Lecturer of Ancient History
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 2010
Jean Li received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies, specializing in Egyptian Art and Archaeology, from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, "Elite Theban Women of the Eighth-Sixth Centuries BCE in Egypt: Identity, Status and Mortuary Practice," encompasses a number of research interests, including examinations of the roles and status of women in ancient Egypt; identity construction in the ancient world; materiality, memory research and landscape archaeology; gender and status creation. I am especially interested in the using current anthropological and archaeological theories in the study of ancient cultural products. In addition, she has an enduring interest in the role museums play in bridging the gap 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 elementary curriculum development, the Oakland Unified School District in educating teachers on teaching ancient Egypt, and most recently, she participated in the University of California, Berkeley's History-Social Science Project's Summer Institute, "Ancient Civilization for the Sixth Grade Curriculum."
Jean Li teaches Western Civilization From the World Perspective I as well as Introduction to Ancient Egypt. In Spring 2012, she will be offering a course on Egypt in the First Millennium BCE, which will largely focus on Egyptian interactions with the Eastern Mediterranean, Nubia, and Ancient Near East during the last thousand years of Pharaonic history. Meanwhile she is conducting additional research for the revision and expansion of her dissertation into an as-yet-untitled book manuscript.