Board of Governors
David A. Anderson
Paul Stanwick was a management consultant at Accenture PLC, with experience across a range of financial services, including banking, hedge funds, financial publishing and investment research. He has worked with the Taproot Foundation on non-profit consulting management. He earned an MBA in finance from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Egyptian and Roman art history and archaeology from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. Dr. Stanwick is a scholar of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. He has been an ARCE member since 1988.
Immediate Past President
Betsy Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1980. Her areas of specialization are history, art and archaeology of the New Kingdom. Her current fieldwork is in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak, and her research focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru.
Nicola Aravecchia is Assistant Professor of Classics and of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. He holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Bologna, an MA in Ancient and Medieval Art & Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Art History both from the University of Minnesota. He is the Archaeological Field Director of the excavations at ʿAin el-Gedida, a fourth-century settlement in the Dakhla Oasis of Upper Egypt, and the Deputy Field Director at Amheida/Trimithis, a Graeco-Roman city in Dakhla Oasis. Nicola is also a Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. In the Spring of 2016, he was the invited Chair of Coptic Studies at The American University in Cairo. Nicola’s research interests encompass the art and archaeology of Graeco-Roman and late antique Egypt. In particular, they focus on the origins and development of early Christian architecture in Egypt’s Western Desert. Nicola is the main author of the final archaeological report on ʿAin el-Gedida, as well as the co-author of a volume on the Amheida excavations. He has also written articles and essays on related subjects, including early Egyptian monasticism.
Dr. Yekaterina Barbash is Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She received a Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history, Art, and Philology from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where she was also awarded an M.A. She is the recipient of a B.A. from New York University. Her dissertation on the hieratic mortuary papyrus of Padikakem was published in the Yale Egyptological Studies Series. Dr. Barbash has taught ancient Egyptian art and Egyptian hieroglyphs at a variety of colleges and universities in the Tri-state area. She has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University expedition to the Mut Precinct in Karnak, Egypt, where the Brooklyn Museum also maintains an excavation. She curated Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Amulets and Fragments and Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, and co-curated Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. She has been an ARCE member since 1997.
Stephanie Denkowicz is a special counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP specializing in corporate law and cross border mergers and acquisitions. She earned her B.A. in anthropology and government from the University of Arizona, her J.D. from Rutgers University, and is currently completing her Masters in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Ms. Denkowicz has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including those that support orphaned and abandoned children, the arts and cultural affairs. She has been an ARCE member since 2003, is a member of the Nuri Archaeological Expedition, a board member and president of the ARCE New York chapter, and has previously served on a number of ARCE Board Committees.
Melinda Hartwig is the curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Previously, she taught at Georgia State University as a professor of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art and archaeology. Besides curating a number of exhibitions, she has authored four books and a wide array of articles. Melinda has worked in Egypt since 1983, directing Theban tomb documentation and conservation projects, as a recipient of NEH and USAID grants, among others. She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Salima Ikram is Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo, and has worked as an archaeologist in Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, Greece, and the United States. After double majoring in history and classical and near eastern archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, United States, she received her MPhil in museology and Egyptian archaeology and PhD in Egyptian archaeology from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, the North Kharga Darb Ain Amur Survey, Valley of the Kings KV10/KV63 Mission co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey. She has also participated in several other archaeological missions throughout Egypt. She lectures internationally, and publishes in both scholarly and popular journals, as well as having an active media presence.
Janice Kamrin is an associate curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has been since 2010. One of her primary responsibilities is to oversee the Egyptian Art department's work in the Museum's database; she is also part of a project to digitize, process, and prepare for eventual on-line publication the work of The Met's early 20th century Egyptian Expedition to Thebes. She is currently part of the Joint Expedition to Malqata, the Festival Palace of Amenhotep III on the West Bank of Luxor. Prior to her work at The Met, she served as project director for a cluster of ARCE-sponsored projects at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. These included the Egyptian Museum Registrar Training and Database projects, which oversaw the creation of a new database for the Egyptian Museum and the intensive training of young Egyptians to serve as registrars and documentation specialists.
Rita Lucarelli is an Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied at the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her Ph.D. thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC. Until 2014, she was a Research Scholar on the Book of the Dead Project at the University of Bonn, Germany and lecturer at the same department. She has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies of Columbia University and at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) of NYU. At UC Berkeley, Rita Lucarelli is also a Faculty Curator of Egyptology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Fellow of the Digital Humanities. She is presently working at a project aiming at realizing 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins of the Hearst Museum; the magical spells decorating these objects are taken as case-study for investigating the materiality of the text in relation to ancient Egyptian funerary literature. Rita Lucarelli’s main research interests are magic, demonology and funerary religion in ancient Egypt; she is currently completing a monograph on demonology in ancient Egypt and she is one of the coordinators of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.
Nadine Moeller is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale with a focus on Egyptian Archaeology and Egyptology. Her main research interests include settlement archaeology and urbanism in ancient Egypt, household archaeology and climate change in antiquity. She is the author of The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt (Cambridge 2016), and co-editor together with Karen Radner (LMU Munich), and Dan Potts (NYU/ISAW) of the Oxford History of the Ancient Near East (Oxford 2020-), a five volume project to replace the 'Cambridge Ancient History'. In Egypt she has been directing the ongoing excavations at Tell Edfu together with Gregory Marouard since 2010, and she also participated in numerous excavations and fieldwork projects at other sites in Egypt such as Abu Rawash, Memphis, Dendara, Theban West Bank, Valley of the Kings, and Elephantine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Christ's College 2004) and held the Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford (2004-2007). Her previous appointment was Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (2007-2020). In 2018 she was the recipient of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Nicholas Picardo manages the Giza Project at Harvard University. He specializes in household archaeology and digital archaeology. He has served as director of the South Abydos Settlement Excavation E Project and field director with the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project. He was a visiting instructor of Egyptology at Brown University in 2010, and a research associate in the Art of the Ancient World department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he co-curated the exhibition “The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC.” He co-founded the Pennsylvania chapter of ARCE, is currently the treasurer of the New England chapter, and previously served as each chapter’s president. He has been an ARCE member since 1998.
Francis Joseph Ricciardone
Francis J. Ricciardone served as the twelfth President of the American University in Cairo from 2016 to 2021. Previously he had served as a United States Foreign Service officer, including assignments as Ambassador to Turkey (2011-2014), Egypt (2005-2008) The Philippines and the Republic of Palau (2002-2005), and as Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Outside U.S. Government Service, he was Vice President of the Atlantic Council and Director of its Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East (2014-2016); a distinguished visiting scholar at U.S. Institute of Peace (2008-2009); and Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai (1991-1993), an international peacekeeping organization operating in Egypt. Ricciardone has extensive executive experience in public policy in world affairs, interdisciplinary, and inter-agency program direction, international educational exchange, organizational change and development, and cross-cultural public communications. Ricciardone speaks and reads Arabic, Italian, Turkish, French, as well as rudimentary Farsi.
Dr. Adam Sabra is Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His teaching and research focus on the Middle East, particularly Egypt, in the medieval and early modern periods, and the social and cultural history of Cairo. Other areas of interest include legal history and Islamic mysticism. Dr. Sabra has served on ARCE’s Fellowship Committee twice in the past 10 years and has been a fellow three times, once as a dissertation scholar and twice as an NEH funded fellow.
Adina Savin is the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Disney Branded Television with oversight of the Business Affairs and Contract Administration teams for Disney Channels Worldwide and Disney Television Animation. She is based in Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.A in Political Science from the University of Southern California, her M.A. from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, and her J.D from New York University Law School. As a top scholar and student leader, she was the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and financial support that made her education possible. To pay forward to others, Ms. Savin endowed a scholarship at USC in 2016, and in 2019, endowed another scholarship at NYU Law. She previously served 15 years as a member of ARCE’s national Board of Governors, is currently a member of the Board of Governors of ARCE’s Southern California chapter, and is a Trustee of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Ancient Egypt has been a passion since she was a young girl, and she fulfilled a life-long dream years ago when she became a volunteer on the excavation of Tomb 21 in the Valley of the Kings, in Luxor, Egypt.
Ed Snow is a partner with Burr & Forman, LLP, a law firm representing financial institutions, manufacturing concerns and healthcare entities, among other lines of business. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee. He received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law and his LL.M. in Banking Law from the Boston University School of Law. Mr. Snow is also a former adjunct professor of contracts and contract drafting at Emory Law and frequently writes and speaks on lending and other legal topics, including legal documents and practices from the ancient Near East. Mr. Snow is co-chair of the board for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. He has been an ARCE member since 2003.
Deborah Vischak is an assistant professor of ancient Egyptian art and archaeology in the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 2006. Her work investigates social and communal identities and regionalism in Egyptian material culture. She has worked on excavations and conducted field work at a number of sites from Giza to Aswan, and has recently joined Dr. Matthew Adams as co-director of the Abydos North Cemetery project. Dr. Vischak was an ARCE fellow in 2003 and has been an ARCE member since.
Louise Bertini has served as ARCE’s Executive Director since April 2019 and previously as Director for Egypt since 2018. She is an Egyptologist and specialist in faunal analysis who has worked on more than 20 archaeological projects in Egypt since 2003. She obtained a M.A. in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, and a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Durham University. Her research interests include zooarchaeology, bioarchaeology, paleoecology, paleopathology, domestication, subsistence reconstruction, and animal mummification as well as other areas of Egyptology. She was an instructor at the American University in Cairo from 2009-2017. She has been a member of ARCE since 2003.
Courtney Marx is the Administrative and Board Associate for ARCE. Courtney earned her B.A. in Art History from George Mason University in 2017. She earned her M.A. in Art History, with a focus on ancient Egypt, from George Mason University in 2020 and was chosen as the Art History department's Outstanding Graduate Student honoree. In 2018, Courtney began the Art History Graduate Association at George Mason University, and was elected its first president. She plans to continue her education by earning her Ph.D. in Egyptology in the future.