AIA Lecturer/Host: James Higginbotham
Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College
Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College, holds a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman colonies, as well as the social history of the late Roman Republic. Professor Higginbotham was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Research Grant to Italy and the Oscar Broneer Fellowship in Classical Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome.
In addition to teaching courses in Archaeology and the Classical Languages, Professor Higginbotham has excavated Classical sites in Greece, Israel, and Italy, where he has been Field Director of the joint University of Michigan-Bowdoin College excavations at Paestum since 1993. In his capacity as Curator for Ancient Art, Professor Higginbotham oversees the collection of antiquities housed in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. His recent publications include Ars Antiqua: Treasures from the Ancient Mediterranean World at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, 2005), Piscinae: Artificial Fishponds in Roman Italy (Chapel Hill, 1997), and contributions in J.G. Pedley and M. Torelli’s The Sanctuary of Santa Venera at Paestum I (Rome, 1993). Professor Higginbotham has received excellent reviews as the AIA lecturer and host on eight voyages in the Mediterranean and Black Seas since 2004, including two aboard Aegean Odyssey, and looks forward to exploring the Black Sea again with our group this summer.