Graduate Advisor for MA Emphasis in Classical Archaeology
Eleni Hasaki (Professor, Anthropology/Classics) received her B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Athens, Greece and, as a Fulbright scholarship recipient, she continued her graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Ph.D. in Classics. She is a Mediterranean archaeologist with publications on the craft technologies of Classical antiquity, the spatial organization of workshops and craft apprenticeship. She employs social network analysis of craft practitioners to trace innovation in communities of practice.
Her archaeological fieldwork in Greece (Paros, Cyclades), the ethnoarchaeological project in Tunisia (Potters' Quarter in Transition, Moknine) and the experimental open-air lab for pyrotechnology locally in Tucson (Ancient Greek Pyrotechnology) promote the knowledge of crafts both in antiquity and its relevance for modern societies. As the co-director of the Laboratory for Traditional Technology she works with students on experimental projects of Mediterranean focus. She promotes Digital Humanities with two projects: The WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece (funded by a COH Faculty Research Grant) and the NEH-funded SNAP: Social Networks of Athenian Potters (with a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant). In Summer 2022, Hasaki launches a COH-funded project on reconstructing the ancient timetables of forming and decorating ancient Greek ceramics, through her initiative, entitled TimeTables of Ancient Greek Potters and Painters.
Her research has been funded by major institutions, including the Archaeological Institute of America, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Harvard's Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. More recently, she has been a Fellow at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies and a Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). In 2020, she was the lead PI of a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for a collaborative project with George Washington University and University of Oxford.
She regularly teaches undergraduate courses (Greek Art and Archaeology; Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity); graduate courses (Ancient Greek Technology; Critical Debates in Classical Antiquity); and graduate seminars (Experimental Archaeology; Technology, Labor, and Society; Greek Pottery). Her courses are crosslisted with several colleges (COH, SBS, CFA, CPA). She has been a finalist for the Five Star Faculty Teaching Award. Through the Ceramics Residency Program she established at the Laboratory for Traditional Technology, Hasaki offers internships to students interested in integrating hands-on experience to their research projects. She has extensive experience on mentoring graduate students (MA theses in Classics; Ph.D theses at the School of Anthropology). In terms of post doc supervision, Dr. Hasaki will host Dr. Marco Serino from the University of Turin who was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship (European Commission; 2022-2024) whose project A.g.a.t.h.o.c.l.e.s is an interdisciplinary project on South Italian Potters using experimental archaeology, archaeometry, Social Network Analysis, and RTI.
In the context of Medical Humanities Hasaki was interviewed in interdisciplinary UA News Article on similar social and economic profiles of COVID 19 pandemic with other pandemics throughout the centuries. She featured comparative essays (Ancient and Modern Pandemics) by her students on and in Spring2021 she was a Panelist on a COVID-19 international colloquium organized by IGlobes, CNRS and ENS in France (Parthenon and the Pandemic). She is a faculty member of the Honors Health and Human Values Minor.
In terms of global education, Professor Hasaki is the founding director of Arizona in the Aegean Study Abroad Program and has taught twice at Arizona in Orvieto Program. She was selected as the Gertrude Smith Professor to direct the Summer Session Program at the American School of Classical Studies (ASCSA).
Her intramural and extramural service is extensive. She has served as Undergraduate Advisor (Classics) and Director of Undergraduate Studies (Anthropology). In these roles, she was involved in student advising, curricular development, major recruitment, and student recognition through college and campus awards. Currently, Hasaki serves as the Graduate Advisor for the MA Emphasis in Classical Archaeology.
Her ties with the Honors College and Faculty Fellows program are strong. She is an Honors Professor of First-Year colloquia, faculty supervisor of Spirit of Inquiry Grants, nominator for Pillar of Excellence Awards, Flinn Scholars Mentor, and Fulbright Scholarships Interview Panelist. Hasaki serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Honors Residence Halls and in the Institute of Career Readiness and Student Engagement, developing programs on nutritional best practices, professional development, and scientific exploration of flagship laboratories at the UA campus.
Hasaki has served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America, Tucson Society, and as Vice-President of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation. In these roles she has developed extensive public outreach initiatives with local industries, K-12 schools, and senior centers. As the recipient of the inaugural AIA Local Society Outreach Grant, she led a community wide initiative to build an experimental replica of a Greek ceramic kiln in the St Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson. She chairs the Publication Grants Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America and is a member of the Managing Committee of the ASCSA. She serves as a reviewer for major granting institutions and academic publishers.
Both home and abroad, Hasaki shares her passion for antiquity through the Humanities Seminars Program and is a National lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. She has been invited at several institutions, including Stanford's Humanities Center, GW Corcoran College of the Arts and Design, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, University of Salerno and delivered the C. Densmore Curtis Distinguished Lecture at Bryn Mawr College. Hasaki's research, teaching, and service have received extensive media recognition.
Publications (selections; full list at: Eleni Hasaki's Academia Profile)
2021. Hasaki, E. Potters at Work at Ancient Corinth: Industry, Religion, and the Penteskouphia Pinakes (Hesperia Supplement 51: American School of Classical Studies at Athens) Princeton, NJ.
2020. Hasaki, E. and M. Bentz (eds). Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World, Heidelberg.
2020. Hasaki, E. and D. Cline. Social Network Analysis and Connoisseurship in the Study of Athenian Potters' Communities. E. Hasaki and M. Bentz (eds), Reconstructing Scales of Production in the Ancient Greek World, Heidelberg, 59-80
2020. Hasaki, E. The WebAtlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece: A Research Gateway to the Study of Hellenistic Ceramic Workshops. In S. Drougou (ed), Pottery Workshops, Craftsmen and Workshops, Athens, 280-312.
2019. Cline, D. and E. Hasaki. The Connected World of Athenian Potters: Connoisseurship, Collaborations, and Social Networks, Harvard Research Bulletin 7
2019. Hasaki, E. Potters and their Wheels in Ancient Greece: Skills and Secrets in Communities of Practice. M Denti and M. Villette (eds) Archéologie des espaces artisanaux. Fouiller et comprendre les gestes des potiers, Rennes, 297–314
2018. Hasaki, E. Craft Apprenticeship, Social Networks, and Communities of Practice in Ancient Greece, Center 38, 116–119
2018. Hasaki, E. and R. Delozier. Terracotta Statues from Ayia Irini Kea: An Experimental Replication. E. Angliker and J. Tully (eds) Cycladic Archaeology: New Approaches and Discoveries, Oxford, 3–26
2017. Hasaki, E. and Y. Nakas. Ship Iconography on the Penteskouphia Pinakes from Archaic Corinth (Greece). Pottery Industry and Maritime Trade. J. Gawronski, A. van Holk, J. Schokkenbroek (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA 13), Amsterdam, 66–72
2017. Hasaki, E. and Y. Kourayos. The Early Roman Pottery Workshop, the Classical House, and Geometric Burials at Skiadas Plot, Paroikia, Paros. Archaeologikon Deltion – Meletes 67–68: 459–482