Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the College
Brian Muhs is an Egyptologist whose research interests include the history of ancient Egyptian social, economic, and legal institutions, particularly during the transition from Pharaonic Egyptian to Persian, Ptolemaic, and Roman rule; language contact and interaction during the same periods, particularly between Demotic Egyptian and Greek; and the dispersion and reconstruction of Ancient Egyptian archives.
Muhs was a lecturer at the Papyrological Institute of Leiden University in the Netherlands and in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has published two books on taxation in Egypt at the beginning of Ptolemaic Greek rule:Receipts, Scribes, and Collectors in Early Ptolemaic Thebes andTax Receipts, Taxpayers, and Taxes in Early Ptolemaic Thebes. He is currently working on a book about the interaction among law, the economy, and society in Ancient Egypt.
Muhs received his PhD in Egyptology from the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He received his BA in Egyptian archaeology from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985.
Muhs joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.