Dr. Julia D. Troche


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Julia Troche is currently the director of undergraduate studies and teaches in the Department of History at Missouri State University. She specializes in courses on ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, archaeology and ancient history, world history, and sometimes Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs. She co-founded both the American Research Center in Egypt, Missouri Chapter (where she serves as vice president) and the annual Missouri Egyptological Symposium.

Her first book, published with Cornell University Press in 2021, is titled "Death, Power and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms" and explores the social, religious and political ramifications of the deification of certain special dead. Her research also explores material culture (e.g. funerary cones and epigraphic graffiti studies), education in ancient Egypt, contemporary pedagogies of teaching ancient history and Egyptomania—the obsession and appropriation of ancient Egypt throughout history.



  • PhD, Egyptology & Assyriology, 2015, Brown University
  • BA, History, 2008, University of California - Los Angeles


  • HST 103: World History to Circa 1600 C.E.
  • HST 541/641: The Ancient Near East to 1200 B.C.E.

Professional experience


  • Vice President, American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), Missouri Chapter
  • Member of ARCE National
  • Member of ARCE’s Development Committee (2019-present)
  • Member of American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR)
  • Member of ASOR, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce (2020-2021)
  • Member, State of the Field of Egyptology Project
  • Member, Archaeological Institute of America

Research and professional interests

Dr. Troche is an Egyptologist. Her primary areas of interest include ancient Egyptian social history and religion, but she also conducts research on the histories of the ancient Near East and the Classical world. She has worked as an excavator, field surveyor and epigrapher at Abydos and Luxor in Egypt, and at Petra, Jordan. Before coming to Missouri State, Dr. Troche taught undergraduate and graduate courses on ancient Egyptian art, history, religion and hieroglyphs at her alma mater, UCLA.

Additionally, Dr. Troche has helped develop education outreach materials and programming: she co-curated the exhibition Uncovering Ancient Egypt: Ancient Crafts, Modern Technologies in 2014, worked with PublicVR to help build an exemplar of a virtual ancient Egyptian temple, and continues to write articles for the young adult history and archaeology magazines Calliope and Dig.

Selected publications:

  • Death, Power, and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021). 
  • “Ancient African Education: Egypt and Nubia” in The Palgrave Handbook of African Education and Indigenous Knowledge. Edited by Jamaine Abidogun and Toyin Falola,35-56. New York: Palgrave, 2020.
  • "The Living Dead at Deir el-Medina." In Outside the Box. Ægyptiaca Leodiensia 11. Edited by A. Dorn and S. Polis, 465-475. Liège: Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2018.

Awards and honors

  • Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) Teaching Award for Excellence in Inclusive Teaching Practices, Missouri State University, 2021 
  • FCTL Curriculum Innovation Grant for High Impact Teaching in Ancient History, Missouri State University, 2020
  • 2020’s Womxn of Distinction Award, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Outreach Grant for Unwrapping Ancient Egypt: Missouri Egyptological Symposium & Educators’ Workshop, Archaeological Institute of America, 2019
  • Diversity Scholar, Missouri State University, 2017-18 

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

History Africa Middle East