Program Advisors

Core Faculty

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    Ellen Hoobler

    Assistant Professor of Art History

    Serves as co-advisor of the Archaeology Program, focusing on the new world. She is fluent in Spanish and is an avid world traveler. Her current research project deals with artworks as a tool of diplomacy and cultural interchange between Mexico and the United States in the 1930s. In 2014, she was named one of NerdScholar’s “40 professors under 40” for her support of undergraduates. Before Cornell, she taught at Columbia University, worked for the art auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York, and led art-focused tours in Mexico. Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University; B.A., Wellesley College.

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    Phil Venticinque

    Assistant Professor of Classics

    Focuses on the social and economic history of the Greek and Roman worlds, in particular Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, and contributes this expertise to the range of courses he teaches in Greek and Roman history, Greek and Latin language and literature, and courses focused on connections between the classical and near eastern worlds, including Egypt After the Pyramids and Egypt in the Imagination. He was awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to support the research and writing of a book. Venticinque's research has been published in Historia, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, and The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. Ph.D., M.A, B.A., University of Chicago.

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    Rhawn Denniston

    Professor of Geology

    Teaches several courses related to archaeology, including Climate Change, Earth Surface Systems, and Climates of the Ice Age. Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., Hamilton College.

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    John Gruber-Miller

    Professor of Classics

    Teaches off-campus courses on Greek and Roman Archaeology and courses in Latin and Greek. Ph.D. and M.A., The Ohio State University; B.A., Xavier University.

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    John Doershuk

    Lecturer in Anthropology

    Has taught various courses in anthropology over the years, including Archaeology, Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods, Human Origins, and Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North America. He became the Iowa State Archaeologist in July 2007.

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Affiliated Faculty

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    Ben Greenstein

    Professor of Geology

    Teaches the course Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Ph.D. and M.S., University of Cincinnati; B.A., University of Rochester.

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  • Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour

    Associate Professor of Spanish

    Teaches Latin American History as well as courses in Spanish. Ph. D. and M.A., University of Iowa.

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    Christina Morris Penn-Goetsch

    Professor of Art History

    Teaches the course Etruscan and Roman Art. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of Virginia.

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    Judith Siebert

    Lecturer in Anthropology and Latin American Studies

    Teaches the course The Maya.

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    Cindy Strong

    Professor of Chemistry

    Teaches courses in analytical chemistry. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; B.A., Whitman College.

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    Emily Walsh

    Associate Professor of Geology

    Teaches a number of courses that may count towards an archaeology major including Mineralogy, and she has also co-led the off-campus course Greek Archaeology. Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara; B.A., Middlebury College.

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