Maria is the Assistant Director for Programs at the Office of International Students and Scholars at Yale. She earned her M.Phil. in Egyptology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2013), and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the same field (exp. 2017). Additionally, she holds an M.A. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she has participated in a number of archaeological excavations in Egypt (Penn State and Yale expeditions in 2004, 2011 and 2012), and has been a graduate intern in Egyptian Art at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum (2006), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007) and the Brooklyn Museum (2013) among other Art institutions.
Maria’s interests include ancient history, art history, current politics, international education, student support services, and intercultural communication. She has a passion for traveling, cross-cultural interactions, and food adventures. Additionally, she has a keen interest in reading, book acquisition, running and language-learning.