Irene S. Lemos is Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford University and Fellow of Merton College. She was educated in Athens, Greece and Oxford from where she was awarded her D.Phil. She has taught briefly at New York University and she was a lecturer and then reader at the University of Edinburgh from 1995 to 2004. Since 2004 she lives and works at Oxford together with her husband James Forder, a fellow of Balliol College. Dr. Lemos is a Corresponding Member of the Deutsche Archäologische Institut and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and She is the Kress Lecturer 2014 for the AIA.
Her main research interests are the Archaeology and Art of Early Greece; State formation from the Late Helladic IIIC to the Archaic period; Literacy; Late Bronze and Iron Age exchange patterns in the Mediterranean; the archaeology of early Ionia. She is also the director of the excavations of Lefkandi since 2003. She is currently preparing the publication of the Toumba cemetery at Lefkandi and the results of the recent excavations on Xeropolis.