Louise Hitchcock is a native of Los Angeles having received her BA in political science at USC, and a Masters in ancient history and a PhD in art history from UCLA. She is currently Professor of Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology in the Classics and Archaeology Program at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Minoan Architecture: A Contextual Analysis, Theory for Classics, Aegean Art and Architecture (co authored with Donald Preziosi), and is the co-editor of DAIS: The Aegean Feast, Aegaeum 29 as well as the author of over 70 articles dealing with Aegean, Cypriot, and Philistine archaeology, architecture, theory, gender, and space. Her current research is engaged with piracy, Aegean, Cypriot, and Philistine identities, interconnections, and entanglements. She has done fieldwork in California, Cyprus, Crete, Greece, and Syria. The Australian Research Council has funded her current excavations at the Philistine site of Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel), where she is an area supervisor working in collaboration with Prof. Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan University).