Chrystal Goudsouzian

Chrystal Goudsouzian

Instructor/Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

143 Mitchell
Office Hours
Email cdykes@memphis.edu for a virtual appointment


Ph.D., History, The University of Memphis, 2012

Fields of interest

Within Egyptology, my main areas of interest are family life and religion with a focus on relationships among women, men, and children; constructions of gender; sex and sexuality; the body and bodily experience and understanding.

I'm currently working on a book project that is entitled "Birthing the Sun: Becoming a Mother in Ancient Egypt." This study of reproductive life during Egypt's Pharaonic era is rooted in textual and material culture from both the land of the living and the land of dead. Narrated through myth and oriented by Egyptian language/terminology, the study seeks to elucidate the relationship between fertility/virility and gender identity, the contributions of men and women to the creation and housing of the unborn child, and the experiences and rituals of pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period.

Courses taught

World Civilization to 1500, The Ancient World, The Greek Experience, Egypt of the Pharaohs, Women in the Ancient World, Life and Death in Ancient Egypt

Representative publications

Book Reviews

  • Review: La mère, l'enfant et le lait en Égypte ancienne. Traditions médico-religieuses, by Richard-Alain Jean and Anne-Marie Loyrette. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 47 (2011)


Undergraduate Studies Committee; HERC Director; Undergraduate Advising Director; History Internship Coordinator; History Honors Program Coordinator; History Dual Enrollment Coordinator