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Visiting Professor & Researchers/Scholars

  • Gilad Shtienberg

    Gilad Shtienberg

    Visiting Post-doctoral Scholar
    Academic Year 2018-2019

    Gilad Shtienberg received his Ph.D. in Coastal geomorphology with an emphasis on anthropogenic influences, University of Haifa, studies long-term climate change in Israel and neighboring lands as a model for more general issues of global environmental change. He specializes in the understanding theoretical and practical aspects of the landscape changes that occur in the dynamic environments of the coast zone. His recent projects focus on human settlement during the Biblical periods along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast.

    Research interests: Geoarchaeology, Palaeo-landscape reconstruction, Anthropogenic processes effecting soil and landscape, Shallow continental shelf morphology.

    UCSD Classes:

    • Winter: Sea Level Change - The Israel Case in World Perspective 
    • Spring: Coastal Geomorphology and Environmental Change    
  • Yehuda Goodman

    Yehuda Goodman

    Visiting Professor
    Academic Year 2018-2019

    Yehuda Goodman is a professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of interest are psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, and anthropology of religion. His research focus is on the ways identities are formed, manufactured and negotiated in the contexts of social and political contestations. Most recently, he has studied Jewish conversion issues among Russian and Ethiopian immigrants in Israel.

    UCSD Classes:

    • Fall: Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology - State, Nation-building, and Healthcare in Israel
    • Winter: The Anthropology of Mental Health in Israel and the Diaspora
    • Spring: Graduate Seminar
  • Erez Ben-Yosef

    Erez Ben-Yosef

    Visiting Professor
    Academic Year 2018-2019

    Erez Ben-Yosef received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego in 2010. He is an associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. His main research interests include Bronze and Iron Age archaeology of the Southern Levant, the application of analytic methods in archaeological research (“archaeological sciences”), and archaeometallurgy. In 2012 he initiated the Central Timna Valley Project ( – a multidisciplinary research into ancient copper production in the southwestern Aravah (Israel). For his recent publications, visit his page on

    UCSD Classes:

    • Fall: Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Natural Resources in Israel
    • Winter: Environmental Hazards in Israel
    • Spring: Archaeology's Role in Building National Narrative: Israel as a Case Study
  • Margie Burton

    Margie Burton


    Margie Burton received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego in 2004. She is currently Program Manager for the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability—Qualcomm Institute and for the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. From 2005-2014 she was Research Director at the San Diego Archaeological Center, a non-profit curatorial, education and research organization located in Escondido. Her main research interests are ceramic and ground stone technologies and their relationship to socio-economic change. She has worked on projects in the southern Levant and southern California. She earned her BA from Stanford University in Cultural and Social Anthropology (jointly with a BS in Biological Sciences) and her MBA from UC Berkeley. For recent publications, see

  • Ioannis Liritzis

    Ioannis Liritzis

    Affiliated Scholar

    In 2016, the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology was pleased to host Prof. Ioannis Liritzis as a Visiting Professor who taught archaeometry in the Eastern Mediterranean at the undergraduate and graduate level.  This was made possible by The University Seminars Programme of Onassis Foundation USA. Prof.  Liritzis is a Professor of Archaeometry - Natural Sciences in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. He is the Director and Founder of the Laboratory of Archaeometry, Director of the Lab of Environmental Archaeology, and past Head of the Department (2004-2006) and Director of the Laboratory of Informatics (2005-2010), in the same department. Prof. Liritzis earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Edinburgh University in 1980. His research interests focus on natural sciences, especially physics, in archaeology and cultural heritage, and he has published in the fields of prehistory, archaeology, art, ancient history of astronomy, geosciences, astronomy and pre-Socratic philosophy. Liritzis has developed novel methods for studying antiquity and materials culture, including nuclear dating by luminescence of monuments, diffusion dating of obsidian tools and ancient metals, and novel approaches in seismicity and solar-terrestrial relationships and their impact on early and contemporary societies. Prior to the University of the Aegean, he held posts at the Ministry of Culture in the Department of Underwater Archaeology (1984-1989), and the Academy of Athens, Res. Center for Astronomy & Applied Mathematics (1989-1999). In 2003 Liritzis was elected a Correspondent Member of France's Academy of Sciences, Art and Letters, at Dijon, in 2008 an active Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 2014 a Guest & Honorary Professor at the Samara State Institute of Culture, Russia. Since Jan 2017 he is Visiting Distinguished Professor at Henan University (China) (

    Courses teaching: Summer 2016: Cyber-Archaeology Field School