Brendan Burke (Ph.D. UCLA) is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor (2021–2024) at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. As an archaeologist of Bronze Age and Classical Greece, he has broad experience teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, in the classroom and on-site throughout Greece and Turkey. He has a deep familiarity with the history and mission of the School, especially its Academic Program, having been a Regular Member (1994–1995), the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellow (1996–1997), and the School’s first Assistant Professor of Classical Studies (2000–2002).
A member of the Managing Committee since 2003, Brendan has served on the Executive Committee, the Publications Committee, and the Committee on Committees. Areas of teaching and research specialization include the economics of cloth production in the Bronze and Iron Ages (From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and in Anatolia, Oxbow 2010), the archaeology of death, including a study of the Hagia Triada sarcophagus and lamentation rituals, and the archaeology of Anatolia. In addition to survey and excavation experience at the Phrygian capital of Gordion in Turkey, Brendan has worked at Inishmore among the Aran Islands of western Ireland. In Greece, he has excavated at Corinth, Agios Konstantinos on Methana, and at Pylos. He has participated in surveys of the Morea in the western Peloponnese and Dorati near Sicyon. He co-directs the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project (EBAP), a synergasia with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and the Canadian Institute in Greece, which currently excavating the site of ancient Eleon.