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A Sydneysider born and bred, with a passion for Ancient Egypt from childhood, I was awarded BA(Hons) and PhD degrees in Ancient History (specialising in Egyptology) at Macquarie University (2000–2008). I then moved to Berlin to conduct postdoctoral research, first as a Fellow of the Excellence Cluster 'Topoi: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations' and then with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2009–2012). After this, I took up a Junior Professorship in Egyptology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany (2012–2019), followed by a short stint as 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, as well as Egyptian language, ancient medicine and everyday religion. My approches range from linguistics and cognitive science to literary analyis and cultural studies and I am focused on utilising and expanding the tools of digital corpus analysis for ancient languages.


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, devising digital content for an Egyptian text database and annotating metaphors in Egyptian texts. I also love taking students to Egyptian collections!

Research student supervision

I supervise topics in the following areas:

* Egyptian language and texts, including linguistic topics

* Egyptian literature and literary theory

* Egyptian medicine, magic and religion

* Egyptian history and historiography

Community engagement

I give public lectures, have been interviewed for podcasts, take part in science slams and have recently contributed to a childrens' book of ancient creation myths.

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History (Egyptology), PhD, Macquarie University

1 Mar 200421 Apr 2009

Award Date: 21 Apr 2009

Ancient History, BA(Honours), 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 Sep 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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