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I am a postdoctoral fellow exploring the links between ancient cultural encounters and socio-cultural transformations. My research has focussed on relations between ancient Egypt and the Near East during the Third and Second Millennia BC. I am particularly interested in the nature and processes related to the dynamic movement of concepts, objects and people across geographic, social and cultural borders, and how this could lead to change. 

In 2014, I was awarded a PhD at Macquarie University looking into Egyptian-Levantine relations during the Middle Bronze Age and how they were connected to the 'Rise of the Hyksos'. In 2017, I joined the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Enigma of the Hyksos', directed by Manfred Bietak at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. As part of this multidisciplinary team, I have researched the impact of the Hyksos and consistent Middle Bronze Age interactions on Middle to New Kingdom Egyptian culture, politics, and society, leading Research Track 5 on Multidirectional Cultural Interference Studies.

My current Macquarie University Research Fellowship focusses on The Ties that Bind networks of contact and exchange. It aims to identify the processes through which communities negotiate and maintain foreign relations by examining interactions between ancient Egypt and the Near East in the first half of the Second Millennium BC. Using archaeological and historical material as well as current anthropological and sociological theories, the project questions how the complex networks of the first known 'International Age' were forged. 

Other research interests include Old and Middle Kingdom tomb art  and architecture, as well as digital epigraphic and archaeological technologies. I have also worked with expeditions in Australia, and particularly Egypt (Saqqara and Beni Hassan).

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History, PhD, Macquarie University

15 Nov 201026 Sep 2014

Award Date: 26 Sep 2014

Ancient History, Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours), Macquarie University

Mar 2006Jul 2010

Award Date: 23 Sep 2010

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Feb 2017Jan 2020

Course Convenor (Casual), The University of New South Wales

20152016

Course Co-Lecturer (Casual), The University of New England

Oct 2014Feb 2015

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