John K. Papadopoulos is chair of the Department of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, and remained there as a professor until 1994, when he took a curator position at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His areas of specialization are the archaeology of Greece (esp. Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Archaic, and Classical periods), the archaeology of colonization, and the integration of archaeological and literary evidence in the study of the past. He has excavated widely in Australia at Aboriginal and historic sites, as well as in Greece, Albania, and Italy. He is currently the codirector at excavations of a prehistoric burial tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania. Papadopoulos has authored, coauthored or edited nine books and more than 75 articles. He has held both the AIA's Norton and Joukowksy Fellowships, and in 2010–2011 was the AIA's Thompson Lecturer.