Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

Rebecca Wang

Rebecca Wang
Assistant Teaching Professor
Pronouns: She/Her


I specialize in the diplomatic history of Egypt during the New Kingdom period (1550 - 1069 BCE) and work closely with both Egyptian evidence and cuneiform sources like the Amarna Letters and diplomatic documents from Hattuša. My research investigates the diplomatic interactions of New Kingdom Egypt with its Ancient Near Eastern counterparts from the perspective of intercultural communication. My dissertation employs communication theories to analyze all three modes of diplomatic interactions: verbal and nonverbal communication, diplomatic gift exchange, and diplomatic marriage, between the Egyptian kings and other Near Eastern rulers. It examines how an individual’s communication behaviors were influenced by their cultures (e.g., scribal culture, epistolary tradition, and religious beliefs), social and political roles, expectations, and goals, among other factors. My other research interests include ancient Egyptian imperialism, political performances and ceremonies, Ancient Near Eastern interconnectedness, and variations in epistolary conventions across cultures. In addition to research, I also enjoy designing and teaching courses employing creative pedagogy. At Penn State, I teach courses that introduce students to the general history of Egypt, and Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian mythology. I am constantly exploring thoughtful and creative ways to incorporate digital tools into pedagogical practices to enhance my students’ learning experience. Before coming to Penn State, I taught language and history courses at the University of Chicago and courses through the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures’ Continuing Education Program.

Education Details:

Ph.D. in Egyptology, The University of Chicago (2023)
M.Phil. in Egyptology, University of Cambridge (2014)
B.A. in History, The Chinese University of Hongkong (2012)