About Us

Current Faculty and Staff

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.   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.   A recent course (Spring 2015) involved recreating ancient Greek pottery based on examples in the museum’s collection.  Other courses include Egyptian Funerary Arts in the Archaeological Museum (co-taught with Betsy Bryan); Examining Archaeological Objects; Global Perspectives on the Museum (co-taught with Elizabeth Rodini); 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.

GallagherWebKate Gallagher is the Collections Manager of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. She works closely with the curator, faculty members, and students to ensure the proper care of the museum collection while maintaining its accessibility for research and public programs. Gallagher holds an M.A. in Museum Studies and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle.  Her graduate research focused on the use of archaeological soil micromorphology for site identification at Jefferson’s Monticello, and the use of education kits in classroom archaeology education. Prior to joining the staff of the museum, she held the positions of registrar and collections manager at the Maryland Historical Society and laboratory manager and field archaeologist at a local cultural resources management firm.

Jennifer Torres is the Collections Technician of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Her primary duties include the rehousing and photography of the museum’s collection. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and Classical Studies in 2013. In 2015, she received her M.A. in Museum Studies with a concentration in Collections Management from the George Washington University. Before joining the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, she had completed internships at the Smithsonian Institution, the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, the Fairfax County Park Authority, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Jennifer’s position is generously funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The grant was awarded to the Archaeological Museum in 2014 for the specific purpose of rehousing and digitally documenting the museum’s collection.


Faculty Advisory Board

The museum is advised by a Faculty Advisory Board.  Our Board includes:

Our Links

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.

The Archaeological Museum also works with the other JHU Museums including Homewood House and Evergreen Museum and Library.

About Our Site

This website was designed by Maarten Ottens from mmott visual.  The majority of the photographs seen on our site were taken by James T. VanRenssalaer and Will Kirk of Homewood Photography.