Education

C.Phil., Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The University of California, Los Angeles, September 2015

M.A., Social Sciences, The University of Chicago, June 2011

Honors B.A., History and Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, Washington & Jefferson College, May 2010

Research

Texts convey meaning beyond what is simply written.  The secondary meaning of a religious trope, the use value of sacred knowledge, and the act of physically possessing a text are all elements of a written document that, while often overlooked, aid in understanding both the document and the owner of that document.  21st Dynasty funerary papyri provide great insight into the life and organization of the Theban priesthood who utilized these documents as part of the materiality of their burial.  By studying these documents as they relate to gender, position and title within the temple, family relationships, and the veil of reuse of burial equipment, one can begin to understand how religious documents acquired a secondary meaning that helped define the individual in a socially significant way.

Publications

Articles

AUTHOR

“Book Review: France Jamen, Le cercueil de Padikhonsu au musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (XXIe dynastie), Studien zu altägyptischen Totentexten 20 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016). ISBN 9783447103725. Pp. xii +240.,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Vol. 52 (2016) 353-355.

CO-AUTHOR

Arbuckle MacLeod, Caroline, Elsbeth Geldhof, Marissa Stevens, and Kathlyn Cooney, “The Life of the Egyptian Coffin: Preliminary Report,” Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (Los Angeles: UC Regents, 2016) 32-37.

Stevens, Marissa and Kathlyn Cooney, “The Ongoing Study of Coffin Reuse in 21st Dynasty Egypt,” Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (Los Angeles: UC Regents, 2015) 42-47.

CONTRIBUTOR

“Egyptian Mummies,” “Opening of the Mouth,” “Theban Necropolis,” and “The Egyptian Exhibit, The British Museum,” Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture, Matt Cardin, Editor (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2014).

“Ammit,” “Amun,” Amun-Re,” “Aten,” “Atum,” “Horus,” “Introduction,” “Isis,” Mut,” “Osiris,” “Ptah,” “Re,” and “Thoth,” Lincoln Library of World Mythology: Ancient Near East Volume, Derek Gleason, Editor (Cleveland: The Lincoln Library Press, 2013).

Honors & Awards

FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Departmental Summer Grant, 2017, Provided $2,500 for academic research and travel
  • Keck Foundation Grant, 2016, Provided $1,000 for academic research
  • Steinmetz Travel Award, 2016, Provided $800 for research travel
  • Steinmetz Travel Award, 2015, Provided $1,500 for research travel
  • Steinmetz Travel Award, 2014, Provided $1,000 for research travel
  • Graduate Research Mentorship, 2014, Provided $35,708.38 for stipend, tuition, and travel for one year of study
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2014, Provided $6,000 for summer research and $500 for conference travel
  • Graduate Division Travel Award, 2014, Provided $2,000 for research travel
  • Steinmetz Travel Award, 2013, Provided $1,000 for research travel
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2013, Provided $6,000 for summer research and $500 for conference travel
  • National Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship for Graduate Study, 2012, Provided $500 for one year of graduate study
  • National Pi Gamma Mu Graduate Scholarship, 2012, Provided $1,000 for one year of graduate study
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Alice Crocker Lloyd Fellowship, 2012, Provided $3,000 for one year of graduate study
  • Mellon Fellowship, 2012, Provided $27,000 stipend plus tuition & fees for two years of graduate study
  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Paleologos Graduate Scholarship, 2010, Provided $7,500 for one year of graduate study
  • National Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship for Graduate Study, 2010, Provided $1,000 for one year of graduate study
  • The Charles P. Eaton Prize for Independent Work in the Liberal Arts, 2010, Awarded $1,000 prize for best honors project from 2010 graduating class
  • Kelso Award for Summer Research, 2009, Provided $3,000 for summer research in Egypt

AWARDS

  • ARCE National Conference Best Student Paper, “Connecting Coffins and Papyri”, 2016
  • The Walter S. Sanderlin Prize in History, Awarded for High Achievement in History, 2010
  • Scholar in Sociology, Awarded for High Achievement in Sociology, 2010
  • Pi Beta Phi Pearl Award, Given for Highest GPA in Sorority, 2009
  • Phi Alpha Theta Conference Winner, “20th Century Physics and Its Effects on the Arts”, 2009
  • The Henry Willson Temple Prize, Awarded for High Achievement in History, 2008

Courses

LECTURER, Art Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

  • ART 315 Art Egypt and the Ancient Near East, Spring 2017

INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • ANE/ART HIS M110A Art & Arch of Ancient Egypt, Summer 2016
  • ANE 15 Women in Power in the Ancient World, Summer 2015
  • ANE130/RELG 132 Introduction to Egyptian Religion, Summer 2014

TEACHING FELLOW, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • ANE130/RELG 132 Introduction to Egyptian Religion, Spring 2017
  • ANE/HIST 103B Ancient Egyptian Civilization II, Winter 2017
  • ANE 10W Jerusalem: Holy City, Fall 2016
  • ANE 15 Women in Power in the Ancient World, Winter 2016
  • ANE/HIST 103A Ancient Egyptian Civilization I, Fall 2015

TEACHING ASSOCIATE, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • ANE 15 Women in Power in the Ancient World, Winter 2015

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • ANE130/RELG 132 Introduction to Egyptian Religion, Spring 2014
  • ANE/HIST 103A Ancient Egyptian Civilization I, Fall 2013

READER, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • ANE130/RELG 132 Introduction to Egyptian Religion, Spring 2013

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Physics Department, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

  • SCI 106 What’s Center? – The Galileo Affair, Winter 2008

Presentations

“In the Shadow of Coffin Reuse: Reactionary Functions of 21st Dynasty Funerary Papyri”

  • Second Vatican Coffins Conference, Vatican City, June 2017

“Connecting Coffins and Papyri: An Analysis of Social Identity through 21st Dynasty Funerary Iconography”

  • American Research Center in Egypt Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2016
  • Ancient Egyptian Coffins: Past, Present, Future, Cambridge, U.K., April 2016
  • American Research Center in Egypt – Orange County, Santa Ana, CA, March 2016

“Negotiating Social Identity in 21st Dynasty Thebes: Female Agency in Funerary Papyri”

  • UCLA Interdisciplinary Archaeology Conference, Los Angeles, CA February, 2016

“Unwrapped: The Mysterious World of Mummies”

  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, February 2016

“Shifting Social Identity and Self-Presentation: The Growing Emphasis on Family in New Kingdom Theban Tombs”

  • Egypt Exploration Organization of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 2015
  • American Research Center in Egypt Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April 2015

“Tomb Function and Innovation: A New Interpretation of the Monochrome Tomb Chambers of Deir el-Medina”

  • Center for the Study of Religion Graduate Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 2014

“Understanding Agency in Funerary Iconography: An Analysis of a Group of 21st Dynasty Funerary Papyri”

  • American Research Center in Egypt Annual Conference, Portland, OR, April 2014

“Amarna: Akhenaten’s Palace City”

  • American Research Center in Egypt – Orange County, Santa Ana, CA, January 2014
  • Wep Wa-ut in Westwood Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2013
  • Egypt Exploration Organization of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, March 2013