Officers

President

Nancy Serwint teaches ancient art and archaeology at Arizona State University with a focus on the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean basin. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University in 1987 and an M.A. from the same institution in 1983. Prior to that she received an M.A. in Art History (ancient) from the University of Chicago in 1977, and her B.A. in Classics (ancient Greek) was awarded in 1973 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a classical archaeologist, she has worked on excavations in Sicily (Morgantina), in the Athenian Agora, at ancient Corinth, and since 1983 at ancient Marion/Arsinoe in Cyprus. Her research focus has been varied with investigation and publications dealing with ancient athleticism and athletic representations in the Greek sculptural repertoire and gender issues in Cyprus and the ancient Near East. Her recent work is devoted to the study of the coroplastic arts of Cyprus and ancient Israel, focusing on production and manufacturing strategies, cross-cultural stylistic influences, and the role played by terracotta votive sculpture in cult ritual and religious worship.

Vice President

Dr. Almira Poudrier is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Greek from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Classics from SUNY Buffalo. Her research interests include Greek history and religion, particularly the material culture of religious space and cult described in Herodotus. A specialist in teaching first-year Latin, she teaches many of the lower division Latin courses at ASU as well as frequent courses in ancient Greek and Roman language, myth and culture. As faculty sponsor of Solis Diaboli (the Classics club on campus), and as liaison for Apples + Archaeology, she organizes classroom visits and several outreach activities both on and off campus.

Secretary

Carrie Tovar is Registrar at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). She has a B.A. in Art History from ASU and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She has excavated at the site of Marion/Arsinoe in Cyprus as well as in Ancient Messene in Greece. She worked as a Curatorial Assistant in the Antiquities Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum for 8 years before deciding to move home to Phoenix. Carrie primarily works in collections management and enjoys the challenges that come with the preservation of museum and archaeological collections. Her research interests are varied with her thesis focusing on representations of the goddess Nike to a more current focus on art of the Roman Provinces.

Treasurer

Matt Simonton is Assistant Professor of Ancient History in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU. He holds a BA in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA in Political Science from Stanford University, and a PhD in Classics, also from Stanford. His research focuses on the political history of Archaic and Classical Greece, in particular on issues of constitutional theory and social conflict. He is currently working on a book manuscript on Classical Greek oligarchies. At ASU he teaches courses on global history, Greek and Roman history, Athenian democracy, and politics in the ancient world.

Program Coordinator

Chelsea Walter currently is a graduate student at Arizona State University. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Art History, both from Arizona State University. Chelsea is a research assistant for Princeton University’s Archaeological Research Team in Cyprus, as well as a digital curator for The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). She is the Vice President of the Council of Graduate Art Historians (CoGAH), a Graduate Support Mentor, and a former Assembly Representative of Humanities for the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Chelsea’s thesis focuses on equestrian representations in the ancient Near East, specifically those found at the ancient city of Marion located on the northwest coast of Cyprus.

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