AIA Lecturer/Host: Jenifer Neils
Chair of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University
A professor of ancient art history and a classical archaeologist for thirty years, Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Jenifer Neils is an expert on the ancient Mediterranean. She holds the Ruth Coulter Heede Chair of Art History and Classics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and regularly teaches courses on the art and archaeology of the ancient world from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Recently she has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. As a field archaeologist Professor Neils has participated in excavations in Etruria and Sicily, Italy, as well as in northern Greece, and has published material from both Etruscan and Greek sites. She has held fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the J. Paul Getty Research Center, and the Paul Mellon Center for British Art at Yale.
As a museum curator Professor Neils has organized or co-organized two highly-acclaimed international loan exhibitions of Greek art, one dealing with the worship of Athena in Athens (“Goddess and Polis”), and a second on childhood in antiquity (“Coming of Age in Ancient Greece," co-organized and co-curated by John H. Oakley). She has also has written a dozen books ranging from the history of ceramics to the Parthenon. Her latest is The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece (2008). Professor Neils currently serves as the Vice President for Publications of the Archaeological Institute of America. During the 2011-12 academic year she is the Joukowsky Lecturer for the AIA. An indefatigable traveler, Professor Neils has served as study leader for over a dozen trips to ancient sites throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East.