My primary research focuses on how kinship is constructed and materialised in the monumental record of the First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom (ca 2150–1650 BCE), and it lies in the intersection of archaeology, anthropology, and Egyptology. While my main corpus for this research comprises memorial stelae from the site of Abydos, I use information from other written, archaeological, and pictorial sources to reassess the impact that monuments have had on the construction, perpetuation, and transmission of social networks. I explore these aspects in my recent monograph, Kinship and family in ancient Egypt: archaeology and anthropology in dialogue, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. The book is available through Cambridge Core.
I am planning a new book that builds upon my interest in the monumental display of social groups. In this new project I will focus on the impact that these representations had on remembrance and on the practice of relatedness.
Other topics I am currently working on include gender, the impact of ethnography on the creation of Egyptology, and the reception of ancient Egypt in heavy metal and in science fiction. Regarding the latter, I am co-organising (with Dr Eleanor Dobson, Department of English Literature) an international symposium entitled Do ancient Egyptians dream of electric sheep? The reception of ancient Egypt in science fiction. I am also co-editing a volume on science fiction novels dealing with alternate history and uchronias in Antiquity.
Since 2021 I am section editor for gender theory in the new open access and peer-reviewed journal Interdisciplinary Egyptology.
I am also a keen field archaeologist, and I participate in the Dayr al-Barsha archaeological project in Middle Egypt, where I excavate a First Intermediate Period cemetery. The results of these excavations are being processed for publication.