Dr. Alex Smith

Dr. Alex smith

Creative Workshop Faculty

Dr. Alex Smith
Art & Archaeology History

Alexander Smith is a native Rochesterian and archaeologist of the ancient Mediterranean world, specializing in colonial identities in the Roman world. He received his Ph.D. in archaeology from Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology in the Ancient World in 2015, approaching ancient colonial dynamics of the Balearic Islands in the Western Mediterranean, including the interplay of indigenous, Roman, and Carthaginian cultural elements on the islands during the first millennium B.C.E.

He is currently an adjunct instructor at the SUNY Brockport’s Delta College as well as their Anthropology Department, and also teaches at the University of Rochester in the Art & Art History Department. Since 2013, Alex has worked on Sardinia as a survey and mapping specialist at the prehistoric site of S’Urachi and has periodically worked on the island of Menorca since 2007. He has also done archaeological work in Rome, Jordan, Guatemala, the West Indies, and Rhode Island.

Alex has worked closely with the Memorial Art Gallery, promoting classroom integration of museum resources and public archaeology as part of the “Alex the Archaeologist” middle school outreach program. Since 2013, the “Alex the Archaeologist” program has visited over 100 classrooms and approximately 2000 students in the Rochester area, ranging in age from 5th to 9th grade. His teaching experience includes courses and guest lectures at Brown University, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Southern Connecticut State University, as well as elementary, middle and high school classrooms around the country.