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Assistant Professor
308 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3732
19th Century European Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Assistant Professor
309 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-1322
Classical Archaeology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
404 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3784
Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1981
372 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-0352
Early Christian, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art
Ph.D., Courtald Institute of Art, University of London, 1989
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
403 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3789
History of Modern Architecture
Ph.D., Yale University, 1987
Associate Professor
307 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3774
American Art
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2001
Associate Professor
223 East Pyne
(609) 258-7258
20th Century Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art & Archaeology
314 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3790
20th Century Art
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1990
Assistant Professor
315 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-5319
Northern Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology
313 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3760
European Art and Architecture 1500-1800 in its Global Context; World Art History; Geography and Historiography of Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977; Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, Technische Universität Dresden, 2010; Doctor Historiae Artium Honoris Causa, Masaryk University, Brno, 2013
401 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-9098
Roman Art and Architecture; Hellenistic Art; Renaissance Antiquarianism
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1991
David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art
310 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-0914
History of Photography and Modern Art
Ph.D., Yale University, 1980
Associate Professor
305 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-7456
African and African Diaspora Art
Ph.D., Emory University, 2004
P. Y. & Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History
406 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-6249
Chinese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974
Assistant Professor
306 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3771
Contemporary Art and Criticism
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
316 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-9338
Japanese Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994
Lecturer with Rank of Professor
Institute for Advanced Study
(609) 734-8000
Twentieth-century European and American Art
Director of the Art Museum
142 Art Museum
(609) 258-2870
18th-Century European Art
PhD, Oxford University, 1992
Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
304 McCormick Hall
European Art 1500-1800
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Art and Archaeology
204 Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8858
Classic Maya Art and Society
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007
Peter Jay Sharp, *52, Curator and Lecturer
251 Art Museum
(609) 258-8805
Art of the Ancient Americas
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2006
Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
205A Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8860
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012
311 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3797
Italian Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
312 McCormick Hall
Medieval and/or Renaissance-Baroque Architecture
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
Associate Professional Specialist
302 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-1423
Eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1994
Research Staff
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3798
Renaissance Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1983
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3794
History of Photography and Modern Art
372 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3778
Classical Art & Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971
(609) 258-3782
Early Christian/Byzantine Architecture and Monumental Decoration
Ph.D., New York University, 1971
(609) 258-3782
Chinese Art
Ph.D., Princeton, 1958
(609) 258-3782
20th-Century Art
(609) 258-3782
Northern Renaissance Art
Roman Art
Ph.D., Göttingen University, 1986
Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art & Archaeology
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3799
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3769
Classical Archaeology
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1966
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology
Japanese Art
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1974
Christopher B. Sarofim '86 Professor of American Art, Emeritus
205 McCormick Hall
(609) 258-3785
American Art
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1965

Kate Liszka
Kate Liszka
Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
205A Scheide Caldwell House
(609) 258-8860
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2012


Kate Liszka is an Egyptologist and archaeologist who specializes in the study of identity and ethnicity in antiquity, and the interactions between ancient Egypt and Nubia. Specifically, she studies a dynamic group of people from Egypt and Sudan, whom the ancient Egyptians referred to as the Medjay. In some sources, the Medjay appear to be a group of Nubian pastoral nomads, many of whom worked as itinerant laborers in Egypt, while in others the word “Medjay” refers to an elite group of Egyptian desert policemen. Liszka has studied how this change from ethnicity to occupation may have occurred over time. The results of her research will be published in Brill’s series Probleme der Ägyptologie. Additionally, she studies the Pangrave archaeological culture, an archaeologically documented group of Nubians who are attested in Egypt as mercenaries during a time of war.

Liszka regularly presents at national and international conferences, and she has given numerous lectures for local chapters of the American Research Center in Egypt and the Archaeological Institute of America. She works on several archaeological excavations in Egypt, and is Princeton University’s representative for the American Research Center in Egypt.

At Princeton, Liszka is a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is a faculty fellow at Mathey College. She co-organized a workshop on archaeology and pedagogy for the Center for Hellenic Studies. She is the faculty mentor for the Edward’s Collective at Mathey College. Last year, she received a grant from the Council of the Humanities’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project for work in Egypt. In summer 2013, she received the Mellon Faculty Award from the Princeton University Art Museum to support her study of the scarab-amulets in the museum’s collections and incorporate them into her class “Ancient Egyptian Archaeology.”

Teaching Interests

Liszka teaches a wide range of courses on ancient Egypt and Nubia, including ancient Egyptian art, ancient Egyptian archaeology, Egypt and Nubia, etc. Additionally, she teaches courses on identity and ethnicity in antiquity. This includes a course entitled, “Understanding the ‘Barbarians’,” which looks at how archaeologists, art historians, and historians have understood the peoples on the periphery of the ancient world.

Current Research

Liszka is currently revising her dissertation on the Medjay and the Pangrave as a monograph for Brill’s series Probleme der Ägyptologie. Additionally, she is jointly editing for publication texts from the British Museum that furnish important evidence about the administration of Nubia during the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (ca. 1800–1650 BCE). With the help of students from her class “Ancient Egyptian Archaeology” and the support of the Mellon Fund, she has initiated a study of over 100 scarab-amulets in the collection of the Princeton University Art Museum.

Selected Publications

From Pastoral Nomads to Policemen: The Evolution and Role of the Medjay in Ancient Egypt and Nubia, c. 2300 to 1250 BCE, Probleme der Ägyptologie (Brill, forthcoming)

“‘We have come from the Well of Ibhet’: Ethnogenesis of the Medjay,” Journal of Egyptian History 4:2 (2011)

“‘Medjay’ (no. 188) in the Onomasticon of Amenemope,” in Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman, ed. Zahi Hawass and Jennifer Houser Wegner (Conseil Suprême des Antiquités de l’Égypte, 2010)

“Water Basins in Middle Kingdom Planned Settlements,” in Current Research in Egyptology 2008: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium, University of Manchester, ed. Vicky Gashe and Jacky Finch (Rutherford Press, 2008)

“Tracing Stylistic Changes within ‘Coronation Scenes,’” in Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, ed. Jean Claude Goyon and Christine Cardin (Peeters, 2007).