Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology


Brief Biography

Lisa Sabbahy has taught Egyptology at AUC since 2001. Prior to joining AUC, Sabbahy taught at the Cairo Center of the University of Maryland and the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Egyptian archaeology. Her dissertation was titled "The Titulary and Iconography of the Ancient Egyptian Queen from the Early Dynastic Period to the Beginning of the New Kingdom." For the past five years, Dr. Sabbahy has served as director of the MA program in Egyptology and Coptology. She served on the Faculty Senate from 2013-2015, and participated as part of the Executive Committee of the Senate during the year 2014-2015. During the Spring 2015 and Spring 2017 semesters, she also served on the Strategic Initiatives Task Force.

Sabbahy’s areas of special interest include queens of the Old and Middle Kingdom, disease in ancient Egypt, anthropoid clay coffins, position and status of ancient Egyptian women, chariot use in the New Kingdom and griffins in ancient Egyptian art. Her most recent publications include Annotated Bibliography of the Paleopathology of the Ancient Egyptians 1995-2016, AUC Press eBook, 2nd edition, in press for 2017; “The Middle Bronze Age Egyptian Griffin: Whence and Wither?”; Proceedings from the Company of Images Conference, in press for 2017; “The King Sitting Backward in his Chariot: A Ramesside Icon of Victory”, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 2016; “The Archaeological Context of Jéquier’s Cimetière Araméen at Saqqara”, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, 2015; “A Decade of Advances in the Paleopathology of the Ancient Egyptians”, Egyptian Bioarchaeology: humans, animals and the environment, 2014.

At AUC, Sabbahy has taught a wide variety of Egyptology courses, but has most regularly taught the following courses: History of the Predynastic to the Middle Kingdom; Art and Architecture of the New Kingdom; History of the New Kingdom and Later; Archaeological and Historical Method and Theory;  Material Culture;  and Research Design and Writing.