Department of Egyptology and Assyriology

Graduate Students

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    Marc Chapuis

    Marc Chapuis is a PhD student in History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity. After learning Latin and Ancient Greek while writing his PhD in mathematics at the University Paris VI (defended in 2017), he got degrees in Indian Studies at Paris III (where he learned Sanskrit and Prakrit) and in Chinese Studies at the INALCO. His interests include ancient astronomy and mathematics, religious studies, and social history throughout the pre-modern world with a particular focus on Tang Dynasty China.

  • Christopher Cox

    Christopher Cox

    Christopher is a PhD student in Egyptology.  He graduated summa cum laude with honors in both History and Classics from Whitman College in 2018. His thesis argued that anti-black racism existed in the ancient Greco-Roman world and is connected to racism found in the West during and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade. His research interests include ethnicity and race in ancient Egypt and reframing ancient Egypt as an ancient African civilization.

  • Erica Meszaros

    Erica Meszaros

    Erica is a Ph.D. student in History of Science. She earned an M.A. in Social Science with a History of Science focus from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Linguistics and Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in Classical Languages from the College of Wooster. Her research focuses on how the language we use to describe scientific knowledge and advancements changes over time, particularly as it is expressed through metaphor. She also works with NASA Langley Research Center on linguistic analysis to evaluate human/autonomous system teaming and interface design to aid in trusted autonomy. In her spare time, she trains for the circus.

  • Sara Mohr

    Sara Mohr

    Sara is a PhD candidate in Assyriology.  She received her BA with Honors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2015. Sara began her doctoral studies at Brown in 2017 and completed a Certificate in Public Humanities in 2020. She has extensive experience in museum education and outreach as well as in digital humanities methods. She has applied these skills in projects promoting the accessibility of cuneiform and cuneiform studies as well as in public scholarship. Sara is a co-founder and managing editor of the scholarship blog The Ratty, a platform by and for Brown graduate students. Her research interests lie in secrecy and hidden objects, digital approaches to studying the cuneiform record, and the intersection between anthropology and Near Eastern studies. 

  • Jonathan Price

    Jonathan Price

    Jonathan is a PhD student in Assyriology. He is a 2019 graduate of Grove City College, where he majored in History and had the opportunity to participate in archeological conservation projects in Sardinia and central Italy. His chief area of interest is the first millennium BC Mesopotamia, particularly the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Empires. His topics of interest include the relationship between Mesopotamian scholarly community and imperial administration, the role of divination and religious ritual in the imperial regime, and the historical and geographical consciousness of both empires. More broadly, he is also interested in the rold Near Eastern empires played in the development of Western historiography through the perspectives of both historians and travelers to the region.

  • J. Rafael Saade

    J. Rafael Saade

    ‘Rafa’ is a Ph.D. student in Egyptology. He holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Navarra and an M.A. in Egyptology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His master’s thesis focused on how the Demotic tales of Setne Khaemwaset reflect the Egyptians’ perception of their own relationship with the divine world. His research interests center on the cultural exchange between Egypt and other ancient Near Eastern civilizations during the second half of the first millennium BCE; more specifically, on how this cultural interaction transcended into the ideological and literary spheres.