Dr. Dawn McCormack

Associate Professor | Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Dr. Dawn McCormack
615-494-8603
Room 123, Sam H. Ingram Building (ING)
MTSU Box 042, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Areas of Expertise

Ancient and Late Antique Egypt, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, GIS/Remote Sensing

Biography

My expertise is ancient Egypt, and my research has focused on 13th Dynasty kingship and royal mortuary monuments. I have also completed a remote sensing project at the Monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi Natrun and have conducted a survey of sites in the cliffs above Abydos dating from the Pharaonic through Coptic periods.

Selected Publications 

McCormack Dawn and Jennifer Westerfield. "A Desert Hermitage South of Abydos: Preliminary Work of the Abyd...

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My expertise is ancient Egypt, and my research has focused on 13th Dynasty kingship and royal mortuary monuments. I have also completed a remote sensing project at the Monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi Natrun and have conducted a survey of sites in the cliffs above Abydos dating from the Pharaonic through Coptic periods.

Selected Publications 

McCormack Dawn and Jennifer Westerfield. "A Desert Hermitage South of Abydos: Preliminary Work of the Abydos Survey for Paloelithic Sites, Historic Division," In Abydos in the First Millennium AD, edited by Elisabeth R. O"Connell, British Museum, Publications on Egypt and Sudan, Leuven: Peeters, 2020, 211-222.

Miller, Tiffany Renae, Dawn McCormack, Rebecca Cawood McIntyre, and Timothy Nelson. “Role-Playing, Self-Efficacy and the At-Risk Reading Student,” Journal of Student Success and Retention V.2 (2019), 1-26.

McCormack, Dawn and Karen K. Petersen. “Impact and Perception: Reacting to the Past at Middle Tennessee State University.” In Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past, edited by C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, 17-39.

Abd el Salam, Heba, Dawn McCormack, and Brenden Martin. “Connecting People with their Museum.” Journal of Museum Education 42.4 (2017), 385-395.

McCormack, Dawn. “The 13th Dynasty at Abydos: A Royal Tomb and its Context,” In Proceedings of the XI International Congress of Egyptologists: Florence, Italy 23-30 August 2015, edited by Cristina Guidotti and Gloria Rosati, Oxford: Archeopress Egyptology, 2017, 395-400.

McCormack, Dawn. "Reconstructing Economic and Political Problems from the Remains of Royal Tombs: Dynasty XIII of Ancient Egypt." Archaeological Review from Cambridge: Archaeology and Economic Crises 26.1 (2011), pp. 37-52. McCormack, Dawn. "The Significance of Royal Funerary Architecture in the Study of 13th Dynasty Kingship." In The Second Intermediate Period (13th-17th Dynasties), Current Research, Future Prospects, edited by M. Marée, Leuven: Peeters, 2010, 69-84, pl. 5.

McCormack, Dawn. "Establishing the Legitimacy of Kings in Dynasty XIII." Vol. 1 of Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman, edited by. Zahi Hawass and Jennifer Houser Wegner, 375-85. Cairo: Conseil Suprême des Antiquités de l'Égyptie, 2010.

Selected Awards

Grants: American Research Center in Egypt Antiquities Endowment Fund Student Training Grant, Michela Schiff Giorgini Foundation Grant, Dumbarton Oaks Research Grant

Teaching and Advising Awards: MTSU Public History Dissertation Directors’ Award, MTSU Outstanding Teaching in General Education Award, MTSU College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Advisor Award

University of Pennsylvania Kolb Society Fellow

Undergraduate Courses Taught History 1110 World Civilizations I, History 3070 Topics in World History: Middle Egyptian I and II History, 4410 Classical History, History 4560 Ancient Egypt, History/Anthropology 4860 Historical Archaeology, History 4870 Field Course in Historical Archaeology

Graduate Courses Taught History 6304 Topics in World History: Ancient Egyptian Religion and Culture in Context, History 6555/7555 Archaeology and Public History, History 6870/7870 Archaeological Fieldwork for Public Historians, Master of Arts in Liberal Arts 6030 Akhenaten's Egypt

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