Dr. Meira Gold
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022)
Department of Humanities, York University
Dr. Gold is a historian of science specializing in nineteenth-century British Egyptology. Her work examines the emergence of colonial archaeological fieldwork in late Ottoman-Egypt through the lens of disciplinary specialization and popularization in Britain. She received her Hons. BA and MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto and her PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to York, she was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. Her article “Ancient Egypt and the Geological Antiquity of Man, 1847-1863” published in History of Science (2019), received the 2020 Alexander Prize from the Royal Historical Society. She is also the recipient of the 2020 Nathan Reingold Prize from the History of Science Society for her paper “Shit Archaeology: Ancient Fertilizer and the Manufacture of British Egyptology, 1878-1914.” As a SSHRC fellow, Dr. Gold is completing her monograph Archaeology from Ruins: Victorian Egyptology and the Making of a Colonial Field Science, which provides a new account of the origins of “scientific” archaeological fieldwork in Egypt.