Ella Karev

Ella Karev
Advisor(s): Brian Muhs
Research Interests: Persian Egypt, ancient slavery, bound labor, property ownership, administration

Academic Bio

Ella Karev is a PhD student in Egyptology. Her research focuses on slavery, serfdom, forced labor, and servitude from the Saite to the Persian period in Egypt, with a focus on the consolidation of Aramaic and Demotic sources and the patterns of continuity and change from earlier periods. 

Ella holds a BA in Classics and Archaeology (summa cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, where she focused on Greek philology. While at Tel Aviv, Ella received scholarships and recognitions for Greek language study and Egyptology, and participated in excavations at Megiddo and Ein Ziq.

At the University of Chicago, Ella has taught Middle Egyptian grammar and texts, Hieratic, thematic courses, and academic writing. In 2019, she organized the 34th Annual Middle Eastern History and Theory conference. Ella is currently the 2019–2020 fellow at the Chicago Center for Teaching and a Greek papyrology fellow in the Special Collections of the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago.