R. Bruce Hitchner

R. Bruce Hitchner

Department Chair
Director of Archaeology Program
320 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA


Dr. Bruce Hitchner is Professor of Classical Studies and International Relations. He has published extensively in the history and archaeology of the Roman World and has served as principal investigator of archaeological projects in North Africa (the Kasserine Survey) and France (The Entressen and Alps Projects) supported by the National Geographic Society, National Endowment of the Humanities, and French Ministry of Culture. He is the editor of the forthcoming (October 2021) Wiley – Blackwell, A Companion to North Africa in Antiquity. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Archaeology (1998 - 2006). He is currently working on two monographs: the final publication of the Kasserine Archaeological Survey with Archaeopress, and a book on parochial altruism and the formation of the Roman Empire under contract with Princeton University Press. 

Hitchner is also a specialist on Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Western Balkans, He was the founder and Chair of the UN registered NGO, The Dayton Peace Accords Project (1998 - 2014 Honorary Chair: the Late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke), and a member of the international negotiating team that assisted the political parties of Bosnia-Herzegovina in producing the April 2006 Package of Amendments to the Dayton Constitution (funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the USIP, Switzerland, the Scandinavian States, and Tisch College, Tufts University). He was also the co-founder of http://dialoguebih.net.  Hitchner has authored or co-authored op-eds and papers, and conducted interviews on Bosnia and the Balkans for, among others, the Wilson Center, United States Institute of Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies, ICDT, International Centre for Democratic Transition, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Packard Foundation, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Balkan Insight, European Voice, Baltimore Sun, Dayton Daily News, Providence Journal, War and Peace Reporting, The Economist, The Guardian, Congressional Research Service, the Voice of America, Marketplace (PRI) and Odyssey (Chicago Public Radio), Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and leading newspapers and media outlets in Bosnia- Herzegovina and the Western Balkans, including Dnevi Avaz, Osloblodjenie, Nezavisne Novine, and Al Jazeera Balkans TV. Hitchner is the co-author with Marshall Harris, Michael Scharf, and Paul Williams of Making Justice Work: The Report of the Century Foundation / Twentieth Century Fund Task Force on Apprehending Indicated War Criminals. (Brookings Institution Press, 1999). He was recently honored for his work in the Balkans with the 2021 Tufts Presidential Faculty Award for Civic Life

Hitchner served as a Commissioner the on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges from 2007 to 2015. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (2010), Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University (2002 - 2003), a By-Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge (1994 - 1995), a Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of History (1991) and  director of the Center for International Programs at the University of Dayton (1996 – 2003). He is currently Chair of the Department of Classical Studies, for the second time, and has also served as Director of Peace and Justice Studies (2010 to 2017). 


PhD, History, University of Michigan, 1982

AM, History, University of Chicago, 1976

BA, History, Pennsylvania State University 1973


Roman history, archaeology and International Relations