Prof. Allen is one of a small number of Egyptologists currently involved in a reevaluation of the model by which the earliest stages of the ancient Egyptian language is understood. In 2013, he hosted an international workshop on the subject at Brown, the results of which will be published in the Department's Wilbour Studies series of scholarly monographs.

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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; 2010), The Heqanakht Papyri (MMA, 2002), The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts (Society of Biblical Literature, 2005), The Debate between a Man and His Soul (Brill, 2011), and The Ancient Egyptian Language, an Historical Study (Cambridge, 2013). He is currently working on publication of material from the Metropolitan Museum's excavations at Dahshur and on a comprehensive grammar of the ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts.

Wilbour Professor of Egyptology
Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3712
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3132
E-mail: jamespallen@brown.edu

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