Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer received her PhD in Egyptology in 2016 from the University of Chicago. She now divides her time between teaching in the Department of Anthropology at the College at Brockport, SUNY, and acting as historian and curator for a local historical society. After studying Chemical Engineering in Lille, France, and completing a MA in Greek & Latin at the University of Vermont, Rozenn has lately centered her research on the ancient Egyptians’ relationship with their environment, most especially the avifauna encountered in the Nile Valley and surrounding deserts. Her current efforts focus on the study of bird mummies now held in museum collections in order to gain a better understanding of the various ways that birds were incorporated into the daily life of ancient Egyptians. She has worked as a consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, where she curated the exhibit Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt. Most recently, because of her volunteer activities in the Victorian village of Brockport, she has started delving into the letters and diaries written by European and American travelers of the Victorian era during their journeys through Egypt, as she wishes to gather information on sites, monuments, and landscapes that have since vanished.