Barbara A. Porter became director of ACOR in 2006. She oversees the day-to-say operations of the Amman research center, supports fellows and researchers at ACOR, edits the bi-annual ACOR Newsletter, and is an active member of the cultural heritage community in Jordan.
Before coming to live in Jordan, she resided in New York City for thirty years. During that time she was a member of the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in both the Departments of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art. She also taught courses on Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Fine Arts at New York University. From 1996 to 2006, she led archaeological study tours across the Middle East and North Africa.
As a student, she participated in archaeological excavations in Syria, Jordan, Italy, Austria and England.
Barbara Porter has a Ph.D., and M.Phil, and an M.A. from Columbia University in New York where she specialized in Art History and Archaeology of Syria and the Levant, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.