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For more information, contact the E-Board:


Leah Packard Grams
Founder and President 2019-2020, Interim President 2020-2021
University of California Berkeley, PhD Student in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology 
Bryn Mawr College A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Classical Languages, ’20

Ella McCafferty Wright
Founder, Co-President 2018-2019
University of Cambridge PhD Student in Egyptology, 2022-present
University of Cambridge MPhil in Egyptology . ’20
Bryn Mawr College A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, ’19

Ella McCafferty Wright is an Egyptology student with interests in the Amarna period, and Egyptian trade. Ella recently completed degree requirements for her MPhil in Egyptology at the University of Cambridge. While at Bryn Mawr, she co-directed and coordinated Bryn Mawr’s first Egyptology symposium and co-designed an exhibit focusing on Egyptology at Bryn Mawr. In 2013, Ella was the recipient of a NSLI-Y scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Since then, she has studied Egyptology abroad at the American University in Cairo, has participated in excavations, and has traveled extensively to archaeological sites and museums in Egypt, Italy, and Morocco. Her recent projects include the role of temples in Egyptian policies of imperialism in Nubia during the Amarna Period, Mediterranean trade networks in Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, and the role of royal women in the Amarna Revolution.

Clara McCafferty Wright
Co-Founder, Co-President 2018-2019
Cornell University PhD Student in Classical Art and Archaeology, 2022-present
University of Cambridge MPhil in Egyptology, ’22
Bryn Mawr College A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology & Classical Cultures and Societies, ’19

Clara McCafferty Wright is a doctoral student in Classical Archaeology and Art at Cornell University, and Co-Director of the American Research Center in Egypt Missouri Chapter. She recently completed an MPhil degree in Egyptology at the University of Cambridge with a dissertation entitled, “Reconsidering Cleopatra VII: The Lost Narrative of Egypt’s Last Queen.” Prior to her MPhil work, she was a Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellow and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she double majored in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology & Classical Cultures and Societies with a research focus in Ptolemaic Egypt. During her undergraduate degree, she studied in the Egyptology programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the American University in Cairo and authored a thesis on Cleopatra VII’s political influence on the Isis cult in Italy. In addition, she co-founded the Bryn Mawr College Egyptology Association and established The Bryn Mawr College Magic Lantern Slide Digitization Project. Clara is passionate about diversifying our understanding of the ancient world to one which includes the narratives of disenfranchised members of societies, including women, enslaved people, and the working class. She has a strong interest in using the study of the past to empower people today by making information on the ancient world accessible to rural and underprivileged communities.