AIA Lecturer: Eugene Cruz-Uribe
Eugene Cruz-Uribe was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and received his BA, MA and PhD in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. His dissertation was a study of Demotic legal contracts from the Saite and Persian periods in Egypt. He worked as a lecturer at the Field Museum in Chicago and as a curator at the Seattle Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit during the later 1970s. He was an Assistant Professor in the Egyptology Department at Brown University before he went to Northern Arizona University where he held a number of administrative and teaching positions and is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at NAU. He also taught Global History at California State University - Monterey Bay. Currently he is Professor of History at Indiana University East. He is the author of 6 books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture with an emphasis on the Demotic stage of the ancient Egyptian language and the history and religion of the Late Period in Egypt. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working mainly in Kharga Oasis in the western desert, but throughout the Nile Valley including a three year project to record graffiti in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His most recent field work project is the recording of unpublished Demotic graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island (Aswan).
For the last fifteen years he has been recording and translating ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2007 to continue his studies in Egypt. In July 2008 he became the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the US.
He currently resides in Richmond, Indiana, where his wife Kathy is Chancellor at Indiana University East.