Mediterranean Ph.D. Concentration Student Biographies

Luke Kaiser was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) receiving two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Interdepartmental Archaeology with a minor in GIS and another with a double major in Classical Archaeology and English. At UNCG, Luke received funding for two undergraduate research projects. His first project was published in the peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal of North Carolina. He presented his second project at both the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in 2014. Over the past three summers at Mochlos in East Crete, Luke was a trench assistant, a research assistant, and most recently the pottery stoa supervisor. Luke will study Minoan culture while pursuing his PhD at the U of A, but he wants to better himself while learning from and interacting with the diverse researchers he is now in contact with here in Tucson.

John Keck is a Ph.D. student in the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World concentration through the School of Anthropology. After serving in the United States Army from 2004 to 2008, John received a summa cum laude dual major B.A. in Anthropology and Classics with Honors from the University of Arizona in 2014 with an Honors Thesis entitled "The Classic Roman House: Form and Function." During his undergraduate career at Arizona, John also received an Honor’s College research grant to investigate the remanent magnetization of Mediterranean potsherds, which he presented at the Honors College Research Exposition in 2014 and as the keynote presentation of the Southern Arizona Social Sciences Symposium hosted by Pima Community College that same year. He completed his M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University in 2016 with a Masters paper entitled "Local Ethnicity and the Pediments of the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina." John has participated on several archaeological field projects, including in Greece at the site of Mt. Lykaion, the American Excavations at Cosa, Italy, the Florida State University-led excavation at the site of Cetamura del Chianti in central Italy, and the American Excavations at Morgantina, Sicily. He has also worked on multiple survey and data recovery projects in the CRM sector in Southern and Central Arizona with WestLand Resources, Inc. and Tierra Right-of-Way. John’s research interests include classical art and archaeology, the impact of economics on social dynamics, projections of identity in art, and Mediterranean dendrochronology.

Stephanie Martin received her B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology with minors in Geology and Latin from Bryn Mawr College in 2012. Her past fieldwork includes excavations in Greece and the United Arab Emirates and a survey project in Naxçivan, Azerbaijan. She has also worked at a prehistoric site in Maryland, in addition to working in CRM along the east coast with the Louis Berger Group, Inc. based in New Jersey. Her interests include survey and landscape archaeology, spatial analysis and GIS, and early trade and communication networks.scmartin


Danielle Phelps is currently a Ph.D. student in the Mediterranean Archaeology Program in the School of Anthropology. She received her M.A. in Art History with a focus in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of Memphis in 2009. Danielle has a wide range of archaeological interests in the Mediterranean area, although her primary focus is in ancient Egypt and its interconnections with the rest of the Aegean and the Near East during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Her current research involves mortuary practices and patterns of the elite Egyptians from the Iron Age (c. 700 BCE) found in the New Kingdom (c.1550–1069 BCE) temple complexes outside of the Valley of the Kings. Danielle has participated in a variety of fieldwork in Egypt, specifically around the Luxor area. In addition to Egypt, she has done fieldwork in Sonora, Mexico and southern Arizona. Danielle is also interested in remote sensing and spatial analysis applications such as GIS to archaeological issues, osteology, geology, landscape and mortuary theories, and the interactions of Egypt with the other civilizations of the ancient world throughout its long


Emilio Rodriguez-Alvarez (Vigo, Galicia) is a Ph.D. Candidate, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona and a Regular Member; Michael H. Jameson Fellow at the ASCSA, 2014-2015.
I attended USC (University of Santiago de Compostela) for my BA and MA in Research in Archaeology, and the University of Reading (United Kingdom) for my second MA in Archaeology. After two years working as a researcher in Santiago de Compostela, and one at ASU as a visiting scholar, with the support of La Caixa Foundation, I was accepted in the Ph.D. Program in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Arizona, where I am currently enrolled.  Although now I work mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean, with a special emphasis on Greek archaeology, I have participated in several archaeological researches in different areas of the world, including Galicia (NW of Spain), the Balearic islands, Portugal, Peru and Greece. The geographical diversity of my fieldwork experience is an example of my also diverse research interests. Those include ceramic analysis, GIS and landscape archaeology, agent-based models, ancient languages, archaeological theory and practice or maritime archaeology. Most of my work now is centred on the analysis of the behavioural chain of Corinthian pottery manufacture during the Archaic period. This study includes technological, functional and social aspects on the production of ceramics, as well as the analysis of the relationship between workshops and maritime trade networks. More information on this and other research lines can be found in the following link:


Alena Wigodner is a graduate student in the Mediterranean Archaeology Program in the School of Anthropology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in History and a second concentration in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Her field experience includes work in Roman and Medieval archaeology in England as well as excavation at a Mississippian site in North America culminating in a funded undergraduate research project. In addition, she has conducted research on ethnic identity and individual agency in a military environment on England’s Roman frontier (near Hadrian’s Wall). Her research interests focus on the sociocultural aspects of culture contact, especially in the context of colonialism and frontier communities; she is also interested in the application of network analysis and research from a cognitive archaeological

Matt Winter is a first-year student in the Ph.D. program in the Mediterranean Archaeology Concentration in the School of Anthropology. He obtained his B.A. from the UA in Classical Civilization in 2007, with a language focus on Latin. After graduating, he moved to Maryland to teach Latin in high school before returning to the UA for an M.A. in History, which he completed in 2011, with an emphasis on ancient history focusing particularly on Roman history. His M.A. thesis centered on the Greco-Roman rule in Second Temple period Judaea and the processes of power relations and identity of Jews under Hellenistic, Roman, and Hasmonean imperial systems. During his M.A. studies, Matt decided to make a switch and focus on archaeology and has since developed an intense interest in Etruscans after digging at Campo della Fiera, which is the hypothesized Etruscan fanum mentioned in Livy. He is particularly interested in the puzzle of Etruscan origins and cross-cultural influences with Italic and Aegean cultures, tracing paleolinguistic, genetic, historic, and most importantly archaeological lines of evidence. Matt still maintains research interests in the Near East, particularly the Levant, and has recently begin to foster a burgeoning interest in archaeoseismology and paleoenvironmental site formation