Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Leah graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2012, and received her B.A. honors for an independent major entitled Egyptian and Classical Languages and Literature. For the summer of 2011, Leah received the Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowship (funded by the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation) to pursue an independent research project focusing on the presence of similes and metaphors in Middle Egyptian tales. She expanded this topic for her senior thesis, which was entitled "An Analysis of Similes in Ancient Egyptian Literature," using examples from both Middle and New Kingdom literature. In May 2012, Leah was awarded the Gertrude Slaughter Fellowship, which is given to a member of the graduating class for excellence in scholarship and carries funding for further study in the United States or abroad.
Leah served as a teaching assistant at Haverford College in Professor Brett Mulligan's Greek course, and then conducted research for Professor Mulligan on Egyptian medical papyri. From September 2010 until December 2011, she worked on the excavated material from Beth Shean for Katy Blanchard in the Near Eastern section of the Penn museum. In December 2011 and January 2012, she participated in the Abydos excavation directed by Professor Josef Wegner, where she contributed to the epigraphic analysis. Currently, she is working in the Egyptian section of the museum under Professor and Senior Fellow David Silverman and Professor Jennifer Wegner. Leah is helping to identify and catalogue personal names on objects found in storage. Her own research thus far has primarily taken a philological approach.