Current Faculty and Staff
The museum is overseen by the Director, Dr. Betsy Bryan, and staffed by Curator/Conservator Sanchita Balachandran, and Curatorial Assistant Natasha Jones. 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 Museum and Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Recent courses taught include Critical Issues in Art Conservation (Fall 2011); Introduction to Museum Practice (Spring 2011); and Objects in Focus: Materials, Techniques, History (Spring 2009). She will be teaching the course “Examining Archaeological Objects” in Spring 2012. Balachandran’s current research interest is in 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.
Natasha Jones, the museum’s Curatorial Assistant and Collections Manager works closely with the curator, faculty, and both undergraduate and graduate work/study staff to increase the accessibility of the museum’s collection. She also works closely with the Curator/Conservator on cataloging the museum’s material and caring for the objects in the collection.
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
- 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
- Herica Valladares, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics
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, a course in the department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Expository Writing included work on museum artifacts.