Peter Dorman

Affiliate Professor
Peter Dorman


Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Egyptian History and Archaeology, Coptic Texts.

Peter FitzGerald Dorman is an epigrapher, philologist, and Egyptologist. He served as a Professor of History and Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, and as the 15th President of the American University of Beirut (AUB). He spent most of his career as a professor and chair in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) of the University of Chicago, and was director of Chicago House in Luxor, the Epigraphic Survey field project of the Oriental Institute. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.

Dorman is a leader in the study of the ancient Near East and is the author and editor of several major books and many articles on the study of ancient Egypt, including:  Faces in Clay: Technique, Imagery, and Allusion in a Corpus of Ceramic Sculpture from Ancient Egypt (2002), Sacred Space and Sacred Function in Ancient Thebes (2007), Perspectives on Ptolemaic Thebes (2013),and Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut (2014).


  • Amherst College, B.A., 1970
  • University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1985