Areas of Expertise
- Egyptian Art and Archaeology
- Napatan and Meroitic societies
- Nubian Art and Archeology
- BA, Anthropology, OSU
- MA, Art History, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis
- MA, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
- PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
The NELC Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Schellinger to the Department as a Visiting Scholar for the 2019-2022 academic years. She specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia. She earned her PhD (2017) in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto, an MA (2008) in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto, an MA (2007) in art history from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis, and a BA (2005) in anthropology from The Ohio State University.
She most recently served as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the San Antonio Museum of Art (2016-2018) after holding a Terrace Research Associate position in Egyptian Art (2012) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and internships at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario) and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh, PA). While at the San Antonio Museum of Art, she curated the exhibition Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion (2018) which highlighted the Museum’s collection of animal mummies and votive objects.
Dr. Schellinger’s primary research concentrates on how architecture, such as Napatan (ca. 800 – 300 BCE) and Meroitic (ca. 300 BCE – 350 CE) palaces and forts, influenced the social, political, and economic structure of society. To further this research, she is co-director of a site in the Third Cataract region of Sudan. This site has the potential to shed light on how the Kerma (ca. 2500 – 1500 BCE) foundations of domestic architecture, along with contact between Nubia and Egypt, may have influenced later constructions. Her publications include an essay on the Victory Stela of Piye, articles on the architecture of Nubian palaces and forts, and reports on the animal mummies at the San Antonio Museum of Art.