Department of Egyptology and Assyriology

Open Graduate Education Scholars push academic boundaries through their scholarship. The 10 newest members of the Brown University Graduate School’s open education program will customize their Ph.D. studies by seeking a master’s degree in a secondary field.

Despite the COVID-19 disruptions our wonderful students continue to achieve impressive goals.  Congratulations to Margaret Geoga and Federico Zangani, who successfully defended their dissertations in the past month.  Very well done, especially given the extraordinary pressures of this unique and challenging period.

Long before the spring semester transitioned to remote learning, doctoral student Victoria Almansa-Villatoro had developed and implemented Brown’s first online Egyptology course for undergraduates. She was motivated by an interest in continuing to participate in archaeological excavations at the MenkaureValley Temple in Giza, Egypt, while also working to fulfill her teaching responsibility to undergraduates at Brown. Thus EGYT 0500, The Pyramids in Context: Archaeology of Life and Religion of Death in Old Kingdom Egypt, became an online course from the start.

Silvia Štubňová was one of six PhD recipients across the disciplines to receive the honor of a Visiting Assistant Professorship for the Spring 2020 semester.  Through this award Silvia was supported to design and teach her own class.  Titled “Life on the Nile: Ancient Egypt beyond the Pharaohs", it has been well-received by her students and will be a strong addition to her curriculum vitae. You continue to develop your talents, Silvia, congratulations!