Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Krista Lewis

We would like to celebrate Dr. Krista Lewis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, a member of the Middle Eastern Studies faculty, and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

“I am often asked how archaeologists can confidently know anything about ancient social lives from just ruined landscapes and broken artifacts. The key is to use multiple lines of evidence.”

Dr. Lewis’ research investigates the relationship between trade, food, politics, landscape, cities, and environment from prehistory to the present.

Her research specialty is archaeology in the Middle East, specifically the southern part of the Arabian peninsula. Dr. Lewis directs two major international archaeological projects in southern Arabia, in Yemen and Oman, in the UNESCO World Heritage Land of Frankincense.

Her archaeological research investigates the role of the people of the Arabian Peninsula in international Indian Ocean trade routes and the spread of agricultural techniques and culinary innovation in pre-Islamic through medieval Islamic times. Dr. Lewis has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Central America.

Dr. Lewis teaches courses in archaeology, food and culture, urban anthropology, and modern middle eastern cultures. She is also a faculty advisor for the campus garden.

Dr. Lewis received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2005.

She has been conducting fieldwork in the Middle East since 1993 and has lived, worked, and traveled widely across the region. Dr. Lewis also speaks fluent Arabic. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2005.

Dr. Lewis directs two major archaeological projects in southern Arabia, one in Yemen and one in Oman. In Oman, she directs excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Baleed.

She teaches archaeology and cultural anthropology courses, including courses in ancient Middle Eastern archaeology and trade, and a course on contemporary Middle Eastern cultures.

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