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Biography

I joined the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University in September 2022. Before moving to Australia, I was the NINO Postdoctoral Fellow in Egyptology at Leiden University (2020–22) with a project ‘Writing the self into history: Graffiti from Old Kingdom Saqqara’. I undertook a DPhil in Egyptology at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar (2015–20). Before this, I completed a BA (Hons) and MA in Ancient History at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

In the past, I also worked at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum (2010–15), The Queen's College (2016–20) and Bodleian Libraries (2016) at the University of Oxford, and have held volunteer positions and internships at the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) (2018) and Courtauld Institute of Art (2019).

Research interests

My research profile sits at the intersection of multiple sub-fields within Egyptology: philology, art history, and archaeological and anthropological theory. More generally, my research examines veneration and commemorative practices in ancient Egypt, particularly between the late Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom. I have a particular interest in graffiti, epigraphic practices, and the materiality and multi-modality of ancient Egyptian writing. I am currently working on a monograph with Bloomsbury entitled Lives and afterlives of ancient Egyptian names (due 2024), which builds on my interest in anthopological approaches to the study of ancient Egyptian personal names. I am also interested in photography (in the field and in archival collections) and this underpins much of my recent teaching and future collaborative work.

Teaching

My teaching spans ancient Egyptian language and social history. I have convened graduate courses on photographic history of Egypt, Greece, and the Near East, and undergraduate courses spanning museum-based and digital object handling, ancient Egyptian art and architecture, and civilisation and history especially of the 3rd Millennium BCE.

In 2022, I am co-convening AHIS2150 – Hieroglyphic Egyptian B and AHIS3102 Hieroglyphic Egyptian D, and giving lectures in AHIS2250 – Ancient Egyptian Culture and Society.

I welcome enquiries from prospective students whose research interests align with my own, particularly in the art, language, and material culture of Egypt in the 3rd Millennium BCE. 

Community engagement

Since 2020, I have been a mentor for Australasian ancient history graduate students for Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), and between 2013–15 I was the co-chair for the Auckland chapter of AWAWS. More specific to Egyptology, I have served as chair of the permanent committee of Current Research in Egyptology (2017–18) and was an elected member between 2016–18.

Education/Academic qualification

Egyptology, DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Award Date: 5 Apr 2020

Ancient History, MA (First Class), University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 Nov 2014

Ancient History, BA (Hons) (First Class), University of Auckland

Award Date: 1 May 2013

External positions

Guest Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Sep 2022Sep 2023

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Egyptology, Netherlands Institute for the Near East

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2022

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Oxford

Feb 2017Jun 2020

Graduate teaching assistant, University of Auckland

Feb 2012May 2013

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