About Kathleen Sheppard


  • University of Oklahoma, Doctor of Philosophy, 2010

Kathleen Sheppard

Prof, asoc
History & Political Science
119 H-SS

573-341-4815 | sheppardka@mst.edu


  • University of Oklahoma, Doctor of Philosophy, 2010


I am a historian of science who focuses on women in the sciences in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I focus specifically on American and British Egyptology. My work includes scientific biography and correspondence, through which I ask questions about spaces in which knowledge is created by people in a particular social, political, and cultural context.


Expertise areas

History of Science, Egyptology, Women in the Sciences, STS

Current research projects

Selected Projects
  • Communities and Knowledge Production in Archaeology Jointly edited volume with Julia Roberts, Ulf Hansson, and
    Jonathan Trigg. Forthcoming from Manchester University Press.

Research interests

Geography of Knowledge, Gender in Science, Feminist Theory, American Egyptology, British Egyptology


Selected Peer-Reviewed Books
  • The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2013). A scientific biography of Margaret Alice Murray, the first
    university-trained woman Egyptologist in Britain.
  • My dear Miss Ransom: Letters between Caroline Ransom Williams and James Henry Breasted, 1898- 1935. (Oxford, UK: Archaeopress, 2018). Edited volume of correspondence between Caroline Ransom
    Williams and James Breasted.
Selected Articles

Awards and recognition


Selected Awards
  • 2019 Woman of the Year, Missouri S&T
  • 2018 Experiential Learning Award, Missouri S&T
  • 2017 Women’s Inspirational Award, Missouri S&T
  • 2016 Faculty Teaching Award, Missouri S&T