Dr. Ammerman is an archaeologist with interdisciplinary interests and humanities educator
HAMILTON, NY, December 02, 2020 Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to honor Albert J. Ammerman, PhD, with inclusion in Who’s Who in the World. An accomplished listee, Dr. Ammerman celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Ammerman is an archaeologist, educator and researcher who has divided his time between New York and Italy for the last forty years. He is best known for his pioneering work with Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a geneticist at Stanford University, that brought together the fields of archaeology and human populations genetics in the study of the Neolithic transition in Europe and his studies in environmental studies in ancient Rome and Venice He attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, with honors. He credits his undergraduate education with sparking his interest in interdisciplinary studies, and continued his education at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, where he would complete a Doctor of Philosophy in 1972. He was appointed a lecturer in Human Biology and senior research associate at Stanford University in 1972 and then went to be an assistant professor of Anthropology at SUNY Binghamton from 1978 through 1983. Over the years, he has held a number of fellowships, including “the Origins of Rome” from the American Council of Learned Studies (2003-2004), “Reconstructing the ancient City” at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (1995-1996), “Environmental Studies in ancient Rome” from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1990-1991) and a Mellon Fellowship on “Early Rome” at the American Academy in Rome (1987-1988).
In 1986, he became a senior research associate of Colgate University, who named him as their O’Connor Visiting Professor of Humanities in 2007 and 2009, and rose to be a research professor at the university from 2011 through 2019. In Italy, he also taught at the University of Parma (1982-1993) and the University of Trento (1994-1999); he also served as the director of the Venice Study Program of Colgate University (1999, 2009 and 2013) as well as the director the Summer Field School at the American Academy in Rome (2000). Over four years (2016-2019, he served as one of the twelve members of the International Strategic Committee of the University of Nice (France). In 2020, he was elected to be one of the few International Fellows at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice [for life].
Dr. Ammerman is extensively published in such professional journals as Antiquity, American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Field Archaeology and the Journal of Roman Archaeology. He has also written and edited a number of books, including Island Archaeology and the Origins of Seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean (2013-2014), The Widening Harvest (2003), Venice before San Marco (2001), The Acconia Survey and the Obsidian Trade (1985) and The Neolithic Transition in Europe and the Genetics of Populations in Europe (1984). His research over the years has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Gladys Kriebel Delman Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Reserarch and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. He is currently conducting research on projects in Venice, Rome and Paestum, where he and his wife, Rebecca Miller Ammerman, are conducting fieldwork at the Temple of Athena.