Ben Ford is the Chair of the Anthropology Department and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an anthropologist specializing in historical and underwater archaeology. Originally from Cincinnati, he now lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania with his spouse, two kids, dog, and bearded dragon. His Ph.D. from Texas A&M University was preceded by several years as an archaeological consultant and degrees from the College of William and Mary and the University of Cincinnati. He recently published The Shore is a Bridge: The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Lake Ontario and Our Blue Planet: An Introduction to Maritime and Underwater Archaeology (with Jessi Halligan and Alexis Catsambis).


US Scholar Program – Fulbright / FCT: Foundation for Science and Technology Award (All Disciplines)

Position, Home Institution: Distinguished Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus, Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Anthropology

Field of Study: Archaeology

Project Title: “The Human-Landscape ‘Conversation’ in the Lagoa da Pederneira Region”

Host Institution, Location: Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras, Department of History, Political and International Studies, Porto

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 4 months, starting in January 2025