Dr. Jean Li joined the Department of History in 2013 as an historian of the ancient Mediterranean world.
Dr. Li’s research focuses on Egyptian art and archaeology in the first millennium BCE, a dynamic era of socio-political changes when Egyptians interacted intensively with their international neighbours. She examines the roles and status of women in ancient Egypt; identity construction in the ancient world; and materiality, memory research, and landscape archaeology. Dr. Li is especially interested in using recent anthropological and archaeological theories to study ancient cultural products. She addresses these issues in a book project entitled “Elite Theban Women of the Eighth-Sixth Centuries BCE in Egypt: Identity, Status and Mortuary Practice.”
Dr. Li is particularly committed to helping museums to bridge gaps between academia, elementary and secondary education, and the general public. To that end, she has worked with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on curriculum development; the Oakland Unified School District in educating teachers on presenting ancient Egypt to their students; and the University of California, Berkeley’s History-Social Science Project’s Summer Institute, “Ancient Civilization for the Sixth-Grade Curriculum.”
She holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and comes to Ryerson after holding a teaching position at Monmouth University. She teaches popular courses on ancient Greece and Rome and ancient Egypt, and also contributes to the Arts and Contemporary Studies program.
Dr. Li’s research focuses on Egyptian art and archaeology in the first millennium BCE, a dynamic era of socio-political changes when Egyptians interacted intensively with their international neighbours.