Considered for a Pulitzer Prize for his recent book 1177 BC, Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, the former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. He is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fulbright scholar, an NEH Public Scholar, and an award-winning teacher and author. He has degrees in archaeology and ancient history from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania; in May 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree (honoris causa) from Muhlenberg College.
Dr. Cline is an active field archaeologist with more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is currently Co-Director of the renewed series of archaeological excavations at the site of Tel Kabri, located in Israel, which began in 2005. The project is run by the University of Haifa and The George Washington University (Assaf Yasur-Landau and Eric H. Cline). He was also a member of the Megiddo Expedition, in Israel, excavating at biblical Armageddon for ten seasons over a twenty-year period, from 1994 to 2014. He began as a volunteer and rose up through the ranks, ultimately serving as Co-Director with Israel Finkelstein and Director of the Consortium until stepping down in 2015.
A three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s “Best Popular Book on Archaeology” Award (2001, 2009, and 2011) and a popular lecturer who has appeared frequently on television documentaries, he has also won national and local awards for both his research and his teaching. At GW, he has won the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence as well as the Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, the two highest honors at the University; he is the first faculty member to have won both awards. He has also won the Archaeological Institute of America’s ‘Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching’ Award and has been nominated three times for the national CASE Professor of the Year award.
His 17 books have been translated (or are currently being translated) into fifteen languages, including French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian. Individual books have also been featured as a Main Selection of the Natural Science Book Club, a Main Selection of the Discovery Channel Book Club, a USA Today ‘Books for Your Brain’ Selection, and selected by the AAUP for Public and Secondary School Libraries and by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title. They have been reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the New Yorker, the New York Post, the National Republic, the Weekly Standard, the Jerusalem Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the History News Network, Jewish Book World, and many professional journals.