Dr. Barbara Richter is a Lecturer in Egyptology in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught the various stages and scripts of the ancient Egyptian language since 2008.
She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Near Eastern Studies (Egyptology) from the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds an A.B. degree in Music (with the equivalent of a minor in German) from Stanford University.
Her book, The Theology of Hathor of Dendera: Aural and Visual Scribal Techniques in the Per-wer Sanctuary, reflects her interest in stylistic devices (including word-plays and sign-plays) and their use in Egyptian texts, as well as the interplay between texts, reliefs, and architecture in Egyptian monuments
Richter's current research project is the translation and stylistic analysis of a Ptolemaic child's coffin in the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, where she helped re-house the Egyptian metals collection. She is also a contributing researcher for the Script Encoding Initiative of UC Berkeley's Linguistics Department, which is encoding the extended sign list of Egyptian hieroglyphs into Unicode. For her CV (January 2020), click here.
This website includes information about Dr. Richter's courses at UC Berkeley, as well as her publications and lectures. Coming soon is a FAQ for anyone wishing to study Egyptology at UC Berkeley (as an undergraduate, graduate, or member of the general public).