Dr. Julia D. Troche



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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


Dr. Julia Troche (she/her) is an Egyptologist, public historian, and educator who is passionate about making history accessible across barriers. She holds a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Brown University and a B.A. in History from UCLA. Julia is currently Associate Professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She serves as a Governor for the Board of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and is President, Past Two-Term Vice President, and co-founder of ARCE-Missouri. She is co-chair (since 2024) of the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR)’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee as well as the Session Chair (2023-2025) for the Archaeology of Egypt sessions at the ASOR annual meeting. Julia’s first book, "Death, Power, and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms" was published in 2021 with Cornell University Press. She is currently working on a book about the god Ptah for Bloomsbury, a textbook (with B. Brinkman) for Routledge, and a series of articles on Egyptomania and Imhotep that she hopes to turn into a public-facing book.



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


  • HST 103: World History to Circa 1600 C.E.
  • HST 210: Writing II: Historical Inquiry
  • HST 598: Senior Seminar
  • HST 369: Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Middle East
  • HST 532/632: History of Ancient Egypt
  • HST 541/641: The Ancient Near East to 1200 BCE
  • HST 569/669: The Material Worlds of Antiquity: Archaeology and Ancient History
  • HST 710: Ancient History Research Seminar
  • HST 770: Ancient History Readings Seminar

Professional experience

Professional Appointments & Affiliations

  • 2024-2025: Program Development and Inclusive Engagement Fellow. MSU, Office for Inclusive Engagement
  • 2023-2024: Visiting Scholar (sabbatical), Brown University, Department of Egyptology and Assyriology
  • 2023-2024: Visiting Researcher (sabbatical), University of California, Berkeley, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • 2023-2026: Co-Chair, American Schools of Overseas Research (ASOR) DEI Committee + Chair, Archaeology of Egypt Sessions for Annual Meeting
  • Fall 2022: Associate Professor of History, with tenure. Department of History, Missouri State University
  • 2022-2025: Board of Governors, Membership-elected Governor. American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), International non-profit, 501(c)3, cultural institution (Cairo and DC offices) - In this capacity I sit on ARCE National's Development Committee (since 2019) and Annual Meeting Committee (since 2023). Chair of Academic Oversight Committee (2022-2023).
  • 2017-2022 Assistant Professor of History. Department of History, Missouri State University
  • 2021-2023 Director of Undergraduate Studies. Department of History, Missouri State University
  • 2023-2024 President, American Research Center in Egypt, Missouri Chapter (non-profit)
  • 2020-2023 Co-Founder and Two-Term Vice President, American Research Center in Egypt, Missouri Chapter (ARCE-MO), non-profit
  • 2016-2017 Lecturer of Egyptology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2015-2016 Instructor of History, Department of History, Missouri State University

Research and professional interests

Social history, religion, archaeology, and language of ancient Egypt and ancient Mediterranean. (book contract: "The God Ptah in Ancient Egyptian Religion and Society" with Bloomsbury)
Pedagogy & Teaching, especially ancient history (book contract, with B. Brinkman for a Routledge Textbook "Life in Antiquity")
Reception of ancient Egypt (current project: "Imhotep: the Man, the Myth, the Monster").  
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Troche, Julia. 2021. Death, Power, and Apotheosis in Ancient Egypt: The Old and Middle Kingdoms. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.  
Brinkman, Bryan and Julia Troche (eds.). 2022. Beyond Egypt: Relations and Imaginations of the Ancient Past. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 36. London: Egyptian Expedition.
Troche, Julia. 2023. “Examining the Grooves at the Ptah Temple, Karnak in Light of Comparanda” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 59 no. 1: 207-218.
Davidson, S., E. Cole, A. Austin, J. Johnson, C. McCafferrty-Wright, S. Orel, K. Sheppard, J. Silvestri, J. Thum, and Julia Troche. 2023. “Understanding Diversity in American Egyptology: Results of the 2021 Egyptology State of the Field Survey.” Interdisciplinary Egyptology.
Troche, Julia and Eve Weston. 2023. “Virtual Reality Storytelling: Pedagogy and Applications.” In Ancient Egypt, New Technology: The Present and Future of Computer Visualization, Virtual Reality and Other Digital Humanities in Egyptology. Harvard Egyptological Series 17, edited by Rita Lucarelli, Joshua A. Roberson and Steve Vinson, 572-591. Boston: Brill.

Awards and honors

  • 2024-25 Program Development and Inclusive Engagement Fellow. MSU, Office for Inclusive Engagement
  • 2023 Outstanding Bear Bridge Faculty Mentor Award
  • 2022 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Awarded by Missouri Gov. Parson and members of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, based on “effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.”
  • 2022 Missouri State University Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest university teaching award)
  • 2021 Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) Teaching Award for Excellence in Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • 2020 FCTL Curriculum Innovation Grant ($3300) for “High Impact Teaching in Ancient History”
  • 2020 “Womxn of Distinction Award” at Missouri State University.
  • 2020 Nominated for Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising. Academic Advisement Center
  • 2019 Archaeological Institute of America Outreach Grant (external award) for “Unwrapping Ancient Egypt: Missouri Egyptological Symposium & Educators’ Workshop.”

Additional resources

Area of expertise

History Africa Middle East