Current Faculty and Staff
The museum is overseen by the Director, Dr. Betsy Bryan, and staffed by Curator/Conservator Sanchita Balachandran. A Faculty Advisory Board advises on museum matters.
Director Dr. Betsy M. Bryan, Alexander Badawy Chair of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Dr. Bryan specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C. Dr. Bryan’s research interests include the organization and techniques of art production as well as the religious and cultural significance of tomb and temple decoration. As part of this research she has studied the unfinished elite painted tomb of the royal butler Suemniwet, ca. 1420 B.C. and is publishing it as a study in painting and its social meaning in the mid-18th Dynasty. Her current fieldwork is in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak which she divides with the Brooklyn Museum’s expedition. Dr. Bryan’s research focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru. Retrieval and restoration of the decoration and architecture of the Hatshepsut and Thutmose III-era shrine is her present field project and is enlarged by study of the rituals represented by the early remains.
Sanchita Balachandran is the Curator/Conservator of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Since 2010, she has coordinated the reinstallation of the museum, expanded the teaching and public outreach mission of the museum through courses and public programs, and conducted conservation and technical research on numerous objects in the museum collection. She teaches courses related to the identification and analysis of ancient manufacturing techniques of objects, as well as the history, ethics and practice of museum conservation and curation. An upcoming course (Spring 2015) will involve recreating ancient Greek pottery based on examples in the museum’s collection. Recent courses include Egyptian Funerary Arts in the Archaeological Museum; Examining Archaeological Objects; Global Perspectives on the Museum; Critical Issues in Art Conservation; and Introduction to Museum Practice. Balachandran’s research interests include the history of museum collections and their conservation. Her current project looks at the history of metals conservation in India, and examining the technical, political and social dimensions of conservation science in colonial India. She completed her graduate work in art history and art conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Faculty Advisory Board
The museum is advised by a Faculty Advisory Board. Our Board includes:
- Lisa DeLeonardis, Austen-Stokes Term Professor, Department of the History of Art
- Marian Feldman, Professor of History of Art and Near Eastern Studies
- Elizabeth Rodini, Director, Program in Museums and Society, and Teaching Professor, Department of the History of Art
- Matthew Roller, Professor, Department of Classics
- Glenn M. Schwartz, Whiting Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Undergraduate Archaeology Major
- H. Alan Shapiro, W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology, Department of Classics
- Pier Luigi Tucci, Assistant Professor of Roman Art, History of Art Department
Departments which have historically worked with the archaeological collection, and continue to teach with our objects include Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and History of Art, the Museums and Society Program, and now the Undergraduate Major in Archaeology. Recently, courses in the department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Expository Writing included work on museum artifacts. A full listing of courses taught at the museum is available here.