lectured for the Summer Field School program, leading a comprehensive tour of Islamic sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, including a detailed survey of sites around the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque.  He likewise pointed out important architectural features around the city, monuments of importance to Islamic history, and provided a temporal perspective on the city immediately following the destruction of Byzantine St. Stephen's.

Mark R. Schurr, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Schurr helped temporally place the St. Stephen's collection using fluoride analysis, and has instructed several "Osteology" classes in archaeological chemistry methods.  His principle research interests include the dynamics  and evolution of chiefdom and tribal societies, with specializations in archaeologial chemistry, mortuary analysis, and geophysical methods.  He will speak to the 2004 Summer program about the use of stable isotopes for diet reconstruction.  [archaeology fieldschool homepage]

Stephen Shoemaker, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Dr. Shoemaker spoke to the Summer 2000 Field School about Byzantine monasticism in the Near East, with particular emphasis on Egypt and Palestine.  His lecture provided an important historical/textual context for the biological and archaeological components of the field school.  [homepage]

John Spencer, Ph.D.  Professor, Religious Studies, John Carroll University; and, Vice President, WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Professor Spencer has been with the program since 2000.  He will discuss the history of Israel/Palestine, providing an important temporal depth for the students' research.  He will also discuss the use of texts in archaeological research, and outline the benefits and pitfalls of written translations (exegesis).   Dr. Spencer will be the first speaker in the Ethics Component, discussing "Science as a Way of Knowing."

Kyle Smith, MAGraduate Student, Religion, Duke University

Kyle Smith spent 2003-04 as a Fulbright Fellow at the École Biblique studying aspects of Byzantine monasticism, as practiced by the  monks of St. Stephen's.  He completed his bachelors degree in Philosophy/International Peace Studies, and his MA in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame.   He lectured on early monasticism and his studies in the Judean desert. 

Edward Srour, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Director, Flow Cytometry Resource Facility, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Srour's research program has focused on the characterization and biology of human hematopoietic stem cells and their use in bone marrow transplantation and as efficient vehicles for retroviral mediated somatic gene transfer. The laboratory is also interested in examining the specificity and mechanisms involved in directed homing of stem cells to the bone marrow following transplantation and during ontogeny. Dr. Srour provided a tour of the Flow Cytometry Facility to the 2002 Summer Program students.

Anne Underhill, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Illinois-Chicago; Curator of East Asian Archaeology, Field Museum, Chicago

Dr. Underhill specializes in the late prehistoric period of China. She is directing a collaborative project seeking to understand changes in the regional economy over time and the development of social stratification.  She has provided tours of the Field Museum holdings for the past two Summer NSF groups of students and has kept them apprised of research opportunities at the museum.

Dennis P. Van Gerven, Ph.D. Professor, Anthropology, and Director of Honors, University of Colorado, Boulder CO.

Professor Van Gerven is a physical anthropologist whose work has included long-term analysis of a Medieval Nubian skeletal collection, exploration of an Andean site in Peru, and study of a large Hohokam collection from the American Southwest.  He is likewise known as an outstanding lecturer, counting among his numerous teaching honors the Presidental Teaching Award for the State of Colorado.  He was the 2002 Guest Scientist and has continued as the program statistician since, working directly with students to design the best methods to analyze their data.

Richard Ward, Ph.D. Professor, Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN .

Professor Ward studies growth and development, cranial-facial and skeletal biology, medical genetics, and applied physical anthropology.   Students in the 2004 program will visit Dr. Ward's labs after visiting the IU Medical School facilities.

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