Heidi Saleh, Ph.D.

Portrait of Heidi Saleh
Position: 
Faculty, Art History
Office: 
Analy Hall Rm. 706
(707) 527-4578
Office Hours
MW 9:00 – 10:30 am, Rm. 706

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Heidi Saleh was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up literally in the shadows of the pyramids. She immigrated with her family to the U.S.A. and, as an undergraduate, majored in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. For graduate school, Dr. Saleh attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology through the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She has excavated for two seasons with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities at the pyramids' workmen's cemetery in Giza, Egypt. She has also participated in excavation projects with U.C. Berkeley at the site of Muqdam in the Egyptian Delta and the Middle Egyptian site of El Hibeh. Dr. Saleh served as a consultant for the Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently, she is an art history professor at Santa Rosa Junior College.

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 2006 
Egyptian Art & Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies 

M.A. University of California, Berkeley 2000 
Egyptian Art & Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies 

B.A. University of Texas at Austin 1997 
Archaeological Studies & Anthropology, Department of Anthropology

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Art Department; Santa Rosa Junior College 
Full-time faculty: Teaching World Art 1.1 (prehistoric to 1500 CE) and World Art 1.2 (1500 CE to present), Fall 2005 – present 

Department of Near Eastern Studies; University of California, Berkeley 
Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Part II- Middle Kingdom-New Kingdom) 
Graduate Student Instructor, Spring 2005 

Department of Near Eastern Studies; University of California, Berkeley 
Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Part I- Paleolithic-First Intermediate Period) 
Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2004 

Department of Near Eastern Studies; University of California, Berkeley Introduction to Egyptology 
Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2001 

College of Letters & Science; University of California, Berkeley 
Introduction to Western Civilization 
Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2002 

Classics Department; University of California, Berkeley 
Classical Mythology 
Graduate Student Instructor, Spring 2002 

History Department; University of California, Berkeley 
Egypt and the Ancient Mediterranean World (Senior Seminar) 
Graduate Student Instructor, Spring 2001 

History of Art Department; University of California, Berkeley 
Introduction to Western Art (Ancient to Medieval) 
Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 2000 

 

WORK AND CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

MUSEUM EXPERIENCE:

Egyptology Consultant, 2005 
I worked with Dr. Peter Der Manuelian on the Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Visiting Researcher, 2003-2004 
I conducted my dissertation research, with the support of a grant from the Smithsonian Institution, at 26 museums in 11 countries, including the Egyptian Museum, Cairo; Le Musée du Louvre, Paris; British Museum, London; Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin; and Museo Egizio, Turin 

Student Curator, 1999-2000 
I assisted in organizing the "Sites along the Nile: Rescuing Ancient Egypt" exhibit at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley 

Archaeological Excavations: 

El-Hibeh Excavation Project, University of California, Berkeley, 2002 
Archaeologist/ Egyptologist: excavations around a Third Intermediate Period temple in Middle Egypt under the direction of Prof. Carol Redmount 

Giza Workmen’s Cemetery Excavation Project, Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2001 and 1996 
Archaeologist/ Egyptologist: excavations at the Old Kingdom workmen’s cemetery in Giza, Egypt under the direction of Dr. Zahi Hawass 

Tell el-Muqdam Research Project, University of California, Berkeley, 1998 
Research Assistant: pottery analysis and recording season in the Egyptian Delta under the direction of Prof. Carol Redmount 

Mesopotamian Pottery Project, J.J. Pickle Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1997 
Research Assistant: pottery analysis and drawing internship with Prof. James Neely 

Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, J.J. Pickle Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1996 
Research Assistant: training in the liquid scintillation method with Dr. Sam Valastro 

Archaeological Techniques Field School at the Eckols Site, University of Texas at Austin, 1996 
Field school excavations at a Paleo-Indian Archaic site in Travis County, Texas 

Professional Involvement and Community Service

Co-Chair, District Online Committee at Santa Rosa Junior College (2011- present). 

Faculty Mentor for the SRJC Teaching Fellows Program (2012-2013). 

Cluster Tech Curriculum Review Committee (2008-2011). 

Multi-cultural Events Committee at Santa Rosa Junior College (2005-2008). 

Global and Intercultural Education Committee at Santa Rosa Junior College (2005-2008). 

Outreach Speaker, Center for Middle Eastern Studies & International and Area Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley (2002-2005). 

 

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC LECTURES:  

"Teaching Effectively a Large/Extended Lecture Course," presented a the SRJC Professional Development Day (2015). 

"Negotiating Multiple Cultural Identities," presented with Narmeen Nasseem at the SRJC Professional Development Day (2015). 

"Divine Egypt: Rituals of Life and Death from Egyptian Art at the Legion of Honor Museum," presented at Santa Rosa Junior College as part of the Arts and Lectures series (2014). 

"From the Sacred to the Profane: An Overview of Egyptian Women's Clothing," delivered as part of the Fabricating Culture Exhibit at the Santa Rosa Junior College Museum (2014). 

Guest Lecture entitled "Divine Egypt: Rituals of Life and Death," presented at the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco (2014). 

"Keynote Address," presented to the Model Arab League held at Santa Rosa Junior College (2013). 

"Women and Islam," presented at Santa Rosa Junior College as part of Women's History Month and the Arts and Lectures series (2012). 

"The Egyptian Revolution: A Retrospective," presented as a Professional Development Activity Workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College (2011). 

"Persistence, Patience, and Hope Commencement Speech," presented to the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2011). 

"Africa Speaks: A Panel Discussion of Globalization," presented at Santa Rosa Junior College as part of Black History Month Films and Lectures (2009). 

"Forgotten Paintings: Ethnicity and Gender as Shown on Ancient Egyptian Stelae," presented at Santa Rosa Junior College as part of the Arts and Lectures series (2007). 

"Honoring Remarkable Women of the Middle East," presented at Santa Rosa Junior College as part of Women's History Month (2006). 

"Towards an Archaeology of Identity: A Case-Study from 1st Millennium B.C.E. Egypt," accepted for presentation at the Society for American Archaeology's 70th Annual Meeting (2005). 

"Forgotten Libyan Period Funerary Stelae in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo," accepted for presentation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (2005). 

"Interpreting Symbols of Identity in 1st Millennium B.C.E. Egypt: An Analysis of Stelae from the Libyan Dynasties," presented at the Society for American Archaeology's 69th Annual Meeting (2004). 

"Art, Ethnicity, & Gender: A Stylistic Analysis of Libyan Period Funerary Stelae," presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (2004). 

"Expressions of Ethnic and Gender Identities in 1st Millennium B.C.E. Egypt," presented at the Seventh Annual Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (2003). 

"Exploring Expressions of Ethnic and Gender Identities under the Libyan Dynasties (ca. 1069-715 B.C.E.)," delivered at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (2003). 

"Products of an International Age: An Overview of the Relationships between Aegean and Egyptian Paintings in the Late Bronze Age," delivered at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (2000). 

"Update on the Excavations at the Giza Workmen's Cemetery," presented to the Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (2001). 

"Recent Discoveries at the Cemetery of the Pyramid Builders," presented to the Department of 
Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin (1997). 



PUBLICATIONS

Investigating Ethnic and Gender Identities as Expressed on Wooden Funerary Stelae from the Libyan Period (c. 1069-715 B.C.E.) in Egypt. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) International Series (2007). 

"Expressions of Ethnic and Gender Identities in Egypt during the Early 1st Millennium B.C.E.," in Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Meeting of Postgraduate Researchers (2003). Oxford: British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) International Series (2005). 

"Female Fertility and Pregnancy in Ancient Egypt," in Journal of the Association of Graduates in Near Eastern Studies 8 (2). Berkeley: Townsend Center for the Humanities, p. 23-31 (1999). 

"Defining the Middle East," in Students' Association for Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin. Austin: University of Texas, p. 8-10 (1996).

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS:

Multi-Country Research Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Smithsonian 2003-2004 

Jacob Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1998-2002 

Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, 2005 (declined) 

Stahl Grant, Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2004 

Summer Research Grant, Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 

Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 

Humanities Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2001 

Departmental Block Grant, Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1997-1998 and 2001 

Mellon Travel Grant, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2005 

Friends of the Library Travel Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003 

Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 

Teaching Awards: 

Outstanding Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology, SRJC, 2010 

Course Improvement Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2004 

Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2002 

 

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