Dr. McConnell’s research interests span the Old World from prehistory through the Middle Ages. He concentrates on the island of Sicily, where he has conducted archaeological field research for over three decades, including FAU’s summer study abroad excavation program at ancient Palikè (Rocchicella di Mineo). He has published a book on the journey through Sicily by painters Thomas Cole and Samuel James Ainsley (Agli Albori del Viaggio Moderno in Sicilia, Il viaggio di Thomas Cole e Samuel James Ainsley per la Sicilia 1842, Domenico Sanfilippo Editore, Catania 2014) and a documentary and analytical monograph on Wall Illustrations from the ‘Grotte di Caratabia’ (University of Palermo/Franco Serra Editore 2015), as well as a variety of articles and reports in international journals and convention proceedings. He teaches undergraduate art history surveys and upper division courses that focus on ancient and medieval cultures of the Mediterranean and Europe. He has taught graduate seminars on such varied topics as Picasso, Minimalism, the Art of Internment, Art & Human Rights, and Art & Sound, and he has directed and served on MFA committees for the Department of Visual Arts & Art History and Ph.D. committees for the D. F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters.