I am an Associate Professor of Egyptology at Swansea University, and Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE (The Leverhulme Trust).
My research focuses on Ancient Egyptian private religious practices, dreams, gender and the archaeology of magic. I am an avid proponent of interdisciplinary research and digital humanities, and collaborate with engineers, artists, glaciologists and computer scientists. An online database of liminal entities as well as 3D visualization is in progress.
Currently I am investigating the role of apotropaic devices such as clay cobra figurines and images of supernatural beings as mechanisms for coping with physical and mental health afflictions Ancient Egyptians believed to have been caused by external demons.
I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (1987) and am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London). TV work includes National Geographic’s The Egyptian Job and Discovery Kids’ Tutenstein.