Our Board of Directors includes leading academics from outstanding universities and colleges from around the world and entrepreneurs who deeply care about the past and its preservation. All are strongly committed to supporting the IFR as it continuously strives to provide the highest level of academic and pedagogic excellence in archaeology field schools.

Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los Angeles
Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los AngelesBoard of Governors & Academic Board
Prof. Willeke Wedrich is the Joan Silsbee Chair of African Cultural Archaeology, a Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She is also the Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, Editorial Director of the Cotsen Institute Press and Editor-in-chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology. Professor Wendrich is the co-director of the Fayum Project, Digital Karnak, Keck Program in Digital Cultural Mapping and Ancient Egypt Architecture Online.
Jade d'Alpoim Guedes, UC San Diego
Jade d'Alpoim Guedes, UC San DiegoAcademic Board
Dr. Jade d’Alpoim Guedes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She is an environmental archaeologist and ethnobiologist who employs an interdisciplinary research program to understand how humans adapted their foraging practices and agricultural strategies to new environments and have developed resilience in the face of climatic and social change.
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville*
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville*Board of Governors & Academic Board
Prof. William (Fred) Limp is the Leica Geosystems Chair and University Professor at the Center for Spatial Technology (CAST) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is President Emeritus of the Society of American Archaeology (2009-12), the Founding Director Emeritus of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technology, and an expert in geomatics and North American archaeology.
Danielle Kurin, University of California Santa Barbara
Danielle Kurin, University of California Santa BarbaraAcademic Board
Dr. Danielle Kurin is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Walker Bioarchaeology and Biogeochemistry Lab at UCSB. She is the director of the Proyecto Bioarqueológico Andahuaylas and the Sondor Project. Dr. Kurin research is focused on bioarchaeology and the bio-cultural consequences of societal collapse. She is interested in ethnogenesis, ethnocide, violence, cultural modification of the body, as well as museum studies and heritage management in Latin America with a particular focus on the Central Andes.
Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California*
Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California*Board Treasurer, Board of Governors & Academic Board
Dr. Lynn S. Dodd is a Lecturer at the Department of Religion and Curator for the Archaeology Study Collection at USC. She is also the director of the Tell al-Judaidah Publication Project, co-director of the Kenan Tepe Excavations (Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project), co-organizer of the Shared Heritage Initiative and Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group, and co-founder of the Institute of Shared Heritage at USC. She is an expert in Near Eastern archaeology with a strong emphasis on Turkey.
Jason de León, University of Michigan
Jason de León, University of MichiganAcademic Board
Dr. Jason de León is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP),a long-term ethnographic and archaeological study focused on clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States. He is an expert in ethnoarchaeology, migration, and the U.S./Mexico border.
Julie Stein, University of Washington
Julie Stein, University of WashingtonAcademic Board
Dr. Julie Stein is a Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. Prof. Stein’s primary research interest is geoarchaeology, especially studies involving sediments found within archaeological sites and archaeological stratigraphy. Her work also emphasizes coastal adaptations of prehistoric peoples, specializing in the Northwest Coast.
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut College
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut CollegeChair Person, Academic Board
Dr. Anthony P. Graesch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Connecticut College. His research and teaching address the archaeology of North America, ethnoarchaeology, modern material culture, and mixed-methods social science research. He is co-director of the Welqámex Household Archaeological Research Project in the Fraser Valley of southwestern British Columbia and director of an ethnoarchaeological study of smoking and identity in Urban America. His publication record reflects expertise in household archaeology, labor, colonialism, archaeological method, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of material culture.
Barra O’Donnabhain, University College Cork, Ireland
Barra O’Donnabhain, University College Cork, IrelandAcademic Board
Dr. Barra O’Donnabahain is a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University College Cork, Ireland. His research is focused on bioarchaeology, physical anthropology, and palaeopathology. He is an expert on Viking Age Ireland and Celticism and has worked throughout the world. He is presently the director of the Timoleague and Spike Island Archaeological Projects.
John Given Esq. John Given Law Offices
John Given Esq. John Given Law OfficesSecretary, Board of Governors
John Given is the principle at John Given Law Firm, specializing in land use and environmental law. Prior to his legal career, John composed music, primarily for television and film, though he had written and performed jazz, concert, and theater works.
Tim Williams, University College London, UK
Tim Williams, University College London, UKAcademic Board
Tim Williams is Reader in Silk Roads Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. His research is focused on Classical and Islamic archaeology along the Silk Roads, and covers issues of urbanism, trade and exchange, complex societies, complex stratigraphy, and management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes. He is the Director of the Ancient Merv Project (Turkmenistan) and the co-director of Beirut Souks Excavations (Lebanon). He undertook the ICOMOS Thematic Study of Silk Roads, is academic advisor to UNESCO on the serial transnational Silk Roads nomination project, and is a Member of the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).
Emily Lindsey, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Emily Lindsey, Natural History Museum of Los AngelesAcademic Board
Dr. Emily Lindsey is Assistant Curator and Excavation Site Director at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Her research is focused on using the rich paleontological records from the Pleistocene (“Ice Age”) of North and South America to understand why and how ecological transitions occur in the context of climatic and anthropogenic change. Dr. Lindsey also works cross-disciplinarily with ecologists, conservation biologists, paleontologists, land managers, policymakers, and legal experts to investigate how best to conserve ecosystems in the context of rapid global change.
Benjamin Porter, University of California at Berkeley
Benjamin Porter, University of California at BerkeleyAcademic Board
Dr. Benjamin Porter is the Director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Associate Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at UC Berkeley. He co-directs the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan and the Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project. His research interests include museum anthropology, Levantine archaeology, and archaeological theory.
Yuval Bar Zemer, Linear City Development LLC
Yuval Bar Zemer, Linear City Development LLCChair Person, Board of Governors
Yuval Bar Zemer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Linear City Development LLC. He is a visionary, early developer of industrial properties in downtown Los Angeles. He is a member of several for-profit and non-profit boards.
Rowan Flad, Harvard University
Rowan Flad, Harvard UniversityAcademic Board
Dr. Rowan Flad is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. His current research focuses on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. This research incorporates interests in diachronic change in production processes, the intersection between ritual activity and production, the role of animals in early Chinese society – particularly their use in sacrifice and divination, and the processes involved in social change in general. His current field research involves survey, geophysics, and excavation at sites along the Tao River in Central Gansu Province, China, focused on technological changes during the third and second millennia BCE.
Mallika Sankaran
Mallika Sankaran Board of Governors
Mallika Sankaran is from the advertising industry and now consults with non-profits and start-ups in education. She has a BA in Social Sciences from India and an M.S. in Advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Mallika’s love for history and archeology brought her to IFR where she helps with marketing and communication strategy. Besides IFR, she also serves on the board of Menlo-Atherton High School’s Foundation for the Future and volunteers as a literacy tutor at a local elementary school in the Bay Area, where she lives.