Our Peer-Review Process

Our Board of Directors is made up of leading academics from top universities and entrepreneurs who care deeply about evidence-based science and hands-on learning. All are strongly committed to the IFR’s peer-review process, working to ensure the highest level of academic and pedagogic excellence in field schools. The board travels far and wide to meet annually and review each field school, both new and returning, to ensure quality of our programs.

Board of Governors

Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California
Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern CaliforniaBoard of Governors, Co-Chair
Lynn Dodd is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion at the University of Southern California (USC). She is Director of USC’s Archaeology Research Center and Archaeology XR Lab. She co-directed the Kenan Tepe Excavations in the Upper Tigris River Valley of Turkey. She directs the Tell al-Judaidah Publication Project and co-organized the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group. Her current fieldwork involves virtual, immersive, and digital heritage experiences and documentation, whether on land or underwater, predominantly in locations still sacred to Native Americans such as Catalina (Pimu) Island and Tahoe.
Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los Angeles
Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los AngelesBoard of Governors & Academic Board, Co-Chair
Willeke Wendrich 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.
Yuval Bar-Zemer, Linear City Development LLC
Yuval Bar-Zemer, Linear City Development LLCBoard 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.
John Given Esq. John Given Law Offices
John Given Esq. John Given Law OfficesBoard of Governors, Treasurer
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.
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut College
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut CollegeBoard of Governors & Academic Board, Director of Academic Programming
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.
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at FayettevilleBoard of Governors & Academic Board
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.
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.
Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington
Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of WashingtonBoard of Governors & Academic Board
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.

Academic Board

Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, University of Oklahoma
Jessica I. Cerezo-Román, University of OklahomaAcademic Board
Jessica I. Cerezo-Román is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma. Dr. Cerezo-Román specializes in the study of highly fragmented and cremated human remains, mortuary practices, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. She uses cutting-edge methodological and theoretical archaeological approaches to study the human body and mortuary customs from ancient populations of the Greater American Southwest, Mexico, Northern Europe, and North Africa. Her theoretical approaches focus on emerging complex societies, identity intersections, personhood, embodiment, memory and funerary rituals. Dr. Cerezo-Román is an Associate Member of the Forensic Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Jason De León, University of California Los Angeles
Jason De León, University of California Los AngelesAcademic Board
Jason De León is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. 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. Dr. De León’s latest project is Hostile Terrain 94 an art exhibition composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. The pop-up installation will take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020.
Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern California
Lynn Swartz Dodd, University of Southern CaliforniaAcademic Board & Secretary, Board of Governors
Lynn Dodd is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion at the University of Southern California (USC). She is Director of USC’s Archaeology Research Center and Archaeology XR Lab. She co-directed the Kenan Tepe Excavations in the Upper Tigris River Valley of Turkey. She directs the Tell al-Judaidah Publication Project and co-organized the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group. Her current fieldwork involves virtual, immersive, and digital heritage experiences and documentation, whether on land or underwater, predominantly in locations still sacred to Native Americans such as Catalina (Pimu) Island and Tahoe.
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut College
Anthony P. Graesch, Connecticut CollegeAcademic Board & Board of Governors, Director of Academic Programming
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.
Rowan Flad, Harvard University
Rowan Flad, Harvard UniversityAcademic Board
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.
Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo
Salima Ikram, American University in CairoAcademic Board
Salima Ikram is a Professor, Archaeologist and Author. She is also the leading expert on animal mummies. As a founder of the Animal Mummy project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, she has emerged as one of the leading scholars in Egyptian funerary archaeology. Combining an interest in and understanding of the past with a passion of preserving it for the future, she has brought the little known world of animal mummies to light.
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Fred Limp, University of Arkansas at FayettevilleAcademic Board & Board of Governors
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.
Emily Lindsey, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Emily Lindsey, Natural History Museum of Los AngelesAcademic Board
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.
Barra O’Donnabhain, University College Cork, Ireland
Barra O’Donnabhain, University College Cork, IrelandAcademic Board
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.
Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington
Julie Stein, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of WashingtonAcademic Board
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.
Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los Angeles
Willeke Wendrich, University of California Los AngelesAcademic Board & Board of Governors
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.
Tim Williams, University College London (UK)
Tim Williams, University College London (UK)Academic Board
Tim Williams is Professor of Silk Roads Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is also the Director of the UCL/Northwest University (Xi’an-China) International Center for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage, Director of the Ancient Merv Project (Turkmenistan) and Member of the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).
Sarah Sherwood
Sarah SherwoodAcademic Board
Sarah C. Sherwood is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at The University of the South, a small liberal arts college on the Cumberland Plateau in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sherwood also serves as the University Archaeologist for the institution’s 13,000 acre land base. As an anthropological archaeologist and geoarchaeologist her research has focused on anthropogenic sediments from a range of site types including caves, rock shelters, earthen monuments and tells in the Southeastern US and E. Europe. Recently she joined the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) focusing on the landscape and horticultural history at the moai quarry Rano Raraku.
Tiffany Fryer
Tiffany FryerAcademic Board
Tiffany Fryer is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University where she lectures in Anthropology and the Humanities Council. She is a core member of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project—a community-centered heritage initiative based in Quintana Roo, Mexico. She teaches and writes on colonialism and political violence; research methods, praxis, and politics of historical archaeology and anthropology; and, museums, monuments, and cultural heritage. She is also an active member of the Society of Black Archaeologists and a consulting scholar of the Penn Museum.
Ayana Omilade Flewellen
Ayana Omilade FlewellenAcademic Board
Ayana Omilade Flewellen (they/she) is a Black Feminist, an archaeologist, a storyteller, and an artist. As a scholar of anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, Flewellen’s intellectual genealogy is shaped by critical theory rooted in Black feminist epistemology and pedagogy. This epistemological backdrop not only constructs the way they design, conduct and produce their scholarship but acts as foundational to how she advocates for greater diversity within the field of archaeology and within the broader scope of academia. Flewellen is the co-founder and current President of the Society of Black Archaeologists and sits on the Board of Diving With A Purpose. They are an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests address Black Feminist Theory, historical archaeology, maritime heritage conservation, public and community-engaged archaeology, processes of identity formations, and representations of slavery. Flewellen has been featured in National Geographic, Science Magazine, PBS and CNN; and regularly presents her work at institutions including The National Museum for Women in the Arts.
Carla Klehm
Carla KlehmAcademic Board
Carla Klehm is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her research focuses on inequality in the past, and how inequality intersects with trade, globalization, and human-environment dynamics. This interest has lead Dr. Klehm across the world, from the earliest polities in southern Africa and the riverine fortress networks of Bronze Age Europe to mortuary assemblages at some of East Africa’s earliest megalithic monuments. She is particularly interested in how new geospatial technologies can be used in archaeology to enhance and provide novel insight into human behavior.
Sören Stark
Sören StarkAcademic Board
Sören Stark is an Associate Professor of Central Asian Art and Archaeology at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. He received his PhD in Central Asian Archaeology in 2005 from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). He has close to two decades of experience in conducting and directing archaeological fieldwork in Central Asia. Sören Stark’s current research interests are, among others, on Hellenistic and Late Antique/Early Medieval Sogdiana and the archaeology and history of nomadic groups close to oasis territories in Western Central Asia. His publications include a monograph on the archaeology of the 6th-8th century Türks in Inner and Central Asia, an exhibition catalog on Early Iron Age kurgans from Kazakhstan, and numerous articles and book chapters on the history and archaeology of Sogdiana between the Hellenistic and the Islamic periods. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology (at Brepols) and is currently co-editor of Brill’s Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section 8: Uralic & Central Asian Studies (HO8).
Ling Qin
Ling QinAcademic Board
Ling Qin 秦岭 is Associate Professor of Neolithic Archaeology and Archaeobotany at the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing. She completed her PhD on Neolithic social complex in the lower Yangtze River area at Peking University in 2003. She has worked extensively on Neolithic excavations and material cultures in China, jointly directing field-work in Zhejiang, Shandong, Shaanxi and Henan provinces. Since 2010, she has undertaken the field archaeology practice course of Peking University, and on behalf of PKU to organize the field project director training program entrusted by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China. She participated in the formulation of The Regulations of Field Archaeology in China, 2nd edition, 2009. Her current research projects and interests include the scientific research on Neolithic jades in Early China, early agriculture developments in East Asia, as well as the early civilizations study in a comparative perspective around East Asia.
Keolu Fox
Keolu FoxAcademic Board
Dr. Keolu Fox, is the first Kānaka Maoli to receive a doctorate in genome sciences. Keolu is a co-founder of the Native BioData Consortium (NBDC) and an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he is a co-founder and co-director of the UCSD Indigenous Futures Institute. Keolu is also affiliated with the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, the Department of Anthropology, the Global Health Program, the Climate Action Lab, and the Design Lab. Keolu’s work focuses on the connection between raw data as a resource and the emerging value of genomic health data from Indigenous communities. He has experience designing and engineering genome sequencing and editing technologies, and a decade of grassroots experience working with Indigenous partners to advance precision medicine.