Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1964 Ecole du Louvre
  • 1953 Baccalauréat, Paris

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Languages

  • French (Mother tongue)
  • English
  • German

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Professional Experience

  • 2004 Professor Emerita, the University of Texas at Austin
  • 1988 – 2004 Professor of Art and Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1981 – 1988 Associate Professor, the University of Texas at Austin
  • 1972 – 1981 Assistant Professor, the University of Texas at Austin
  • 1978 – 1979 Acting Chief Curator, the University of Texas Art Museum
  • 1976 – 1979 Assistant Director, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1969 – 1971 Research Fellow in Near Eastern Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
  • Summer 1968 Research Assistant to W. Fairservis, American Museum of Natural History, New York (Work on archaeological dictionary to be published by Charles Scribner’s Sons)
  • 1965 – 1969 Department of Anthropology, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
  • 1956 – 1960 French teacher to German government officials; Private teacher of the President of the Federal Republic, Bonn Germany

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Societies and Memberships

  • 2011-2015 Committee of Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw Branch
  • 2008 – Present Hunminjeongeum Society (Korean Society)
  • 2008 – Present Editorial Board SCRIPTA
  • 2005 – Present Editorial Board, Near Eastern Archaeology.
  • 2004 – 2006 Advisory Board, Archaeology Odyssey.
  • 2001-Present Media Ecology
    • 2002-2014 editorial board Explorations in Media Ecology
  • 1993 – Present Centro Internazionale Ricerche Archeologiche,
    Antropologiche e Storiche
  • 1993 – 1995 Editorial Board, Written Communication.
  • 1989 – Present American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 1985 – 2014 Advisory Board, Visible Language
  • 1978 – 1992 Advisory Editor, Technology and Culture
  • 1976 – Present American Oriental Society
  • 1974 – 1976 President, Central Texas Society
  • 1973 – 1974 Secretary, Central Texas Society
  • 1973 – Present Archaeological Institute of America,
    • 1983-1989 Member, Governing Board,
    • 1985-1989 Chair, Committee on Archaeological Outreach
    • 1987-1989 Member, Committee on Professional Responsibilities
    • 1977-1983 Committee on Regional Symposia (Chair); Committee on Membership; Lectures Committee
  • 1969 – 2004 American Anthropological Association

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Awards and Honors

  • 2008 Hamilton Book Award for When Writing Met Art
  • 2008 Dr. h. c. Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
  • 2005 Malone Fellowship for a Study Visit to the Sultanate of Oman
  • 2004 The Walter J. Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship, The Media Ecology Association
  • 2003 – 2004 Weeks Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Ca.
  • 2001 Fellowship, CAORG and American Center of Oriental Studies, Amman, Jordan
  • 1999 How Writing Came About, listed as one of the 100 books that shaped science in the 20th century, American Scientist, November-December 1999, p. 553
  • 1999 Malone Fellowship for a study visit to Yemen.
  • 1998 Hamilton Book Award for How Writing Came About.
  • Spring 1997 Fellowship, American Center of Oriental Studies, Amman, Jordan
  • 1996 Malone Fellowship for a study visit to Saudi Arabia.
  • Summer 1995 Fellowship, American Center of Oriental Studies, Amman, Jordan
  • April 1993 Kayden National University Press book award for Before Writing
  • May 1990 Scholar in Residence, the University of Hiroschima and The University o Tsukuba, Japan
  • Spring 1989 Una Lecturer in the Humanities, The University of California, Berkeley
  • Fall 1987 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of California, Berkeley
  • Spring 1987 Guest Scholar, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • 1984 – 1985 Fellow, The Institute for Research in the Humanities, the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1979 Outstanding Woman in Humanities, American Association of University Women
  • 1978 Jean Holloway Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1969 Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Special Listings

  • Present Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denise_Schmandt-Besserat
  • 1982 – Present Who’s Who in America, 42nd – 67th Editions
  • 2004 Who’s Who of American Women
  • 1999 Who’s Who in America, Millennium Edition
  • 1984 Who’s Who in Frontier Science and Technology, 1st Edition

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Research Grants

  • 2009 CAORC Senior Fellowship, The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, to study Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines at ‘Ain Ghazal: the Symbolic Significance.
  • 2003 – 2004 Weeks Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center.
  • 2000 USIA/CAORC The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Fellowship to study Neolithic symbolism at Ain Ghazal, Jordan.
  • 1997 NMERTP/ The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Fellowship to study Neolithic symbolism at Ain Ghazal, Jordan.
  • 1996 The University of Texas Research Institute, Faculty Research Assignment grant for the study of Neolithic Symbols at Ain Ghazal, Jordan
  • 1995 USIA/ The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Fellowship to study Neolithic symbolism at Ain Ghazal, Jordan.
  • 1995 Department of Education, grant to study archaeological collections at the National Museum, Damascus, and the museums of Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Aleppo, Syria.
  • 1995 Summer Fellowship, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1994 Summer Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1991 University of California, Berkeley, Una’s Lecture Committee, for publication of Before Writing.
  • 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities for publication of Before Writing.
  • 1987 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, for publication of tokens from Uruk
  • 1986 Study visit – grant for faculty – German Academic Exchange Service, Germany
  • 1984 American Council of Learned Societies, Grant in aid of Research to study archaeological collections in Iraq
  • 1984 American Council of Learned Societies, Travel Grant to attend the XXXI Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leningrad, 1983 Faculty Research Assignment, the University of Texas Research Institute
  • 1981 – 1980 Summer Research Grant, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1979 Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1977 – 1978 National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an exhibit on the Art of the Persian Empire
  • 1976 Archaeological Institute of America, seed funds for organizing a lecture series on ancient Egypt
  • 1974 – 1975 National Endowment for the Arts Grant for an exhibit on the art of Sumer
  • 1970 – 1971 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, to aid archaeological research on use of clay before the invention of pottery in the Near East

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Field Experience and Travel

  • April 29 – May 14, 2016 “Pakistan… The Roof of the World”
  • April – May 2013 “Central Asia Border of Civilization”
  • Feb 10 – 24, 2013 “Saudi Arabia – the Forbidden Kingdom and Bahrain”
  • Nov 25 – Dec 8, 2012 “Sultanate of Oman”
  • Nov 18 – 26, 2012“The Wonders of the Arabian Gulf – an in-depth tour of the Sheikhdoms of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.”
  • Nov 4 – 25, 2012“Saudi Arabia… The Forbidden Kingdom,”
  • Nov 19 – Dec 3, 2011 “Saudi Arabia… The Forbidden Kingdom, and Qatar”
  • Oct 2 – 21, 2011 “Grand Tour of Persia… Ancient and Modern Iran”
  • May 3 – 18, 2011 Lebanon & Jordan
  • Oct 31 – Nov 14, 2010 Lecturer on a study visit to Saudi Arabia
  • Sept 18 – Oct 9, 2010 Lecturer on a study visit to Iran
  • May 12 – 30, 2010 Lecturer on a study visit to Usbekistan
  • Mar. 1 – July 1, 2009 Research on Neolithic human figurines from ‘Ain Ghazal at ACOR, Amman with side trips to Syria and Israel.
  • Nov 1 – 23, 2008 Lecturer for Spiekermann travel “Central Asia – the Borderland of Civilizations”
  • May 13 – 31, 2008 Lecturer for Spiekermann travel “Marvels of Central and Eastern Turkey”
  • Apr 17 –  May 5, 2008 Lecturer for Distant Horizons “Iran – the Ancient Land
    of Persia.”
  • Nov 2 – 17,  2007 Syria, Lebanon, Turkey
  • Nov. 1–21, 2006 Lecturer on study visit to Yemen.
  • Oct. 20 –  Nov. 2, 2006 Lecturer on study visit to Oman.
  • June 2006 Lecturer on study visit to Iran.
  • May 22 – June 3, 2006 Lecturer on study visit to Iran
  • April 21 –  May 11, 2005 Lecturer on study visit to Iran
  • Nov. 2005 Lecturer on a study visit to Iran
  • Sept. 2005 Lecturer on a study visit to Eastern Turkey
  • May 2005 Lecturer on a study visit to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon
  • March 2005 Study visit of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Dec. 2004 Lecturer on a study visit to Egypt
  • Oct. 2004 Lecturer on a study visit to western Iran
  • Oct. 2002 Lecturer on a study visit to Eastern Turkey,
  • January – May 2001 Study of Archaeological Collections in Amman, Jordan
  • April 20 – May 5,  2001 Lecturer on a study visit to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan
  • May 12 – 28, 2000 Lecturer on a study visit to Egypt
  • July 1999 Study visit to Yemen
  • May 1997 Study of archaeological collections at the Israel and Rockefeller Museums, Jerusalem Israel
  • April 1997 Study Visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • February – June 1997 Study of archaeological collections at the Institute of Archaeology, Yarmouk University, Irbid Jordan
  • Dec. 1996 Study Visit to Saudi Arabia
  • June –  July 1995 Research on archaeological collections at the National Museum, Amman and the Museum of Jordanian Heritage, The University of Yarmouk, Irbid, Jordan; The National Museum, Damascus and the Museums of Aleppo, Raqqa, and DeirEzzor,Syria, to study Neolithic symbolism, in particular at the site of Ain Ghazal, Jordan.
  • June 1992 Visit to Malatya, Turkey, to study the relationship between tokens and seals in the fourth millennium administration
  • January –  March 1987 Study of archaeological collections in Berlin, Germany
  • June – July 1986 Study of Archaeological collections in Berlin and Heidelberg Germany
  • July – Aug 1984 Study of Archaeological collections in Baghdad, Iraq
  • July 1984 Study of Archaeological collections in Leningrad and Moscow, USSR
  • July – Aug 1980 Study of archaeological collections in Egypt and the Sudan (Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Khartoum)
  • May – June 1977 Visit to archaeological collections in France (Paris), Germany (Heidelberg, Berlin), Syria (Aleppo), Jordan (Amman) and Iran (Tehran)
  • Summer 1975 Excavations at Ancient Akko (Israel), Survey in Galilee, Study of early clay collections in the museums of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Jaffa
  • May – Aug 1971 Canadian expedition to Ganj-Dareh Tepe, Kermanshah, Iran
  • 1971 Visit to archaeological collections in France (Paris), Denmark (Copenhagen), Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara, Konya), Syria (Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra), Lebanon (Beirut), Iraq (Baghdad), and Iran (Tehran)
  • 1967 Harvard Survey of Kerman, Southeastern Iran.
    Test excavation at Tepe Yahya
  • 1964 Excavation of a Gallo-Roman
    pottery workshop, Pont-sur-SeineFrance

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Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • ARH 302 Survey of Ancient Art to Medieval Times
  • HUM350, ARH 381L Interface between Writing and Art
  • MES 381, LIN 394, HUM 350, T.C. 659b Symbols and the Origins of Writing
  • MES 320 The Middle East: Cradle of Civilization
  • ARH 361L Art of Sumer
  • MES 320, ARH 325 Sumer, the First Civilization
  • ARH 361L Religion, Magic and Art: The Ancient Near East
  • ARH 361L, MES 325 Art of Kings
  • ARH 361L/MES 320 Ancient Persian Art: Trade and Warfare
  • ARH 36IL Art of Ancient Egypt
  • ARH 379M Paleolithic Art
  • ARH 373K Survey of the Middle Eastern Art from the Origin to Islam
  • HUM 305, ARH 379M,TC 659b Ancient Materials
  • ARH 361L, MES 325 Ancient Technology through Art, The Ancient Near East

Graduate Seminars

  • ARH 381L Ancient Mesopotamia
  • ARH 381L Art as Power
  • ARH 381L Religion, Magic and Art: The Ancient Near East
  • ARH 381L Interface between Writing and Art
  • ARh2811L Symbols and the Origins of Writing
  • ARH 379M Ancient Iran
  • UC 385, UC 358, ARH 381L The Achaemenian Empire
  • UC 358, ARH 381L, ARH 394 Ancient Egypt

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