James P. Allen
Wilbour Professor of Egyptology:
Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3712
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3132
James P. Allen received his PhD from the University of Chicago. Before joining Brown in 2007, Prof. Allen was an epigrapher with the University of Chicago's Epigraphic Survey, Cairo Director of the American Research Center in Egypt, and curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also President of the International Association of Egyptologists.
Prof. Allen's research interests include ancient Egyptian grammar and literature, religion, and history. He has written extensively on these subjects, including Genesis in Egypt: the Philosophy of Ancient Egyptian Creation Accounts (Yale, 1988), Middle Egyptian: an Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs (Cambridge, 2000), The Heqanakht Papyri (MMA, 2002), and The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (Society of Biblical Literature, 2005). He is currently working on publication of material from the Metropolitan Museum's excavations at Lisht and Dahshur and on an historical study of the phonology and grammar of ancient Egyptian.