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Leidwanger, Justin, Ph.D.

Justin Leidwanger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Stanford University
Elected: 2008 (Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group)

Justin earned a B.A. in Classics (2001) from Loyola University in Chicago, and an M.A. in Anthropology and Nautical Archaeology (2005) from Texas A&M University. In 2011 he was granted a Ph.D. from the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate group at Penn. Justin's dissertation, "Maritime Archaeology as Economic History: Long-term Trends of Roman Commerce in the Northeast Mediterranean," examines Roman and Late Roman (1st- to 7th-century A.D.) economic networks using shipwrecks off southwest Turkey and Cyprus. After graduating, Justin was Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU (2011-12) and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art and the Aegean Material Culture Lab at the University of Toronto (2012-13). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Stanford University, where he is the Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Faculty Scholar.

Justin's research focuses primarily on the Roman maritime economy, especially shipwrecks, harbors, transport amphoras and other ceramics. As a Research Associate with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology since 2003, he directed surveys off Cyprus and served as INA's partner in several collaborative fieldwork and museum-based projects. In Turkey, he now co-directs the harbor explorations in conjunction with the Middle East Technical University project at Burgaz on the Datça peninsula. Most recently, he developed the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project, a collaborative survey and excavation that incorporates maritime heritage outreach and museum and tourism development around the site of several wrecked merchant craft off the coast of Sicily, a project that was recently awarded an inaugural Cotsen Excavation Grant from the AIA.

As a Fellow of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Justin is also co-organizing (with Senior Fellow Richard Leventhal and two other colleagues) a three-part international workshop on underwater cultural heritage management titled "Who Owns Underwater Cultural Heritage? Perspectives on Archaeological Law and Ethics in the Mediterranean." Among his recent articles on this topic are two co-authored contributions to the American Journal of Archaeology and the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology focusing on ethical stewardship, responsible management, public involvement, and collaboration in maritime archaeological investigations.

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