Shelby White / Leon Levy

LEON LEVY (co-founder)

Leon Levy was not only a distinguished financier, but also a well-informed and generous patron of the arts. Archaeology benefited in a special way from his munificence. He supported many aspiring scholars of the arts and archaeology, as well as institutional projects, in these areas. The White Levy Program for Archaeological Publications was one of his favorite undertakings. He was well aware of the importance of publishing the results of archaeological excavations. His numerous philanthropies will go on under the direction of his spouse, Shelby White, also President of the White Levy Program, who has assured the Board that this Program will continue to be supported. Leon used to say, somewhat facetiously, the two loves of his life were making money and then giving it away. Countless recipients of his largesse can attest especially to the second.

SHELBY WHITE (co-founder)

Shelby White is an author, collector and philanthropist. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. from Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is also a member of the Visiting Committee of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Harvard Museum Visiting Committee. In addition, she sits on the boards of The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, The Bard Graduate Center, The Writers Room and The New York Botanical Garden.

Ms. White is chair of the White Levy Program for Archaeological Publications. She and her late husband, Leon Levy, have been the sponsors of the excavations at the ancient Canaanite city of Ashkelon, Israel, directed by Lawrence Stager of Harvard University and operated continuously for 25 years. Other activities funded by Ms. White and her husband include the Shelby White and Leon Levy Fellowship Program at the Institute of Fine Arts. With her husband, Ms. White established the New Initiative Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, New Jersey, and the Leon Levy Biogenetics Center at Rockefeller University. Ms. White's financial articles have appeared in many American publications including The New York Times, Town and Country, Redbook and Forbes. Her book, What Every Woman Should Know About her Husband's Money, was published by Random House (1992, 1994). Ms. White is a director of Alliance Capital Money Market Funds.



Chris Hallett teaches Roman material culture in the Departments of History of Art and Classics at UC Berkeley. He is probably best known as a specialist in Roman sculpture, having published a number of studies on portraiture, including a book-length treatment of nude portraiture—The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC–AD 300 (Oxford 2005). He is the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (1995-96) and a Humboldt Fellowship (1997-98). He is a practicing field archaeologist, and has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Turkey, and in Egypt. Since 1991 he has worked at New York University’s excavations at Aphrodisias in southwestern Turkey. He is co-author (with R.R.R. Smith, Sheila Dillon, Julia Lenaghan, and Julie van Voorhis) of Roman Portrait Sculpture of Aphrodisias (Mainz am Rhein 2006), and he is currently preparing for publication the sculpture from the city's Bouleuterion (Council House).



Annie Caubet is honorary head curator of the Ancient Near Eastern Department at the Louvre Museum, professor at the Ecole du Louvre, and Associate member of the Academie des Inscriptions. In the Louvre, she supervised the new galleries of the Sackler wing and the Babylonian room and curated a number of international exhibitions. A field archaeologist, she has taken part in excavations at Kition (Cyprus), Ras Shamra-Ugarit (Syria), Failaka (Koweit), Ulugdepe (Turkmenistan), etc. Her publications include excavation reports, research on luxury goods such as ivory and faïence, and the archaeology of music.



(PhD, Harvard University) directs Open Context ( a data publishing venue for archaeology. His research interests explore web architecture, service design and how these issues relate to the social and professional context of the digital humanities and social sciences. He also researches policy issues relating to intellectual property, including text-mining and cultural property concerns, and actively participates in a number of Open Science, Open Government, cyberinfrastructure, text mining and scholarly user needs initiatives. Over the past three years, he has taught and practiced project management and information service design in the UC Berkeley School of Information's Clinic program. He has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on projects funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the US National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, Hewlett-Packard, the Sunlight Foundation, Google, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Encyclopedia of Life and the National Science Foundation.



Peter Der Manuelian is Barbara Bell Professor of Egyptology in both the NELC and Anthropology Departments at Harvard University, and director of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. He was previously on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and taught at Tufts University for ten years. In addition to the Giza Necropolis, his Egyptian archaeological and epigraphic site work includes New Kingdom temples at Luxor (Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago), and the Predynastic site of Naqada. He has published on diverse topics and periods in Egyptian history, but currently focuses on the third millennium BC, specifically on the Giza Pyramids, and the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition (1905 to 1947). Professor Manuelian's Digital Giza Project at Harvard aims to collect and present online all past, present, and future archaeological activity at the site.



Haicheng Wang earned his MA at Peking University (2000) and PhD at Princeton (2007). He is the Mary and Cheney Cowles Endowed Associate Professor at the School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington, Seattle. His research interest focuses on the art and archaeology of early China, especially on comparative studies between Bronze Age China and other early civilizations. His recent book is Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Wang is also interested in the art and archaeology of the Silk Road. His archaeological fieldwork has included both excavation and survey and was divided between Neolithic and historical sites on the Silk Roads.



Carolina Aznar earned a PhD at Harvard University (2005) and enjoyed a National Endowment of the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2006). She is Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Bible at Saint Louis University (Madrid Campus) and has given courses at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso and Universidad de Deusto. Since 2010 she has co-directed the Southern Plain of Akko Project (Israel), which aims at improving our knowledge of the Cananites in the Late Bronze Age and of the Phoenicians and the Israelites in the Iron Age at the western entrance of the Jezreel Valley. The first phase of the project consisted of a regional survey (2010) and an excavation at Tel Regev (2011-14, 2018). At present she is working on the publication of the final report. Her research interests include cultural and economic interactions in the Southern Levant, pottery production and distribution, and the Phoenician expansion to the West..