Jennifer C. Ross

Jennifer Ross
  • Undergraduate Faculty
  • Graduate Faculty

Professor of Art and Archaeology

Chair, Department of Art & Archaeology

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My research and teaching focus on societies of the Middle East, but also extend into many other regions of the globe. I have a particular interest in the rise of cities and governments, and attendant changes in social relationships and technologies as cultures develop.

My book, co-authored with Sharon Steadman, SUNY-Cortland, Ancient Complex Societies (Routledge, 2017), looks at many of these issues, and touches on a wide range of ancient cultures, from China and the Mediterranean Region to the Americas.

I have been excavating in Turkey since 1997, and am the Associate Director of the Çadır Höyük Archaeology Project, an international team of archaeologists and specialists researching a site occupied from the Chalcolithic Period (the sixth millennium B.C.E.) to the Byzantine Era (ending around 1100 C.E.).


  • Ph.D., Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California-Berkeley
  • M.A., Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California-Berkeley
  • A.B., Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College