Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992 – 1995
    Studied Egyptology, Semitic philology, Christian Oriental Studies and the Old Testament at the Universities of Bonn, Cologne and Tübingen, Germany

  • 1995 – 1996
    Studied abroad (German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD), Christ Church, Oxford University, UK

  • 1996
    Voluntary assistant, British Museum, London, UK

  • 1998
    Magister degree (MA), University of Bonn

  • 1999 – 2000
    Visiting &Teaching Fellow in Semitic philology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

  • 2004 – 2008
    Head of the Elephantine Project (German Research Foundation (DFG), Egyptology Department, University of Bonn

  • 2005
    PhD in Egyptology from the University of Bonn

  • 2005
    & 2008 Visiting Scholar & Faculty Associate , Oriental Institute & Christ Church/Oriel College, Oxford University, UK

  • 2006
    Postdoctoral fellow in Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

  • 2007
    Visiting professor, University of Malta

  • 2008 – 2009
    Associate with the Neue Verantwortung (New Responsibility) Foundation

  • Since 2008
    Curator of the Egyptian and Oriental Papyrus and Manuscript Collection, Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, National Museums of Berlin, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK)

  • Since 2011
    Lecturer for Egyptology, FU Berlin

  • Since 2013
    Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin

Selected publications

  • Verena M. Lepper (Ed.), Cinderella, Sindbad und Sinuhe. Arabisch-deutsche Erzähltraditionen, Berlin 2019, 360pp.

  • Verena M. Lepper (Ed.), Arab and German Tales. Transcending Cultures, Berlin 2018, 360pp.

  • Verena M. Lepper & Vanessa Lux, Migration and Transnational Cooperation in Education, Research and Innovation. An Arab-German Dialogue. AGYA Policy Report, Berlin 2017.

  • Verena Lepper (Ed.), Die ägyptische und orientalische Rubensohn-Bibliothek von Elephantine, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin 2015/2016, 1014 pp.

    German:, English:

  • Verena M. Lepper, Peter Deuflhard, Christoph Markschies (Eds.), Räume – Bilder – Kulturen, Veröffentlichung der Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, DeGruyter Verlag, Berlin 2015, 205 pp.

  • Verena M. Lepper (Ed.), Persönlichkeiten aus dem Alten Ägypten im Neuen Museum, Michael Imhof Verlag, Berlin 2014, 192 pp.

  • Enmarch, R. & Lepper, V.M. (Ed.): Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice. Proceedings of the British Academy 188, Oxford University Press 2013, 289pp.

  • Lepper, V.M. (Hg.), Forschung in der Papyrussammlung. Eine Festgabe für das Neue Museum. Ägyptische und Orientalische Papyri und Handschriften des Ägyptischen Museums und Papyrussammlung Berlin, Bd. 1, Berlin 2012, 512pp.

  • Lepper, V.M. (Ed.), Richard Parkinson /Lisa Baylis, Four 12th Dynasty Literary Papyri (Pap. Berlin P. 3022-5). A photographic Record, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 2012, 80pp.

  • Lepper, V.M. & Ingelore Hafemann (Ed.), Karl Richard Lepsius. Der Begründer der deutschen Ägyptologie, Berlin 2012, 256pp.

  • Lepper, V.M., et al.: Wegbereiter der Ägyptologie. Carl Richard Lepsius 1810?1884, Berlin 2010.

  • Lepper, V.M.: Untersuchungen zu pWestcar. Eine philologische und literaturwissenschaftliche (Neu-)Analyse, Ägyptologische Abhandlungen 70, Wiesbaden 2008.

  • Lepper, V.M., Depuydt, L. (eds.): H.J. Polotsky. Scripta Posteriora on Egyptian and Coptic, Lingua Aegyptia, Studia Monographica 7, Göttingen 2007.

  • Lepper, V.M. (ed.): "After Polotsky". New Research and Trends in Egyptian and Coptic Linguistics, Lingua Aegyptia 14, Göttingen 2006.

  • Lepper, V.M.: Das Bildnis des gelehrten Mannes. Zur Schreiberstatue und ihrer Funktion im Alten Ägypten. In: Dankesgabe für Heinrich Schützinger. Hallesche Beiträge zur Orientwissenschaft 29, 2000. pp. 91-103.

Selected projects

  • Project Leader at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities of the "Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities", 2013

  • Project Leader of teh BKM-Project: "The Rubensohn-Library of Elephantine. 4000 Years of Cultural History", 2012 – 2014

  • Deputy Speaker of the Interdisciplinary Working Group "Image Cultures" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2008 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (

  • Member of the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2006 – 2011 (Steering Committee 2011)

  • Member of the scientific advisory board for "Small Subjects", German University Rectors Conference (HRK), 2009 – 2011


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