François Gaudard is an Egyptologist and the Associate Editor of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, specializing in the various stages of the ancient Egyptian language, in particular Demotic and Coptic. He has also worked as an epigrapher for the Epigraphic Survey, based at Chicago House, the field headquarters of the Oriental Institute in Luxor. Gaudard is one of the editors and translators of the Codex Tchacos, which includes the Gospel of Judas. He has taught Egyptology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is currently preparing an edition of an ancient Egyptian drama and of other related texts for publication. He received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Egyptology, Coptology) from the University of Chicago, graduating with honors. In addition, he holds a Licence ès Lettres (Egyptology, Ancient Greek, Coptology) from the University of Geneva (Département des Sciences de l'Antiquité), where he also studied papyrology and Sanskrit.