Iman Nagy


Iman Nagy received her BA and MA in Near Eastern languages and cultures simultaneously while attending UCLA. Her areas of study included Egyptology, northeast African archaeology, and religious traditions of the ancient Near East and surrounding areas. She participated in excavations in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia examining the archaeology of ancient Aksum. She has also undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in northeast Africa and Egyptian Nubia, living amongst Indigenous peoples while studying their oral traditions and cultural practices, which she intends to include in her future archaeological research. She has advocated for the practice of inclusion of Indigenous voices in archaeology, and along with a colleague initiated a series of community conversations between faculty, staff, and students to address various issues within the field of cultural heritage. Iman has conducted research projects examining the relationship between movement and landscapes, and hopes to uncover a method of analysis that merges Indigenous worldviews with Western scientific analysis. Her interests and experience cover a broad range of topics, including field archaeology, anthropology, philology, art historical analysis, non-Western epistemes, decolonizing theory, and religio-spiritual studies.