Dr. Steven Falconer joined the department as Chair in January, 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and taught for many years at Arizona State University. He was head of the Department of Archaeology at Latrobe University in Australia. Dr. Falconer is an archaeologist who works in the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas of the Levant, including Jordan and Cyprus. He is interested in the development and decline of early cities, and the interrelationships of urban populations with environment and landscape. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Geographic Society.