Nicole B. Hansen, Egyptologist/Editor

       Nicole's fascination with ancient Egypt was spurred by a history class assignment in junior high school for which the students were to produce ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls, and while her classmates were content to write theirs in English, Nicole submitted hers in hieroglyphs! This early interest led her to pursue a B.A. in Egyptology at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in the same field at the University of Chicago. She is currently completing her Ph.D. from the latter institution, with a dissertation on childbirth-related beliefs and practices in Egypt from ancient to modern times.

Nicole specializes in the study of connections between ancient and modern Egyptian culture, particularly in the fields of medicine, magic and natural history. For Nicole, Egypt is not simply a culture of the past, it is a living and vibrant one, and she finds that her research often has close links with her life in Egypt. This is especially true because her husband is a physician from a village on the Theban West Bank not far from the ancient monuments.

Nicole also has a strong interest in the use of the Internet to present Egyptology to non-specialists. She worked on a project to digitize historically important Egyptology publications at the University of Chicago library and taught an online course on Egyptian folklore for the Oriental Institute. She also is developing her own website offering online courses in hieroglyphs to the general public, and hopes to offer other Egyptology courses in the future.

Nicole joined the Theban Mapping Project in September 2001 as the editor of the new website. She has really enjoyed the experience: "Working for the Theban Mapping Project is exciting because of the wealth of technological and human resources we have at our disposal. Everyone on the team has special talents that contribute to the project as a whole. This combined with their enthusiasm makes this a invigorating place to work."
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