National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Kara Cooney

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Kara Cooney’s research in 21st Dynasty coffin reuse focuses on the socioeconomic and political aspects of funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. Her latest monograph, Recycling for Death: Coffin Reuse in Ancient Egypt and the Royal Caches, will appear next year with the American University in Cairo Press. Specializing in social history, gender studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology television series, titled Out of Egypt, which aired in 2009 on the Discovery Channel and is available online. Her popular books include The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, and The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World. Her podcast, Afterlives of Ancient Egypt, features discussions on ancient Egyptian history and society.

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