I am Professor of Egyptology at Swansea University. I earned my Magister Artium (M.A.) in Egyptology and Classical Archaeology at Trier University (Germany) and subsequently completed a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) research degree in Egyptology at Oxford University before returning to Trier University, first with a Lectureship, then with an Assistant Professorship (Hochschulassistentin) in Egyptology. At Trier University, I completed the Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) and the Habilitation (Dr. habil.) before moving to Swansea in autumn 2006. I was previously an Alexander von Humboldt-research scholar at Oxford University (2002) and a visiting professor at Ain Shams University, Cairo (2005). I served on the Board of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society for three years from December 2010 and am now a member of their Fieldwork and Research Committee. At Swansea University I serve as the Director of the Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities.