(PhD, Harvard University, 1998)
Office: 283 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 737-1074
Benjamin A. Saidel received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1998. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University. His areas of research include the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnohistory of the Middle East. Dr. Saidel is particularly interested in studying relations between nomadic peoples and states in this region from the present to the past. He has conducted ethnoarchaeological and archaeological fieldwork in southern Jordan and southern Israel, respectively. He is working with Dr. Mordechai Haiman on a joint a publication project entitled — Life and Death in the Desert: The Excavations at Hameara and Har Saggi in the Western Negev Highlands, Israel. This project is funded by the Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications and it is administered through the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. Dr. Saidel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the W.F. Albright Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (www.aiar.org).
Offprints of my publications are found on the following link:
There are a few GA positions available next year looking at enviro anth and climate change issues. If you are interested as an incoming grad student, See for more information.
Dr. Ewen will be the featured speaker at the HCAS reception. See flyer for details
Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.
Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89 by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.
Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.
Student response for Dr. Mathews:
"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."
Student response for Dr. Mazow:
"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help."
Congratulations to them both!