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Staff List

Niv AllonNiv Allon, Assistant Curator, received his PhD in Egyptology from Yale University in 2014. That same year, he joined the Museum's curatorial staff as a specialist in ancient Egyptian texts and scripts. Before joining the Museum, Niv took part in an international project on classification and classifying systems, and was awarded a Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. Niv's scholarship probes the nexus of visual studies and textual analysis, investigating how art, sign, and language interact. He is currently working on a book on the relationship between the military and the visualization of literacy in New Kingdom Egypt. In addition, he is the co-author of a book on ancient Egyptian scribes.

Selected Publications:

Dieter Arnold

Dieter Arnold, Curator, studied Egyptology, classical archaeology, and architecture in Heidelberg and Munich, and took part in excavations at Paestum and Certosa di Padula (southern Italy) and at Mulva (Andalusia). He worked for 17 years as an archaeologist in residence for the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, undertaking excavations at Kalabsha, Qasr el-Sagha (Faiyum), Tarif, Asasif, Deir el-Bahari (western Thebes), and at the pyramid of Amenemhat III at Dahshur. From 1979–84, he taught Egyptology as head of the Egyptological Seminar of the University of Vienna. He has been a curator in The Met's Department of Egyptian Art since 1984, and in that time he has conducted the department's excavations at the pyramids of Amenemhat I, Senwosret I, and Senwosret III at Lisht and Dahshur. He is also the author of numerous books and articles on Pharaonic archaeology and architecture.

Selected Publications:

  • Arnold, Dieter. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.
  • ———. Temples of the Last Pharaohs. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • MetPublications: Selected publications by Dieter Arnold

Marsha Hill

Marsha Hill, Curator, is an art historian and Egyptologist who holds an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts. She specializes in ancient Egyptian sculpture, with particular interests in metal sculpture and donation practices, art and culture of the first millennium B.C., and sculpture from Tell el-Amarna, where she is a member of the field expedition. She curated the exhibition Gifts for the Gods: Images from Ancient Egyptian Temples (2007–8), which was shown at The Met and at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland, and has worked on numerous other exhibitions and installations. She has taught often, including courses at City College, the Institute of Fine Arts, and Yale University. Marsha is currently working on the reinstallation of the Museum's Ptolemaic collection; co-authoring a book that gathers excavated sculpture from Amarna; and co-authoring a series of studies of metal sculpture.

Selected Publications:

  • Hill, Marsha. "Snake Charting: Situating the Sculptors' Models/Votives of the Late and Ptolemaic Periods." In Sitting beside Lepsius: Studies in Honour of Jaromir Málek at the Griffith Institute, edited by Janine Bourriau, Diana Magee, and Stephen Quirke, 239–56. Leuven: Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 185, 2009.
  • ———. "Royal Bronze Statuary from ancient Egypt, with special attention to the kneeling pose." Egyptological Memoirs 3. Leiden: Brill/Styx, 2004.
  • MetPublications: Selected publications by Marsha Hill

Janice Kamrin

Janice Kamrin, Associate Curator, holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Middle Kingdom tomb art and the archaeology of Thebes. In the department, she oversees matters related to The Museum System (TMS) and technology in general. She recently joined the department's joint expedition to Malqata, the New Kingdom festival city of Amenhotep III, under the direction of Diana Craig Patch, and is planning to work with a Macquarie University project to document the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. Additionally, Janice serves on the board of the American Research Center in Egypt. Before coming to The Met, Janice lived in Egypt, where she directed several projects at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and worked with the head of the Antiquities Service.

Selected Publications:

  • Kamrin, Janice. "The Egyptian Museum Database, Digitizing, and Registrar Training Projects: Update 2009." In The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt: Papers in Honor of Dorothea Arnold (Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19), edited by Ogden Goelet and Adela Oppenheim. New York: Egyptological Seminar of New York, 2015.
  • ———. "The Procession of 'Asiatics' at Beni Hasan." In Cultures in Contact: From Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C., edited by Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, and Yelena Rakic, 156–69. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013.
  • ———. The Cosmos of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan. New York: Kegan Paul International, 1999.

Adela OppenheimAdela Oppenheim, Curator, received her BA from New York University, MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, where she completed a dissertation on the decorative program of the Senwosret III pyramid temple at Dahshur. She co-directs (with Curator Dieter Arnold) the Museum's excavations at the Middle Kingdom pyramid complex of Pharaoh Senwosret III at Dahshur, where her work focuses on the relief decoration of the king's temples. Adela has written and lectured extensively on Middle Kingdom art and the results of the Dahshur excavations. She is currently co-curator (with Dorothea Arnold) of a major exhibition on the art of Middle Kingdom Egypt scheduled to open in October 2015.

Selected Publications:

  • MetPublications: Selected publications by Adela Oppenheim
  • Oppenheim, Adela. "The North and South Walls of Senwosret III's North Chapel at Dahshur." In Ancient Memphis: "Enduring is the Perfection." Proceedings of the international conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney on August 14–15, 2008, edited by Linda Evans, 397–424. Leuven: Peeters; Departement Oosterse Studies, 2012.
  • ———. "The Early Life of Pharaoh: Divine Birth and Adolescence Scenes in the Causeway of Senwosret III at Dahshur." In Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010 1, edited by Miroslav Bárta, Filip Coppens, and Jaromír Krejčí, 171–88. Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, 2011.

Diana Craig PatchDiana Craig Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge, is an Egyptologist specializing in archaeology who received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. During her tenure at The Met, Patch has curated The Dawn of Egyptian Art (2012), an exhibition that demonstrated how Predynastic art contributed to the foundation of Pharaonic culture, and the exhibition Cleopatra's Needle (2013–14), which celebrated the Central Park icon. Additionally, she co-curated the reinstallation of the Predynastic and Early Dynastic gallery (2003). Patch has taught courses at the Institute of Fine Arts, City University of New York, and Rutgers University, and also lectures extensively. For the past 35 years, Patch has carried out fieldwork in Egypt and currently is co-director of the joint expedition to Malqata—a project for mapping, excavating, and restoring the festival city of Amenhotep III in western Thebes.

Selected Publications:

  • MetPublications: Selected publications by Diana Craig Patch
  • Patch, Diana Craig. "By Necessity or Design: A Study of Faience Use in Ancient Egyptian Culture." In Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience, by Florence Friedman, et al., 32–45. London: Thames & Hudson, 1998.
  • ———. "A 'Lower Egyptian' Costume: Its Origin, Development, and Meaning." In Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 32 (1995): 93–116.

Catharine RoehrigCatharine H. Roehrig, Curator, is an Egyptologist who holds a PhD in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, she was the assistant director of the Theban Mapping Project, which led her to develop a keen interest in the architecture of New Kingdom royal tombs, a subject on which she has written extensively. From 1986 to 1988, Catharine worked on the exhibition Mummies & Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt (1988) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Here at The Met, she has worked on numerous exhibitions and gallery installations; co-curated The Pharaoh's Photographer: Harry Burton, Tutankhamun, and the Metropolitan's Egyptian Expedition (2001); and curated Egyptian Art at Eton College: Selections from the Myers Museum (2000) and Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (2005–6). Catharine is currently working on a publication of the tomb of Wah (excavated by The Met in 1920), and is a member of the Museum's joint expedition to Malqata.

Selected Publications:

  • MetPublications: Selected publications by Catharine H. Roehrig
  • Roehrig, Catharine H. "The Foundation Deposits of Hatshepsut's Mortuary Temple at Deir el-Bahri." In Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 69), edited by José M. Gálán, Betsy M. Bryan, and Peter F. Dorman, 139–55. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014.
  • ———. "Forgotten treasures: Tausret as seen in her monuments." In Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt, edited by Richard H. Wilkinson, 48–66. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Morena StefanovaMorena Stefanova, Research Associate, received her PhD in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology from the Bulgarian Academy of Science in 2013. She is responsible for book acquisitions and the organization of the Egyptian Department Research Library, and also supports curatorial research and archival projects. Her scholarly interests focus on intercultural exchange and exploring the links between cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, the Near East, and Egypt. Before joining the department in 2008, Morena was an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art from 2004 to 2006. Formerly a chief curator of the National Museum of History in Sofia, she has also excavated sites in Thrace and Anatolia.

Isabel StünkelIsabel Stünkel, Associate Curator, is an Egyptologist who joined The Met's curatorial staff in 2007, after having been awarded several fellowships at the Museum. Previously, she was a curator in the Egyptian Museum at the University of Bonn. Isabel is a member of the Museum's annual excavation at the pyramid complex of Senwosret III at Dashur, and is working on the decoration of the royal women's chapels at the site. Another focus of her research is amulets, and she is currently studying a mummy in the Museum's collection that bears a large number of amulets within the wrappings.

Selected Publications:

  • Now at The Met: "The Mummy of Nesmin: A Closer Look."
  • Smyth, Andrew W., Patrick Brewick, Raphael Greenbaum, Manolis Chatzis, Anna Serotta, and Isabel Stünkel. "Vibration Monitoring and Notification Network for Museum Construction: A Case Study." Submitted to the Journal of the American Institute of Conservation, 2015.
  • Stünkel, Isabel. "Notes on Khenemet-nefer-hedjet Weret II." In The Art and Culture of Ancient Egypt: Studies in Honor of Dorothea Arnold (Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar 19), edited by Ogden Goelet and Adela Oppenheim, 627–36. New York: Egyptological Seminar of New York, 2015.