PhD, Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University (2002)
BA, German and Humanities, University of Texas at Austin (1994)
- 21st Dynasty funerary practice – reuse, robbery, innovation in a time of crisis, and the 21st Dynasty Egyptian Coffins Database.
- Craft specialization, socioeconomic value, reception history and taste change in funerary arts; anthropology of funerary rituals and belief; transformative funerary rituals.
- Gender studies of rule (Hatshepsut) and gender studies of funerary belief (coffins).
- New Kingdom socioeconomic texts in western Thebes.
- Sketching, figured ostraca, and communities of practice.
- Contextual architectural studies, particularly focusing on Theban region.
- Afro-centrism and Egyptological agendas; the socioeconomics of the Egyptian blockbuster exhibition.
- Material culture studies: coffins and funerary objects of the Ramesside and early Third Intermediate Periods; Late Period bronze votive statuettes; scarabs, sealings, molds and faience amulets.
- “Private Sector Tomb Robbery and Funerary Arts Reuse according to West Theban Documentation,” in: Deir el-Medina Studies, Helsinki June 24-29, 2009 Proceedings, J. Toivari-Viitala, T. Vartiainen, S. Uvanto, eds. (Finland 2014): 16-28.
- “Where does the Masculine Begin and the Feminine End? The Merging of the Two Genders in Egyptian Coffins during the Ramesside Period,” in: Ehrenmord und Emanzipation: Die Geschlechterfrage in Ritualen von Parallelgesellschaften, Geschlecht–Symbol–Religion series, B. Heininger, ed., LIT Verlag (Münster).
- “Scarab,” UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (Los Angeles).
- “The Functional Materialism of Death: A Case Study of Funerary Material in the Ramesside Period,” in: Das Heilige und die Ware, IBAES VII, M. Fitzenreiter, ed., Golden House Publications (London).
- “An Informal Workshop: Textual Evidence for Private Funerary Art Production in the Ramesside Period,” in: Living and Writing in Deir el Medine: Socio-historical Embodiment of Deir el Medine Texts, Aegyptiaca Helvetica series 19, Andreas Dorn and Tobias Hoffmann, eds. (Basel): 43-56.
- “Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Part I: Intimate Protection or Distributed Propaganda? Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” co-authored with Johnna Tyrrell, PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal 4, 1 (October): 1-13.
- “Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Part II: Catalogue of Scarabs in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” co-authored with Johnna Tyrrell, PalArch, Netherlands Scientific Journal 4, 1 (October): 15-98.
- Changing Burial Practices at the End of the New Kingdom: Defensive Adaptations in Tomb Commissions, Coffin Commissions, Coffin Decoration, and Mummification, in: Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, JARCE 47 (2011), 3-44.
- “Apprenticeship and Figured Ostraca from the Ancient Egyptian Village of Deir el-Medina,” in: Archaeology and Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity, and Communities of Practice, W. Wendrich, ed., University of Arizona Press (Tucson), 145-170.
- “Objectifying the Body: The Increased Value of the Ancient Egyptian Mummy during the Socioeconomic Crisis of Dynasty Twenty-One,” in: J. Papadopoulos and G. Urton, eds., The Construction of Value in the Ancient World, Cotsen Institute Press (Los Angeles): 139-159.
- Review of Lynn Meskell’s Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt, American Journal of Archaeology 107 (2003).
- The Production of Private Ramesside Tombs within the West Theban Funerary Economy
- Gender Transformation in Death: A Case Study of Coffins from Ramesside Period Egypt
- Labour, in The Egyptian World, Toby Wilkinson, ed.
- The Daily Offering Meal in the Ritual of Amenhotep I: An Instance of the Local Adaptation of Cult Liturgy (co-authored with J. Brett McClain)
- Egyptology and Afrocentrism (in German), in: Ma’at Archäologie Ägyptens, No. 2 (2005), 6-11.
- The Woman Who Would Be King, in Lapham’s Quarterly, 13 August 2014.
- “The Edifice of Taharqa: Ritual Function and the Role of the King,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 37: 15-47.
- Women and Power in Ancient World (Ancient Near East 15)
- Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom (Ancient Near East/Art History CM101A)
- Ancient Egyptian Civilization (Ancient Near East/History M103A)
- Late Egyptian (Ancient Near East 210)
- Seminar: Ancient Egypt (Ancient Near East 220)
- Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period to New Kingdom (Ancient Near East C267A)
- Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom to Greco-Roman Period (Ancient Near East C267B)