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Susan E. Alcock

Director of Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology, Professor of Classics:
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
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Sue Alcock is a classical archaeologist, with interests in the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her fieldwork has, until recently, taken the form of regional investigations in Greece and Armenia, but she is now co-director of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project - (BUPAP) - in southern Jordan.

Biography

Sue Alcock is a classical archaeologist, with interests in the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. She is currently conducting fieldwork at and around the site of Petra in southern Jordan.

Interests

She was trained, at Yale and at the University of Cambridge, in the field of classical archaeology — that is the archaeology of the circum-Mediterranean world. Her research interests chiefly target the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. She has also worked on the long-term history of Messenia (southern Greece), the homeland of the famed 'helots' of antiquity. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her work attempts to straddle the usual divide of 'historian' and 'archaeologist.'

For most of her career, her fieldwork was located in Greece, and typically has taken the form of regional investigations. She is a proponent of the relatively new methodology of systematic pedestrian survey, and has pioneered the employment of this type of archaeological evidence to answer historical questions. Her fieldwork includes the urban survey of Phlius in the northeast Peloponnese (as part of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project) and co-directorship of the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (in Messenia, southwestern Greece) and of the Vorotan Project in Armenia.

In 2010, Alcock launched the first season of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP),a multi-disciplinary archaeological research project designed to understand the development of Petra and its surrounding landscapes diachronically, throughout the region and at multiple individual sites.

Degrees

B.A. (Yale), B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Awards

Fellowships:
2006-2011
Senior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies , Harvard University, Washington, DC
2004-2005
Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
2001-2006
MacArthur Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
2002-2003
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA
2000, 2002
Invited Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (May-June)
1993-1994
A. Bartlett Giamatti Faculty Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, The University of Michigan
1988-1990
Junior Research Fellowship, Clare College, University of Cambridge
1985-1988
Churchill College Research Studentship, University of Cambridge
1983-1985
Yale University Clare-Mellon Fellowship, University of Cambridge


Honors and Awards:
2012
Honorary Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge.
2012
Corresponding Member, German Archaeological Institute
2007
Elected Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London
2006
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Program in the Ancient World, Princeton University
2004
Spiro Kostof Award, Society of Architectural Historians
2003
Hyde Visitor, Group in Ancient History, University of Pennsylvania
1998
Henry Russel Award, The University of Michigan
1998
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award , Archaeological Institute of America
1996-1997
LS&A Excellence in Education Award, The University of Michigan
1996
Distinguished Faculty Member, Michigan Association of Governing Boards
1995
1923 Literary and Education Class Memorial Teaching Award, The University of Michigan
1992-93
LS&A Excellence in Education Award, The University of Michigan
1985
Wace Medal for Classical Archaeology; Walston Studentship,
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Owst Prize, Clare College, University of Cambridge
1984
Henry Arthur Thomas Travel Exhibition; Koumoulides Award, Faculty of Classics,University of Cambridge
1983
Saybrook College Marshal, Yale University
1982
Phi Beta Kappa, New Haven Chapter; Julian Biddle Award, Yale University


Distinguished Named Lectures:
2016
Martin Lecturer, Oberlin College
2010
The William J. Battle Lecturer, Department of Classics, University of Texas, Austin
2010
Poultney Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins University
2009
Bross Lecturer, University of Chicago
2009
Trustees Lecture, The American School of Classical Studies in Athens
2008
Hacker Lecturer, University of Heidelberg
2008
Invited Lecturer, Darwin Lecture Series on 'Serendipity', University of Cambridge
2007
J. L. Myres Memorial Lecture, Oxford University
1998
W.B. Stanford Lecture Series, School of Classics, Trinity College, Dublin

Affiliations

2006— American School of Oriental Research
2000— American Association of Museums
1998— European Association of Archaeologists
1994— Society for American Archaeology
1994-96, 2003—2005 American Anthropological Association
1991— Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
1991— The Classical Association
1990— Cambridge Philological Society
1989— Archaeological Institute of America

Teaching

Greek and Roman archaeology and art history; food in the ancient world; archaeologies of empire; archaeologies of memory; field archaeology

Funded Research

To 2000:
2012 Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation Grant: Brown University Petra Archaeological Project 2012 Season ($5,000)
2011-2012 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant: Brown University Petra Archaeological Project 2011 Season ($20,000)
2011-2012 Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation Grant: Brown University Petra Archaeological Project 2011 Season ($5,000)
2011-2013 Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans, Susan E. Alcock, John Bodel, and Stephen Houston, co-PIs ($175,000)
2011-2012 Seed Fund Award for International Research in Global Humanities, Office of International Affairs, Brown University: Urban Cultural Heritage & Creative Practice, Susan E. Alcock, Steven Lubar, and Rebecca Schneider, co-PIs ($50,000)
2011-2012 Getty Summer Institute Grant, Getty Foundation: The Arts of Rome's Provinces, Susan E. Alcock and Natalie Boymel Kampen, co-PIs ($415,000)
2011— Special projects grant, Office of the President, Brown University: Partners for a New Beginning – Heritage as Bridge, Susan E. Alcock and Matthew Gutmann, co-PIs ($25,000)
2010 International Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Office of the Dean of College, Brown University: Supervising Undergraduate Student Harrison Stark, 2010 ($3,500)
2009-2012 Research Seed Funding Award, Office of the Vice-President for Research, Brown University: Material Matters: A Collaboration Between Archaeology and Engineering, Susan E. Alcock and Brian W. Sheldon, co-PIs, 2009-2010 ($80,000)
2007 Internationalization Seed Grant, Office of International Affairs, Brown University: Anglo-Americans Antiquarians and Early Modern Science ($10,000)
2007 Lecturers Fund Grant, Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Brown University: Highways and Byways in the Pre-modern World, John Bodel, co-PI ($5,000)
2006-2007 National Geographic Society Grant No. 8052-06: Vorotan Project, Southern Armenia, 2006 Season, Susan E. Alcock and John F. Cherry, co-PIs ($19,909)
2006 National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration (#8052-06; $19,909)
2005 Office of the Vice President of Research, Preliminary and Small Scale Projects, The University of Michigan ($15,000)
2005 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund ($8000)
2004 Rackham Discretionary Funds; Department of Classical Studies Discretionary Funds; Office of the Vice President of Research Small Grants for Major Conference Research, The University of Michigan for support of 'The Edge of Roman Dining: a symposium in honor of John H. D'Arms'
2004 Kelsey Fieldwork Fund, The University of Michigan ($2500)
2001-02 Office of the Vice President of Research Small Grants for Major Conference Research; Rackham Discretionary Funds, Kelsey Museum Discretionary Fund, Department of Classical Studies, The University of Michigan, for support of an international workshop, 'Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Perspectives in Mediterranean Regional Studies'
2000-2002 Co-Principal Investigator, 'Spatial Analysis and the Archaeology of Old World Civilizations,' Spatial Analyses and GIS Initiative, The University of Michigan (ca. $65,000)

Curriculum Vitae

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