Biography

I am a historian of archaeology, photography, and ancient Egyptian art. I am interested in how different people, at different times, have imagined, studied, and represented the culture we know as ‘ancient Egypt’. My current research focuses on the history of photography and how it has been used in the study of Egyptian art and archaeology. My most recent book is called Photographing Tutankhamun, in the Bloomsbury series Photography, History: History, Photography, edited by Elizabeth Edwards, Jennifer Tucker, and Patricia Hayes. I  curated an exhibition of the same name, which was at The Collection, Lincoln from November 2017 to February 2018 and at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, from June to September 2018. You can follow my research on my blog, www.photographing-tutankhamun.com.

I have also written extensively about ancient Egyptian art, religion, and material culture, including issues of cultural identity and exchange when Egypt was part of the Roman Empire. My book Unwrapping Ancient Egypt (Bloomsbury 2014) focused on the importance of textiles in Egyptian mummification and other religious rituals – and offered a critique of how Egyptology has conducted mummy unwrappings from the 18th century to the present day. This book was first runner-up in the 2015 BKFS prize for books in Middle Eastern Studies; it was also long-listed for the Textile Society of America's R. L. Shep Ethnic Textiles award.

For further information, and access to some of my published academic work and journalism, see my page on academia.edu (external link).

Career

I have been based at UEA since 2007. During this time, my research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust. I have held fellowships at All Souls College and The Queen's College, Oxford, and I was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London in 2008.

Earlier in my career, I was the curator of the Egyptian collection at the Manchester Museum - one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the UK. I also worked with Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and at the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge.

Academic Background

B.A. Archaeology; Brown University 1993

M.A. Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology and Art; University of California-Berkeley 1995

DPhil. Oriental Studies (Egyptology); Oxford University 2001

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