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Anne Austin

Anne Austin has been awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities (formerly the Stanford Humanities Fellows Program). The program brings outstanding younger scholars to Stanford on two-year fellowships. Austin will conduct independent research and teach two courses. Austin will offer a course entitled, Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World, during the fall 2014 term, followed by Egyptomania! The Allure of Ancient Egypt over the Past 3500 Years during the Winter 2015 term. She received her doctorate from the University of California – Los Angeles. Her ARCE research was entitled, A Bioarchaeological and Textual Analysis of Health Care at Deir El-Medina. Her fellowship was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2013-2014.

Carolyn Ramzy

Carolyn M. Ramzy is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Ramzy received her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. The research she conducted in Egypt, Coptic Tarat?l and a History of Musical Resistance; Singing Egyptian Nationalism Beginning the Early Twentieth Century, featured prominently in her dissertation on Politics of (Dis)Engagement: Coptic  Christian Religious Revival and the Performative Politics of Song, which she defended in January 2014. Her fellowship was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010-2011.

Aaron Jakes

Aaron Jakes has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Middle East Studies at Georgetown University for 2014-2015. His dissertation was a study of both the political economy of the British occupation of Egypt and the role of political-economic thought in struggles over colonial rule in the decades prior to World War I. Jake’s fellowship research entitled, Fields of Finance: Egypt, Agricultural Credit, and the Age of Global Comparison, 1882-1922, was supported with funding from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010-2011.

Alexandra Seggerman

Alexandra Dika Seggerman has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Smith College. As a Five College Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Art, Seggerman will conduct independent research and teach one course annually at both Smith and Hampshire Colleges. Her ARCE fellowship research was titled, “Revolution and Renaissance in Modern Egyptian Art, 1880-1960”  and was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2011-2012. She received her doctorate in the History of Art from Yale University.

Heather Badamo

Heather Badamo is a Harper Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, based in the Department of the History of Art.  She recently received a CAORC Multi-Country fellowship to conduct research in the Southern Caucuses and Lebanon, with the intention of expanding her dissertation into a book. Badamo’s fellowship research was entitled, “Art Among the Byzantines and Muslims: Medieval Coptic representations of Military Saints ca 850-1300 CE.”  The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funded Badamo’s predoctoral fellowship in 2008-2009.

Melinda Nelson-Hurst

Melinda Nelson-Hurst is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Since moving to Louisiana, Nelson-Hurst has been instrumental in founding the ARCE Louisiana Interest Group. Nelson-Hurst was awarded an ARCE fellowship funded by the Kress Foundation in 2007-2008. Her research was entitled, “Title Inheritance and Reciprocity during the Middle Kingdom: an Examination of the Textual and Art-Historical Evidence.”  

Following Nelson-Hurst’s ARCE fellowship she was honored with the following awards: Kolb Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011-present; Kolb Junior Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2010-2011; and the GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Hoda A. Yousef

Hoda A. Yousef is currently an Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College. Yousef teaches courses in the History of the Islamic World, the Modern Middle East and Gender and the Nation in the Modern Middle East. Yousef’s predoctoral fellowship was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2007-2008. Her research was entitled, “Literacy in the Public Sphere in Egypt at the turn of the 20th Century.”

Dina El Gabry is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University.  She defended her doctoral dissertation at Johns Hopkins University in December 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Betsy Bryan. The dissertation title was “Chairs, Stools, and Footstools in the New Kingdom: Production, Typology, and Social Analysis”.  Dr. El Gabry teaches the following courses: the History of Ancient Egypt and its Archaeological Sites; Ancient Egyptian Language, a course on the Egyptian Museum; and a graduate level course on the Art of Ancient Egypt.  In addition she is working on the selection of an unpublished stela and coffin at the Egyptian Museum that she intends to publish for academic purposes. El Gabry was funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 2008-2009.

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