Ellen Morris

Associate Professor

Cross-Cultural Approaches to Empire; Ancient Egyptian Social History

Ellen Morris has published extensively on subjects related to ancient Egyptian imperialism, including The Architecture of Imperialism: Military Bases and the Evolution of Foreign Policy in Egypt’s New Kingdom (Brill, 2005), Ancient Egyptian Imperialism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), and numerous articles. Her ongoing research interests and other publications, however, focus on the dynamics of political fragmentation, state formation, sexuality and sacred performance, retainer sacrifice, landscape theory, and divine kingship (most of her publications are accessible at She has excavated in the Nile Valley at Abydos, Deir el-Ballas, and Mendes, as well as at the site of Amheida in the Dakhleh Oasis. Morris earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. in Ancient Studies from Barnard College.