Olson, Kyle G.

University of Pennsylvania

Research Title: Archaeology and Dam-Led Development in Mid-Twentieth Century Turkey and Iran: A Cold War History of Foreign Aid, Field Science, and Modernization

Dr. Olson is an archaeologist who studies the relationship between American foreign relations and the practice of American archaeology abroad. He is currently investigating the roles that archaeologists played in foreign aid and technical assistance programs, with a special focus on dam-led regional development in the mid-twentieth century and how these programs came to shape the relationship between cultural heritage, tourism, and modernization.

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