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Anna is a historian and archaeologist exploring the links between ancient cultural encounters and socio-cultural transformations. Her research has focussed on relations between ancient Egypt and Western Asia during the Third and Second Millennia BCE. She is 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, she 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', after which she continued her roles as Research Officer at Macquarie University and Centre Administrator of its former Ancient Cultures Research Centre.

She then moved to Austria to take up a postdoctoral fellowship with the ERC Advanced Grant project, 'The Enigma of the Hyksos', directed by Manfred Bietak and hosted at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (2017-2020). As part of this multidisciplinary team, she 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.

In 2019, she was awarded a Macquarie University Research Fellowship for a project on 'The Ties that Bind: Negotiating Foreign Relations in the Second Millennium BCE'. The project investigates networks of contact and exchange and the processes through which communities negotiated and maintained relations between ancient Egypt and Western Asia in the first half of the Second Millennium BCE.

Her other research interests include network dynamics, ancient community resilience to ecological and socio-political change, Old and Middle Kingdom tomb art and architecture, as well as digital epigraphic and archaeological technologies. She has also worked with several expeditions in Australia and, particularly, Egypt (Saqqara and Beni Hassan).

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History, PhD, Rise of the Hyksos: Egypt and the Levant from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period, Macquarie University

15 Nov 201026 Sept 2014

Award Date: 26 Sept 2014

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

Mar 2006Jul 2010

Award Date: 23 Sept 2010

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Feb 2017Jan 2020

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


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

Oct 2014Feb 2015


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