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Dr Amanda Kelly


Amanda Kelly

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Archaeology
School of Archaeology
+353 1 716 8172
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I was Fulbright Ambassador for UCD since my appointment in the School of Archaeology in 2016 until 2019. I currently lecture in the School of Archaeology and at Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC). In the spring semester, I am based in Beijing where I instruct 315 students at Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC). My current module "Ireland: Landscape, Heritage and Culture" is a broad survey course in Irish archaeology, history, politics and literature. While the students learn about Irish culture, they also benefit from acquiring a range of transferable skills, including adeptness in descriptive expression, analytical thought, visual presentation and theoretical appraisal. In semester 1, I am based in the School of Archaeology at UCD. In 2017, I was delighted to introduce my main Roman architectural module (ARCH20560 The Roman Empire. Peace, Conflict and Collapse) to students of the School of Archaeology. The module proved highly popular as expressed both in student attendance, engagement and feedback. I first designed and delivered this module in NUI Galway in 2009 and continued to develop it over the next four years there. In 2013, I had the opportunity to deliver this module at UCD (and others on Cicero and Greek art and architecture) while employed by the School of Classics. The content of this module on imperial Rome draws on numerous aspects of my personal research over the past twenty years. I surveyed the island of Crete mapping the Roman aqueducts and bathhouses for my doctoral thesis (completed in 2004) - I am currently editing this work to publish in two books. I am also working on the publication of a Roman bath at Myrtos in Crete, by kind invite of Gerald Cadogan (British School at Athens) and Sara Paton. Recently, I co-directed The Leukos & Sokastro Survey Projects in Karpathos (investigating an Early Byzantine port and a Middle Byzantine kastro). I originally trained as an archaeologist at UCD, graduating with a joint BA degree in Classics and Archaeology in 1994, I went on to study Classics for my MA, again at UCD. I completed my PhD with the School of Classics at Trinity College Dublin. As a licenced archaeologist, I have been active in the field for over twenty years and have directed large-scale excavations and archaeological projects in Ireland, Greece and Jordan. I am an experienced educator and public speaker, having lectured at University College Dublin (in both the Schools of Classics and Archaeology), NUI Galway, Trinity College, Dublin, and Harvard University (as a Teaching Fellow). While Fulbright Fellow in the Department of the Classics at Harvard, I was awarded a CUE teaching distinction (by the Derek Bok Center). I have taught Ancient Greek language (beginners to advanced) for over five years and am as happy leafing through ancient texts as I am digging in the dirt. I regularly attend conferences and give talks whenever invited. In October 2018, I gave a seminar as part of the Roman Discussion Forum Programme at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford. In May 2018, I gave my second talk at Peking University, on the private villas of Roman Crete, by invitation of Dr. Peng Xiaoyu, director of The Center for Classical and Medieval Studies and the Department of History - having previously presented on 'Memory as Architectural Construct' at Peking University in 2017. I delivered public talks on Greek funerary practices and Greek competition at the Capital Normal University, Beijing, and was delighted to give the opening address for The Ninth SEIS Postgraduate Forum & The Irish Studies Network Postgraduate Forum at Beiwei University. I have been a regular speaker at Cretological congresses over the years, as, in many ways, this congress is the most important forum for communicating my work. When back home in Ireland, I regularly give lectures for various bodies, from the Classical Association of Ireland to the Classical Society at UCD among a wide selection of societies and academic institutions. For the past two years, I have also run weekly classes for asylum seekers in the Direct Provision centre at Balseskin, as facilitated by both my School and the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland.


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


  • Professional Certificate in University Teaching & Learning, University College Dublin
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland2018
    I was awarded a Professional Certification in Teaching and Learning at UCD in 2018 after completing the following two modules: UTL 40140 Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2017) and UTL40220 Embedding Research in Teaching (2016)
  • Derek Bok Center Award for Distinction in Teaching at Harvard University
    Harvard University2005
    I received a teaching award from Harvard's Derek Bok Centre in 2005 while on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Department of the Classics.