Lingxin Zhang specializes in ancient Egyptian languages and cultures during the Graeco-Roman period (3rd century BCE – 4th century CE). Her research uses written records and material cultures to reconstruct the early scientific, divinatory, and medical practices in ancient Egypt. She is particularly interested in approaching these data through the lens of critical gender theories and post-colonialist studies.
For her dissertation and forthcoming book, she collaborated closely with the Carlsberg Papyri Collection at the University of Copenhagen and G. Vitelli Papyrological Institute to offer a critical textual edition as well as analytical discussions for two women’s astrological manuals from Roman Egypt. Besides her philological background, Lingxin participated in the archaeological excavations at the Precinct of Mut (2017-2019) and the Precinct of Montu at Karnak (2020).
Since 2017, Lingxin has taught language and content courses about ancient Egyptian civilization to university students and the general public. In 2020-2021, Lingxin partnered with the Open Course program (Blast Course) of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute to promote public engagement in ancient studies. Her primary responsibility at Yale includes instructing different stages of ancient Egyptian language, such as Middle Egyptian, Demotic, etc.