An Egyptologist and Digital Humanist, Sarah Ketchley brings life to stories of the past which are hidden in the archives. She is particularly interested in the role lesser-known figures played in early Egyptian archaeology during the so-called ‘Golden Age’ at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Emma B. Andrews is a case in point: she bore witness to the discovery of over twenty tombs in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, recording her keen-eyed observations of turn-of-the-century archaeology, culture and society in her journals. Her writing is an invaluable yet underutilized resource for historians of the period.
Ketchley has a Ph.D. in Egyptian Art History from the University of Birmingham, U.K. She is now a faculty member in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Washington and teaches in the Humanities and Philosophy Department at the University of Maryland Global Campus. She also works for Gale, a Cengage Company as their resident Senior Digital Humanities Specialist. Her research and pedagogy focus on using digital tools to analyze and visualize humanities data, using archival material related to Near Eastern travel and archaeology as the basis for her work.