Education

PhD cum laude, Leiden University, the Netherlands (2003)
MA cum laude, Social Sciences,  Leiden University (1999)
MA, Comparative Literature, Leiden University, the Netherlands (1997)
MA, Egyptology, Leiden University, the Netherlands (1997)

Research

  • Artemis Liturgical Papyrus: a text edition of a Roman-period manuscript of Osirian rituals adapted for a private individual
  • Nature and history of textual amulets in Ancient Egypt, the Levant, and the Mediterranean

Publications

Monographs

  • De Wereld in Evenwicht. Goden en Mensen in het Oude Egypte (Amsterdam University Press; Amsterdam 2006). [The World in Balance. Gods and Men in Ancient Egypt – an introduction to ancient Egyptian religion] – published as eBook in 2011
  • Priests, Tongues, and Rites. The London-Leiden Magical Manuscripts and Translation in Egyptian Ritual (100-300 CE) (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World – RGRW 153; Brill Academic Publishers; Leiden 2005).

Book Chapters

  • “Coping with a Difficult Life. Magic, Healing, and Sacred Knowledge”, in Christina Riggs (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt (Oxford University Press; Oxford 2012) 337-61.
  • “Egyptian Literature in the Hellenistic and Roman Period”, in: James Clauss and Martine Cuypers (eds.), A Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Companions to Ancient Literature and Culture; Oxford 2010) 429-47. [co-authored with Ian Moyer]

Edited Work

  • Liturgical Texts for Osiris and the Deceased in Late Period and Greco-Roman Egypt – Liturgische Texte für Osiris und Verstorbene im spätzeitlichen Ägypten. Proceedings of the colloquiums at New York (ISAW), 6 May 2011, and Freudenstadt, 18–21 July 2012 (Studien zur spätägyptischen Religion 14; Harrassowitz ; Wiesbaden 2015). co-edited with Burkhard Backes
  • theme issue Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 16: “Authoritative Traditions and Ritual Power in the Ancient World:” (to be published at end of 2015)
    co-edited with Ra’anan Boustan and Joseph E. Sanzo;
  • UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology: https://escholarship.org/uc/nelc_uee since 2008, articles on Egyptian religion are being published on a rolling basis

Articles

  • “Ideas Concerning a New Egyptological Knowledge Base: The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (UEE),” in: P. Kousoulis and N. Lazaridis (eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008 (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 241; Uitgeverij Peeters: Leuven 2015) 2233-41. [co-authored with Willeke Wendrich and Elizabeth Waraksa]
  • “Scribal Bricolage in the Artemis Liturgical Papyrus,” in: Burkhard Backes and Jacco Dieleman (eds.), Liturgical Texts for Osiris and the Deceased in Late Period and Greco-Roman Egypt – Liturgische Texte für Osiris und Verstorbene im spätzeitlichen Ägypten. Proceedings of the colloquiums at New York (ISAW), 6 May 2011, and Freudenstadt, 18–21 July 2012 (Studien zur spätägyptischen Religion 14; Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 2015) 217-32.
  • “Current Trends in the Study of Liturgical Papyri,” in: Burkhard Backes and Jacco Dieleman (eds.), Liturgical Texts for Osiris and the Deceased in Late Period and Greco-Roman Egypt – Liturgische Texte für Osiris und Verstorbene im spätzeitlichen Ägypten. Proceedings of the colloquiums at New York (ISAW), 6 May 2011, and Freudenstadt, 18–21 July 2012 (Studien zur spätägyptischen Religion 14; Harrassowitz ; Wiesbaden 2015) 1-13. [co-authored with Burkhard Backes]
  • “The Materiality of Textual Amulets in Ancient Egypt,” in: Dietrich Boschung and Jan N. Bremmer (eds.), The Materiality of Magic (Wilhelm Fink: Paderborn 2015) 23-58.
  • “A Fragment of a Diagonal Star Table from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA M80.202.500)” JARCE 50 (2014) 221-32.
  • “Scribal Routine in Two Demotic Documents for Breathing (P. Vienna D 12017 and 12019),” in: Sandra Luisa Lippert and Martin Andreas Stadler (eds.), Gehilfe des Thoth. Festschrift für Karl Theodor Zauzich zu seinem 75. Geburtstag (Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden 2014) 29-42.
  • “The Artemis Liturgical Papyrus,” in: Joachim Friedrich Quack (ed.), Ägyptische Rituale der griechisch-römischen Zeit. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike 6 (Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen 2014) 171-83.
  • “Teaching Ancient Egyptian Literature”, in: Alexandra Verbovsek, Burkhard Backes, Catherine Jones (eds.), Methodik und Didaktik in der Ägyptologie. Herausforderungen eines kulturwissenschaftlichen Paradigmenwechsels in den Altertumswissenschaften (Ägyptologie und Kulturwissenschaft IV; Wilhelm Fink Verlag: Munich 2011) 125-32.
  • “Scribal Practices in the Production of Magic Handbooks in Egypt”, in: Shaul Shaked, Yuval Harari, Gideon Bohak (eds.), Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition (Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture 15; Brill Academic Publishers; Leiden 2011) 85-117.
  • “What’s in a sign? Translating Filiation in the Demotic Magical Papyri”, in: Arietta Papaconstantinou (ed.), The Multilingual Experience in Egypt from the Ptolemies to the ‘Abbāsids (Ashgate; Surrey 2010) 127-52.
  • “Cryptography at the Monastery of Deir el-Bachit”, in: Hermann Knuf, Christian Leitz, Daniel von Recklinghausen (eds.), Honi soit qui mal y pense. Studien zum pharaonischen, griechisch-römischen und spätantiken Ägypten zu Ehren von Heinz-Josef Thissen (OLA 194; Peeters Publishers; Leuven 2010) 511-17.
  • “A Coptic Magical Text from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Ostracon LACMA MA 80.202.214” Coptica 5 (2006) 20-31.
  • “A Bilingual Account from Late Ptolemaic Tebtunis” Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 133 (2006) 56-65. [co-authored with Brian Muhs]
  • “Abundance in the Margins – multiplicity of script in the Demotic Magical Papyri”, in: Seth Sanders (ed.), Margins of Writing, Origins of Culture. New Approaches to Writing and Reading in the Ancient Near East (Oriental Institute Seminars 2; Oriental Institute; Chicago 2006) 67-81.
  • “Ein spätägyptisches magisches Handbuch: eine neue PDM oder PGM?”, in: F. Hoffmann and H.J. Thissen (eds.), Res Severa Verum Gaudium. Festschrift Zauzich, (Studia Demotica 6; Peeters Publishers; Leuven 2004) 121-28.
  • “Miniaturization and the Opening of the Mouth in a Greek Magical Text (PGM XII.270-350)” Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 3 (2003) 47-72. [co-authored with Ian Moyer]
  • “Claiming the stars. Egyptian Priests facing the Sky”, in: Susanne Bickel and Antonio Loprieno (eds.), Basel Egyptology Prize 1. Junior Research in Egyptian History, Archaeology, and Philology (Aegyptiaca Helvetica 17; Basel 2003) 277-89.
  • “Stars and the Egyptian Priesthood in the Greco-Roman Period”, in: Scott B. Noegel, Joel Walker and Brannon M. Wheeler (eds.), Prayer, Magic and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World (Pennsylvania State University Press 2003) 137-53.
  • “Fear of Women. Representations of Women in Demotic Wisdom Texts” Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 25 (1998) 7-46.
  • “Amphora Stoppers”, in: S.E. Sidebotham and W.Z. Wendrich (eds.), Berenike 1996. Preliminary Report of the 1996 Excavations at Berenike (Egyptian Red Sea Coast) and the Survey of the Eastern Desert (CNWS Publications; Leiden 1998) 263-77.

Honors & Awards

Visiting Research Scholar at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU (2010/2011)
First prize Basler ägyptologischer Nachwuchspreis (2002)
Travel Scholarship of Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for research and study at the University of Chicago (2002)
VSB Post-Graduate Abroad Scholarship for study at Würzburg University (1998)

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars (Religion 19)
  • Ancient Egyptian Civilization (Ancient Near East/History M103A)
  • Elementary Ancient Egyptian (Ancient Near East 120A, Ancient Near East 120B, Ancient Near East 120C)
  • Coptic (Ancient Near East 123A-B)
  • Ancient Egyptian Religion (Ancient Near East M130/Religion M132)
  • Survey of Ancient Near Eastern Literatures in English: Egypt (Ancient Near East 150B)
Graduate
  • Egyptian Texts of Greco-Roman Period (Ancient Near East 211A, Ancient Near East 211B)
  • Readings in Middle Kingdom Literature (Ancient Near East 215)
  • Demotic (Ancient Near East 221A, Ancient Near East 221B)
  • Coptic (Ancient Near East C223A, Ancient Near East C223B)
  • Old Egyptian (Ancient Near East 270)
  • Seminar: Paleography (Middle Eastern Studies 290)