Research Associate, Giza Project, Harvard University
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Rachel graduated Harvard University in 1999 and received a B.A. with honors in Classical Studies with a minor in the Ancient Near East. She decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has worked extensively with the Penn Museum's impressive Egyptian collections. Her research interests are varied and include Egyptian religion, funerary texts of the New Kingdom, Old Kingdom mortuary architecture and Ptolemaic history. She is currently working on her dissertation, entitled "The Use of Divine Determinatives as Classifiers in New Kingdom Books of the Dead."
Rachel has excavated and conducted research at a number of sites, such as Abydos in Egypt, Tel Harasim and Ashkelon in Israel and mainland Greece. Besides the Kolb Fellowship, she has also received the University Fellowship at Penn, the Harvard College Scholarship, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit, the Dorot Travel Stipend to Israel and the Victor A. Lewinson Fellowship in Classics. Recent publications on her dissertation research include "'Sitting Among the Great Gods': Denoting Divinity in the Papyrus of Nu" in Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman, vol. 1, 2010, and "Divine Determinatives in the Papyrus of Ani" in Current Research in Egyptology VIII, 2008.
A frequent presenter at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), Rachel has also given lectures and led museum tours at Penn, the Franklin Institute, Swansea University in Wales and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. For the last three years, she has worked as Research Associate for the Giza Archives Project (GAP) at the MFA, updating, correcting and digitizing excavation records and photographs from the 40-year Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition to the Giza Plateau. These data have now been made available online at the GAP website. She has also collaborated on several research projects with international museums holding Giza collections (Cairo, Hildesheim, Turin).