When Women Ruled the World with Kara Cooney


March 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm
June Swaner Gates Hall

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Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She has participated in digs with the Metropolitan Museum of New York at the Royal Pyramid complex of Senwosret III and the Theban Necropolis with Johns Hopkins University. She appeared as a lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen, and is a recurring team member of the History Channel’s Digging for the Truth. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Ride to Power in Ancient Egypt was published in 2014, and she also wrote When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, which was published by National Geographic in 2018, which explores the reigns of six powerful ancient Egyptian queens and how they changed our perceptions of power. 

Dr. Cooney’s current research in coffin reuse, primarily focusing on the 19th and 21st Dynasties, is ongoing. Her research investigates the socioeconomic and political turmoil that have plagued the period, ultimately affecting funerary and burial practices in ancient Egypt. This project has taken her around the world over the span of five to six years to study and document nearly 300 coffins in collections, including those in Cairo, London, Paris, Berlin, and Vatican City. 

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Feature image Queen Hatshepsut receiving offerings by Fernando G. Baptista.

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This program is made possible in part by:

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