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   sheridan.5@nd.edu

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]


Robert D. Haak, Ph.D. Professor, Religious Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL  haak.3@nd.edu

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.  He joined the project in 2001 as the student fieldtrip coordinator, and financial director.

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Program Assistants
Jaime Ullinger, MA Distinguished Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. ullinger.1@osu.edu

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 has served as the graduate assistant for the course since its inception.


Mary Elizabeth Kovacik Anthropology Major, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. mkovacik@nd.edu

Mary Elizabeth is currently an undergraduate at Notre Dame, concentrating in biology and anthropology.  She was a participant in the 2002 Summer NSF program, and has continued working with the St. Stephen's collection since.  She has served as a teaching assistant to several genetics classes in the Biological Sciences program, and for Human Osteology in the Anthropology department.   She will be a teaching assistant for the 2004 Summer NSF program. 

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Summer School Faculty and Staff
George Armelagos, Ph.D. Professor & Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA   antga@learnlink.emory.edu

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.   jblakely@facstaff.wisc.edu

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.

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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. dburr@iupui.edu

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]


Brian Daley, SJ, D. Phil. Huisking Chair in Theology, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.  daley.3@nd.edu

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.  driscoll.7@nd.edu

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]

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

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 .  rhaak@indy.edu

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   larsen.53@osu.edu

Professor  Larsen is the Guest Scientitis 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   jlevtov@bama.edu

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.

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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 Judaism   magness@email.unc.edu

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   efmaher@hotmail.com

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  mckenna.25@nd.edu

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]


Thomas Noble, Ph.D. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN    noble.8@nd.edu

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.

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

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.  poorman.2@nd.edu

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    powell@pop.uky.edu

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.

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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  schickrobert@hotmail.com

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 schurr.1@nd.edu

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]


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

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."

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

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   auhill@fieldmuseum.org 

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. dennis.vangerven@colorado.edu

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 . reward@iupui.edu

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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