Professor of Egyptology, Oriental Institute, Oxford University, UK.
His research ranges over several areas in Egyptology, in part because much of it is stimulated by teaching on diverse subjects. I often participate in interdisciplinary symposia and publications. His principal areas of interest are Egyptian art, literature, religion, self-presentation, the position of writing in Egyptian society, and modelling social forms. In working on these themes, he make use of texts, images, archaeological data, and various theoretical approaches. he is currently working on elite uses of the wider environment, particularly in forms and practices, such as hunting, that must be approached indirectly because they leave little physical trace.
Synthesis of studies on Egyptian kingship
Presenting and discussing deities in New Kingdom and Third Intermediate period Egypt. In Beate Pongratz-Leisten (ed.), Reconsidering the concept of revolutionary monotheism, 41–89. Winona Lake IN: Eisenbrauns 2011.
Scripts, high culture, and administration in Middle Kingdom Egypt. In Stephen Houston (ed.), The shape of script: how and why writing systems change, 25–63. Advanced Seminar Series. Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press 2012.
Sources of Egyptian temple cosmology: divine image, king, and ritual performer. In Deena Ragavan (ed.), Heaven on earth: temples, ritual, and cosmic symbolism in the ancient world, 395–424. Oriental Institute Seminar 9. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 2013.
High culture and experience in ancient Egypt. Studies in Egyptology and Ancient Near East. xx + 326 pp., 63 figs. Sheffield: Equinox 2013.