Dr. Veronica Kalas, PhD, is an art and architectural historian as well as an archaeologist specializing in the ancient and medieval Byzantine periods of the east Mediterranean. She earned her BA degree in Classical Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her MA and PhD degrees from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts with a specialization in Byzantine art and architecture. Dr. Kalas has taught art history and archaeology at several institutions both large (University of Michigan, Wayne State University) and small (Albion College) in the United States, and abroad (Middle East Technical University, Ankara). She has presented many papers at national and international conferences and published articles in scholarly journals on her work on the rock carved settlements of Byzantine Cappadocia in central Turkey, among many other art and architectural history research projects. Her work has been supported by Princeton University’s Program in Hellenic Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections in Washington, DC, and the American Research Institute in Turkey. Dr. Kalas has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Anatolia and the Near East and has worked on archaeological excavations and historic preservation field projects at various sites in Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia. She lectures on archaeological study tours throughout Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Transcaucasia, and Italy and has enjoyed filming for the History Channel. Raised in the Detroit metro area as a Greek-American and having lived half her life in Greece, Dr. Kalas is actively involved in Greek-American cultural affairs and works extensively as a community interpreter and translator.