The Department of History at the University of Memphis offers both an MA and PhD in
History with a concentration in Egyptology. While other Egyptology programs at major
institutions across North America concentrate in Egyptian language, art history, and
archaeology, the University of Memphis is unique in offering a graduate program in
Ancient Egyptian history and historiography at both the Master’s and Doctoral level.
At the same time, we provide our students with advanced training in Egyptological
philology, art history, and archaeology through the History and Art History Departments.
As a public university, we offer all this at a highly competitive price at the only
Egyptology program in the southern United States.
Within the Department of History, we approach the advanced study of the language,
culture, and history of ancient Egypt from an interdisciplinary perspective centered
on historical practices and methodology. Our students learn not just the basics of
Egyptian history, but become firmly grounded in the historiography and practices of
Egyptological research and writing within the field. Gaining other necessary skills
in the disciplines of philology, archaeology, and art history, our students research
wide-ranging topics within Egyptian history under the direction of Drs. Peter Brand
and Suzanne Onstine. Students also have opportunities to travel to Egypt and participate
in field projects there.
Dr. Brand specializes in the political history and foreign relations of Pharaonic
Egypt, especially during the New Kingdom, as well as the study of Egyptian historical
texts. As an expert in monumental epigraphy, he also directs the Karnak Hypostyle
Hall Project (www.memphis.edu/hypostyle) which gives students opportunities to study and record monumental reliefs and inscriptions
from one of Egypt most iconic structures, the Great Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak. Dr.
Onstine’s focus is on social history with special interests in gender, religion, and
Nubian cultures. Her background in anthropology and archaeology support the program’s
commitment to interdisciplinary approaches. Students are also able to take courses
with Dr. Chrystal Goudsouzian, an instructor in the department, who specializes in
daily life and religion, with a focus on Egyptian women, gender, sexuality, and the
body. Additionally, the Department of Art's Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
(www.memphis.edu/egypt), or IEAA, currently employs three Egyptologists who offer graduate level courses
in Middle Egyptian language, art history, and museum studies.