Years at Knox: 2008 to present
Ph.D., 2007, Stanford University.
B.A., 1998, University of Colorado-Boulder.
Roman archaeology and history, theory of archaeological and historical methods, Roman religions (especially Second Temple Judaism), cultural heritage management, comparative study of empires.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Grant for Dhiban research, Knox College, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), Faculty Career Enhancement Grant for Dhiban (Jordan) field project, 2009.
Department of Classics, Stanford University, competitive funding for research in Israel, Italy, Jordan, and Syria, 2000-2007.
Archaeology Center, Stanford University; competitive funding for Dhiban (Jordan) field project, June 2005.
Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005.
Graduate Research Opportunity Fund Grant, Dean of Humanities. Stanford for Dhiban (Jordan) field project, May 2004.
Stanford Classics Department Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2004.
Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Israel), Miqne Research Fellowship, 1998-2000.
University of Colorado, Boulder. Office of International Education Scholarship, 1996-1997.
Rotary Club International Scholarship, Boulder (CO) chapter, 1996-1997.
"The 2009 Season at Dhiban." Co-authored with K.A. Adeslsberger, B. Porter, and B. Routledge. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, In Press.
"The 2005 Season at Dhiban." Co-authored with Porter, B. and Routledge, B. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 54 (2011): 9-34.
"Exploring Heritage Discourses in Central Jordan." in Filtering the Past, Building the Future: Archaeology, Tradition and Politics in the Middle East. Co-authored with Jacobs, J., Porter, B., Routledge, B. Edited by R. Boytner, L.S. Dodd, B.J. Parker. Tucson, AR: University of Arizona Press. In Controlling the Past, Owning the Future: The Political Uses of Archaeology in the Middle East (2010): 157-177.
"The Power of Place." In Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan. Co-authored with Porter, B. and Routledge, B. Edited by T.E. Levy, P.M.M. Daviau, R.W. Younker, and M. Shaer. London: Equinox Publishing, 2007.
"The 2004 Season at Dhiban: Prospection, Preservation, and Planning." Co-authored with Porter, B., Routledge, B., Parslow, C., de Jong, L., and Zimmerlee, W. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2005.
"Tall Dhiban." Co-authored with Porter, B., Routledge, B. American Journal of Archaeology 109 (2005): 542-544.
"Nation Building and Archaeological Narrative in the West Bank." The Stanford Journal of Archaeology, 2002.
"Purity, Power and the Invention of the Hasmonean Bathing Tradition." The Hellenistic Court: An International Conference of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2011.
"Measuring Indigenous Response to Imperial Interventions: Subaltern Perspectives from Dhiban." With Benjamin Porter. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2011.
"Long-term Settlement Reconstruction: GIS and Survey at Dhiban, Jordan." With Andrew T. Wilson. ASOR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2011.
"In Search of Empire: the 2009 On-Site Survey at Dhiban (Jordan)." Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 2010.
"The Romanization of Herod." Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009.
"In Search of Empire: The 2009 Season at Dhiban, Jordan." AIA Western Illinois Society Lecture, Monmouth, Illinois, 2009.
"The Habits of Empire: Baths in Roman Palestine." AIA Western Illinois Society lecture, Monmouth, Illinois, 2009.
"The Romanization of Herod." Classical Association, Liverpool, UK, 2008.
"Questions of Monumentality: Roman Archaeology at Dhiban, Jordan." Critical Roman Archaeology Conference, Stanford University, 2008.
"As the Romans Do? Bathing in Herodian Palestine." AIA Annual Meeting, 2007.
"Balks not Bombs: Community Archaeology at Dhiban (Jordan)," American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, 2004.
"Post Aedem Castoris: Stanford's Project in the Roman Forum," Northern California Classical Association meeting (invited lecture), 2004.
"Exploring Heritage Discourses at Dhiban, Jordan," Filtering the Past, Building the Future: Archaeology, Tradition, and Politics in the Middle East conference, University of Utah (invited participant), 2004.
"Holy water and secular purities: ritual bathing in ancient Palestine," University of Michigan Classics Graduate Conference, 2003.
"Nation Building and Archaeological Narrative in the West Bank," Archaeology Graduate Conference, Stanford, 2001.
Campus & Community Involvement
President, Archaeological Institute of America, Western Illinois society.
Co-Director, Dhiban Excavation and Development Project.
Knox-Dhiban Ceramics Lab.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.