Education

  • CPhil Ancient Near Eastern Studies — UCLA
  • MA Ancient Near Eastern Studies — UCLA
  • MA Egyptology — University of Memphis
  • BA Classics — Duke University

Research

Dissertation: “Hittite Queenship: Women and Power in Hittite Anatolia”

Despite the increasing attention paid to the study of women in the ancient Near East in recent years, Hittite women remain critically understudied. Royal women appear frequently in Hittite texts, and queens busied themselves with producing and raising children, arranging marriages, participating in religious ceremonies, supervising palatial economic transactions, and maintaining order in the king’s absence. This dissertation examines the ways in which Hittite queens wielded political, economic, and ideological power and the degrees to which they exercised agency and autonomy. Though queens played a fundamental role in supporting patriarchal rule, the frequent allegations of abuse of power by royal women indicate anxiety about female influence and power.

Courses

Instructor

  • Ancient Egyptian Art I
  • Ancient Egyptian Religion

Teaching Assistant

  • Ancient Egyptian Civilization I
  • Ancient Egyptian Civilization II
  • Ancient Egyptian Religion
  • Cinema and the Ancient World
  • Classical Mythology
  • Jerusalem: the Holy City
  • US History to 1877
  • US History since 1877
  • Visible Language: Study of Writing

Research Interests

  • Kingship and royal courts
  • Patronage and informal power structures
  • Annals and ancient historiography
  • Provincial administration
  • Festivals, processions, and feasting
  • Private religion and magic