Chief Curator and Deputy Director
Oriental Institute Museum
Jean M. Evans is currently Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. Before that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University from 2013 to 2016. She has been a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute since 2008. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Getty Foundation, the American Academic Research Institute of Iraq, the Warburg Institute, the German Archaeological Institute, and other institutions. Jean was a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1999-2008 and was ultimately a co-organizer of the exhibition Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium BC and co-editor of its corresponding publication. She is also the author of The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture: An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She also assisted in completing the final publication of the Inanna Temple excavations at Nippur. Jean received her PhD in Art History and Archaeology from New York University in 2005.