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A Sydneysider with a passion for Ancient Egypt since childhood, I have BA(Hons) and PhD degrees in Ancient History from Macquarie University (2000–2008). I moved to Berlin to conduct postdoctoral research in Egyptology and linguistics, first as a Fellow of the Excellence Cluster 'Topoi: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations' (2009–2010) and then with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010–2012). Following this, I was Junior Professor for Egyptology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany (2012–2019), then a Research Fellow at the University of Vienna (2019–2020). In April 2020 I moved back to Sydney to take up a Lectureship in Egyptology at Macquarie University.

Research interests

I am passionate about exploring how ancient texts and languages help us access ancient ways of thinking. My current research focuses on metaphor in Ancient Egyptian language, as well as ancient medicine and manuscript studies and takes in object studies and body ontologies. My approches range from linguistics and cognitive science to literary analyis and anthropology and I am committed to utilising and expanding the tools of digital corpus analysis for ancient languages. My case studies mainly focus on texts and materials from the Ramesside Period of Egyptian history, in the Late Bronze Age.


I teach Egyptian language (Old Egyptian, Middle Egyptian and Late Egyptian) and script (hieroglyphs and hieratic), Egyptian history and culture, literature, language history, medicine, magic and religion. I have also directed digital literacy projects with and for students, teaching corpus analysis strategies, developing digital content for an Egyptian text database and annotating metaphors in Egyptian texts.

Research student supervision

I supervise topics in the following areas:

* Egyptian language and texts, including linguistic topics (lexical semantics, discourse analysis) and manuscript studies

* Cognitive approaches to ancient sources (metaphor, emotion studies, semiotics, embodied and distributed cognition)

* Egyptian literature and literary theory

* Egyptian medicine, magic and religion

* Egyptian history and historiography

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History (Egyptology), PhD, Characterisation across Frontiers: Foreigners and Egyptians in the 'Late Egyptian Stories' from linguistic and literary perspectives, Macquarie University

1 Mar 200421 Apr 2009

Award Date: 21 Apr 2009

Ancient History, BA(Honours), Reinterpreting Amenemheb's Travels in Syria. Linguistic and Toponymic Analyses of his Autobiography, Macquarie University

3 Jan 200015 Apr 2004

Award Date: 15 Apr 2004

External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Vienna

1 Dec 201914 Apr 2020

Professor Extraordinary for Egyptology, Georg-August University of Göttingen

12 Jul 201928 Apr 2020

Junior Professor for Egyptology, University of Gottingen

12 Nov 201212 Jul 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation

1 Sept 201031 Aug 2012

Junior Research Fellow, Excellence Cluster 'Topoi: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations'

1 Apr 200931 Mar 2010


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