Ph.D., 2011, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Dissertation: “Ideology and Practicality in Transmission of Office during the Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: an Examination of Families and the Concept of iAt.”
Committee members: Dr. David P. Silverman (chair), Dr. Josef Wegner, Dr. JJ Shirley.
A.M., 2009, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
B.A., 2001, Brandeis University, History; Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, magna cum laude.
TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Melinda Nelson-Hurst’s teaching and research interests include a variety of subjects within the social history of Egypt and the Near East. In particular, she has focused on administration, the role of families within society, death rituals and family obligations, the careers of ancient administrators, ancient Egyptian autobiographies and related texts, and discerning the difference between the idealized picture presented in many texts and what life was actually like for ancient Egyptians.
SELECTED ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS
Kolb Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011-present.
Kolb Junior Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2010-2011.
GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.
“The Increasing Emphasis on Collateral and Female Kin in the Late Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period: The Vivification Formula as a Case Study” in Current Research in Egyptology 2010: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium, Maarten Horn, et al., eds. (Oxbow, 2011), 116-123.
“‘…who causes his name to live’: the Vivification Formula through the Second Intermediate Period" in Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman, Zahi Hawass and Jennifer Houser Wegner, eds. (Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, 2010), 13-31.
D. Stefanović, Non-royal regular feminine titles of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period: Dossiers, in Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 46 (2010): 278-279.
Articles for Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Editors: R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, & S. Hübner): Atum, Cenotaphs, Fate, Pharaonic Egypt, Ka, Meir, Meshkent, Min, Nome, Sobek, Tawaret, and Tefnut. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
Review of: J. Tyldesley, Tutankhamen: Search for an Egyptian King, in The History Teacher
Works in Progress
“The Careers of the Ruling Family at Beni Hasan” (article).
“The Heir and Inheritance in Religious, Literary, and Biographical Texts of the Old and Middle Kingdoms” (article in collaboration with A. J. Morales).
The Administrative Family: Title Acquisition Practices during the Middle Kingdom (monograph)
The Evolution of the Family during the Late Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period (monograph)
SELECTED RESEARCH GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
Louis J. Kolb Foundation Junior Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2010-2011.
University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010.
Kress Fellowship, American Research Center in Egypt, 2007-2008.
William Penn Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2005.
SELECTED PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS
Meetings, Roundtables, and Colloquia
Seventh Annual Kolb Senior Colloquium
Respondent, Philadelphia, PA (October 2012).
Sixty-Third American Research Center in Egypt Annual Meeting
“Succession within the Khnumhotep Family,” Providence, RI (April 2012).
Forty-Third Annual Conference on African Linguistics
“Concepts of Inheritance in Ancient Egypt: a Lexicographical Examination” New Orleans, LA (March 2012).
The Fifth Annual Kolb Junior Fellows Spring Colloquium
“Ideology and Practicality in Transmission of Office during the Middle Kingdom,” Philadelphia, PA (April 2011).
Middle Kingdom Roundtable, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“An Additional Social Change Identified: the Shift from Lineal to Collateral Kin in the Late Middle Kingdom,” Boston, MA (February 2010).
Current Research in Egyptology XI
“The Evolving Roles of Collateral and Female Kin in Society and the Funerary Cult from the Middle Kingdom through the Second Intermediate Period,” Leiden, Netherlands (January 2010).
Sixtieth American Research Center in Egypt Annual Meeting
“‘…who causes his name to live(?)’: the sanx rn.f formula through the Second Intermediate Period,” Dallas, TX (April 2009).
Selected Invited Lectures
American Research Center in Egypt, New Orleans Area Interest Group
“The Tulane Mummies: A Study of the Egyptian Collection at Tulane University,” New Orleans, LA (presented with Dr. John Verano; April 2012).
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Scholars Series
“Middle Kingdom Careers: Ideology vs. Reality,” Philadelphia, PA (May 2011).
The Franklin Institute
“Cleopatra,” Philadelphia, PA (June 2010).
el-Amra Survey, 2007, under the direction of Dr. Jane A. Hill.
Penn-Yale-IFA Expedition to Abydos, 2004, under the direction of Dr. Josef Wegner and Nicholas Picardo.