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Dr. William Aylward

William Aylward is the Chair of the Classics Department at UW-Madison, where he teaches courses on classical myth and the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome. He received a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati in 2000. He has been involved in archaeological research at ancient Greek and Roman sites in the Mediterranean since 1992. In Italy he has worked on Roman villas in Tuscany and Umbria. In Greece he has studied the construction of ancient temples at Athens, Corinth, Delphi and Olympia. In Turkey he has participated in the annual expedition to Troy since 1996, and he has conducted research at Ephesos, Pergamon, Priene, Sardis and Zeugma. He edited the final reports (three volumes) on the rescue excavations at Zeugma on the Euphrates for the Packard Humanities Institute.

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Dr. Christopher A. Bradfield
Biological Principal Investigator

Dr. Chris Bradfield is a Professor in the Department of the Oncology,  and Director of the UW Biotechnology Center.  Dr. Bradfield’s involvement with the UW MIA project is focused on the development of field identification analysis to improve accuracy and reliability, as well as to reduce site effort so that an increased number of projects can be completed.  In his other research, Bradfield leads a transdisciplinary team of population health scientists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and clinician scientists to study the role of Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) sensors in environmentally-influenced diseases such as cancer and obesity.  Their overarching goals are to increase understanding of PAS family signaling pathways and to develop interventions and therapeutic strategies to improve human and environmental health.

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Dr. Leslie Eisenberg
Forensic Anthropologist/Archaeologist Principal Investigator
Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Leslie Eisenberg received her Ph.D. from New York University and Board Certification in Forensic Anthropology from the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (D-A.B.F.A.).  She is one of approximately 85 actively practicing Board Certified forensic anthropologists in North America and the only Board Certified forensic anthropologist in Wisconsin.  Her experience includes university teaching, legislative work, consulting for the New York City Medical Examiner’s office in forensic anthropology (1986-1993) and for many jurisdictions in Wisconsin and neighboring states.  Leslie works full-time in the Division of Historic Preservation at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison as an archaeologist and was recruited in 1993 as the Program Coordinator for the Burial Sites Preservation office.  She has worked on many prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States and in southwestern France and has received numerous federal and state research grants, as well as financial support from the Centre de Recherches Scientifiques (CNRS) in France.

For seven years, Leslie served as the North American Editor of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences.  In 2005, she completed an elected six-year term on the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, serving as Board Secretary for the last three years of her tenure. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow), the Society for American Archaeology, the Register of Professional Archaeologists, the Wisconsin Association for Identification (WAI), the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI), and the Wisconsin Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s Association, among others. 

Leslie is a Region V Team member of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) where her most recent deployment took her to southern Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.  She also serves as the on-call forensic anthropologist for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Disaster Response Team in Chicago.

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Dr. John W. Hall
Historical Principal Investigator

John W. Hall is the inaugural holder of the Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He previously served fifteen years as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army and is a former member of the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. As a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, he currently serves as a historian in the U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.  His academic research focuses on early American warfare with a particular emphasis on intercultural conflict and cooperation between European and Native American societies during the eras of the American Revolution and the Early Republic.  He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare.  His current book project, Dishonorable Duty: The U.S. Army and the Removal of the Southeastern Indians, examines the Andrew Jackson administration’s use of military force to complete the transformation of a contested borderland into part of a factious national domain.  Within the field of military history, his research has focused on “small wars” involving irregular forces and U.S. defense policy.  A recipient of a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching Award and an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, Prof. Hall presently serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and is the vice president-elect of the Society for Military History.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

gregg jamisonDr. Gregg Jamison
Field Principal Investigator

Dr. Gregg Jamison is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha.  He received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Jamison is an archaeologist with broad interests including the origins of cities and states, prehistoric technology and craft production, and experimental and ethnoarchaeology.  His primary research focuses on the Indus or Harappan Civilization (2600-1900 BCE) of ancient Pakistan an India, one of the world's earliest and most unique urban societies.  Dr. Jamison is the author of multiple peer-reviewed research articles and co-editor of two recently published edited volumes on ancient administrative technologies and current south Asian archaeological research.  He has conducted fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Oman, France, and throughout the midwestern United States, especially Wisconsin.

nam kimDr. Nam Kim
Recovery Project Principal Investigator

Nam C. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He holds a BA in International Relations (University of Pennsylvania, 1996), an MA in Political Science (New York University, 1998), and a PhD in Anthropology (University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010). He investigates prehistoric societies using data gathered through archaeological fieldwork, and he is interested in the cultural factors and historical trends that led to the emergence of some of the earliest forms of urbanism and archaic states. He has performed fieldwork in Belgium, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Vietnam, and the US. His fieldwork in recent years has been focused on the site of Co Loa, an ancient settlement located near modern-day Hanoi in Vietnam. Believed by many to be the first political capital of an incipient, proto-Vietnamese civilization over two thousand years ago, Co Loa is connected to national meta-narratives regarding the origins of Vietnamese identity and culture. In addition to his study of Vietnamese archaeology, Kim performs research on organized violence and warfare. This work explores various dimensions of violence through time and space, including associated cultural practices, attitudes, and belief systems, and how both competitive and cooperative behaviors may have been linked to our biological and social evolution. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Origins of Ancient Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Emergent Warfare in Our Evolutionary Past (with Marc Kissel, Routledge, 2018). Kim has served as a faculty member at UW-Madison since 2010, and is affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He has taught hundreds of undergraduates in large, introductory lectures and smaller-scale seminars, while directing and advising PhD-level studies for students working around the world.

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Dr. Ryan Wubben
Field Physician

Dr. Ryan Wubben is a Clinical Associate Professor with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and is an Emergency Physician in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine. As a board certified emergency physician, he works full time as a flight physician with the UW Med Flight program, and has also been the medical director of Med Flight since 2008. He serves as the team physician for the MIA program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with an emphasis on archaeology; before moving on to medical school here at UW and then specialty residency training in Emergency Medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis. As an undergraduate, he did a field school with the SMU-in-Taos program at Pot Creek Pueblo outside of Taos, New Mexico where he learned the essentials of archaeological excavation. He then went on to spend two summers at Grand Canyon National Park working in Resources Management doing archaeological survey work in preparation for prescribed burns.