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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; Professor of Anthropology (by courtesy); Professor of the History of Art and Architecture (by courtesy)

Phone: (401) 863-3710
Susan_Alcock@brown.edu

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 has been involved with fieldwork in Greece and Armenia, but she is now directing the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP), exploring numerous aspects of the urban site and rural hinterland of Petra in southern Jordan.

Interests

Alcock 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. As noted, she has principally worked on Hellenistic and Roman cultures (late first millennium BC/early first millennium AD) in the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, but she has also worked on the long-term history of Messenia (southern Greece), the homeland of the famed 'helots' of antiquity. Her research has taken her in various odd directions, but has fairly constant engaged with issues of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory, while also attempting to blur the traditional distinction of 'historian' and 'archaeologist.'

For most of her career, her fieldwork was located in Greece, and typically has taken the form of regional investigations, which privilege broad investigations of the landscape over specific site-based excavation. Alcock is a recognized proponent of the methodology of systematic pedestrian survey, and has pioneered this type of archaeological evidence as means to answer long-standing 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 the Vorotan Project in southern Armenia. She is currently directing the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP) in southern Jordan.

Awards

Fellowships:

2006-2011:
Senior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies

2004-05:
Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows

2001-06:
MacArthur Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

2002-03:
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)

1993-94:
A. Bartlett Giamatti Faculty Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, The University of Michigan

1988-90:
Junior Research Fellowship, Clare College, University of Cambridge

1985-88:
Churchill College Research Studentship, University of Cambridge

1983-85:
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

1996-97:
College of Literature, Science and the Arts 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
College of Literature, Science and the Arts 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

Affiliations

American Association of Museums

European Association of Archaeologists

Society for American Archaeology

American Anthropological Association

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

The Classical Association

Cambridge Philological Society

Archaeological Institute of America

Funded Research

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 ($8,000)

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 ($2,500)

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"

2000-02:
Co-Principal Investigator, "Spatial Analysis and the Archaeology of Old World Civilizations," Spatial Analyses and GIS Initiative, The University of Michigan (ca. $65,000)

1998-99:
Michigan Humanities Award (one-term of sabbatical support), The University of Michigan

1999:
College of Literature, Science and the Arts Faculty Assistance Fund, The University of Michigan ($1,600)

1999:
Fieldwork Fund Grant, The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, The University of Michigan ($2,000)

1997:
College of Literature, Science and the Arts Faculty Assistance Fund, The University of Michigan ($700; $300)

1996:
Career Development Award, The University of Michigan ($5,000)

1996:
Office of the Vice President for Research Discretionary Funds, The University of Michigan ($1,500)

1995-96:
Rackham Grant and Fellowship Program, The University of Michigan ($5,400)

1995-96:
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Faculty Development Fund, The University of Michigan ($3,500)

1995:
Excavation Fund Grant, The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, The University of Michigan ($7,400)

1994:
Excavation Fund Grant, The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, The University of Michigan ($7,200)

1993-94:
Rackham Grant and Fellowship Program, The University of Michigan ($1,450) (declined)

1992-93:
Office of the Vice President for Research Discretionary Funds (grant for UNIX Workstation; ca. $21,000), The University of Michigan

1992-93:
College of Literature, Science and the Arts Faculty Assistance Fund, The University of Michigan ($500)

1991-92:
Research Grant, The Society of Antiquaries of London (ca. $2,000)

1991-92:
British Academy Major Research Grant: Archaeology (ca. $10,000)

1991-92:
Personal research assistant, University of Reading Research Endowment (ca. $30,000)

1984-89:
Travel grants from the Faculty of Classics, Clare College and Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Curriculum Vitae

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