Faculty & Staff

Education: AB Bryn Mawr College; MA and PhD University of Toronto

Dr. Orel teaches ancient and non-western Art History as well as courses in Museum Studies. She got her M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Toronto. Her A.B. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology is from Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Orel is the former Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and remains a member of that organization.  She is also a member of the College Art Association, the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives, the Egypt Exploration Society, and the American Research Center in Egypt.

She has participated in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes/Workshops at the East West Center/University of Hawai'i and at the University of Notre Dame, a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (Malaysia and Indonesia) through the University of Hawai'i and the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center. and a Freeman Foundation Japan Studies Association institute at Tokai University/Hawai'i.

Dr. Orel received the Distinguished Research Service Award (2001) and the Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence (2008).  Her research specialty is ancient Egyptian pottery and she curated an exhibit of ancient Egyptian ceramics from the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) in the Truman State University Art Gallery in 2010 as well as shows of Chinese export porcelain of the Qing Dynasty (2012) and Indochinese textiles (2003).  Her current research is preparing the publication of archaeological fieldwork at Gebel el-Haridi in Egypt.  Her most recent publication is the co-edited volume How to Get Started in Arts and Humanities Research with Undergraduates (CUR, 2014).