Suzanne L. Onstine
Office: 101 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 2001
Fields of interest
(Visit the Web site of the Department of History graduate program in Egyptology)
Within Egyptology, my main areas of interest are women’s history and religion. My
book The Role of the Chantress in Ancient Egypt explores the intersection of these two subjects and reveals new insights into the
political and social nature of women’s activities. My approach to history is interdisciplinary,
drawing on texts, art historical material, archaeology, and anthropological theory.
This often leads me to research the material culture and social history of Egypt,
focusing on the lives and pursuits of non-elite Egyptians. I am also very interested
in the Nubian cultures that were contemporary with Ancient Egypt.
In the summer of 2007 I began a new epigraphic field work project in Luxor, Egypt,
in the tomb of Pa-nehsy and Ta-renut (TT16). TT16 is a painted Ramesside tomb that
has many unique scenes of temple activity and scenes relating to the worship of the
deified Amenhotep I and Ahmose-Nefertari. The project will be ongoing until all the
texts and painted scenes have been documented photographically and through digital
epigraphy. I will be away doing fieldwork during November and December 2009. If you
need to schedule exams, thesis defenses, etc., please take that into consideration.
I am the faculty advisor for the Alpha Nu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta as well as for
the Egyptology Graduate Student Association. Sarah Potter will be acting as the co-advisor
for Phi Alpha Theta for the period I am away doing fieldwork.
I am also an affiliate with the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the Center
for Research on Women. Students wishing to do directed readings or projects on women
in the ancient world are encouraged to contact me.
Fall 2009 schedule:
- 1110 World Civ. I (first session class ending Oct. 16, 2009)
- 7070/8070 research seminar on Ancient Egyptian Religion (open only to Egyptology graduate
In development [I welcome suggestions from students]
- Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World
- Nubian Cultures
- Predynastic and Early Egypt
- Late Period Egypt
- “Singing,” entry in UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology [in press]
- “Gender and Religion in Ancient Egypt,” Religion Compass [in press]
- “Mesaid Miscellanea,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 32 (2005)
- The Role of the Chantress in Ancient Egypt (London: British Archaeological Reports, 2005)
- “Musician Priestesses in Ancient Egypt,” The Ostracon 13, no. 2 (Summer 2002)
- “Women in Ancient Egypt,” Egypt Revealed (June 2001)
- “The Relationship between Re and Osiris in the Book of Caverns,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 25 (1995) [published 1998]