Kevin McGeough graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1996 with a BA (History), Great Distinction. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1998, with an MTS. His PhD is from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania (2005).
Kevin is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge. He teaches courses in archaeological methods and theories and regional surveys of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. Kevin also teaches Biblical Hebrew and is an occasional contributor to the Liberal Education program.
Research Interests and Activities
One of Kevin's current research programs is the study of how non-specialists make use of archaeological data, and especially how the study of the ancient Near East has influenced various aspects of popular and public life. He is currently working on a monograph on the manifestations of this in the 19th century. As an avid film fan, he has also studied public misconceptions of archaeology that are rooted in cinema experiences and is expanding this study to other genres. He currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant with Elizabeth Galway as part of a project investigating the presentation of archaeology in children's literature.
Kevin is also interested in means of integrating textual and archaeological evidence. Much of his previous work has been on how this can be applied to the study of ancient economics, especially at the site of Ugarit.
Along with Shawn Bubel and Bob Dawe, Kevin is co-director of the University of Lethbridge - Royal Alberta Museum Excavations at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. There they seek to investigate the earliest uses of the site, working in collaboration with the Blackfoot interpreters at the site.
Currently, Kevin is co-editor of the Alberta Archaeological Review. He has been the editor of the Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the editor for the American Schools of Oriental Research's Archaeological Report Series (ARS). He is also a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. Kevin has excavated in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Alberta.