Joseph A. Greene, PhD

Deputy Director and Curator of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East
Joseph A. Greene has taught in the Harvard Extension School's Museum Studies Program since 2007, including the program's writing proseminar, and has guest lectured frequently in the introduction to museum studies course. He has also supervised theses and capstone projects for Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates in museum studies. He is currently deputy director and curator of the Semitic Museum of Harvard University. An archaeologist by training, he received his PhD at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, conducting archaeological excavations and surveys in Tunisia, Cyprus, and Jordan. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in Jordan and a Fulbright Fellow in Cyprus. In 1987-88 he directed the United States Agency for International Development's Cultural Resource Management Project in Jordan, and in 2001 served as a consultant to the Petra National Trust, a Jordanian non-governmental organization devoted to the preservation of the archaeological site of Petra. He has served as editor of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Archaeological Reports Series (2003-2008) and as editor of the ASOR Annual (2009-2014). His research focuses on archaeological survey and landscape archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East region with emphasis on the first millennium BC/AD, cultural resource management in the Mediterranean and the Near East, museums and the history of museums in Mediterranean and Near Eastern countries, and on issues of international cultural property.


  • PhD University of Chicago