2008: PhD in Egyptology (University of Liverpool)
2004: MA in Egyptology (University of Liverpool)
2003: BA in Egyptology (University of Liverpool)
2016–2018: University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow)
2015–2016: University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies (Danish Research Council Mobilex Fellow)
2014: John Rylands Library, University of Manchester (Postdoctoral Fellow)
2013: British Museum, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (Postdoctoral Fellow)
2011–2014: Macquarie University, Department of Ancient History, Sydney (Macquarie University Research Fellow)
2007–2010: University College, Oxford (Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology)
The study of Ancient History provides the opportunity to explore human behaviours, cultures, literature, and thought, which help shape our view of the world around us. We explore a range of topics that are relevant to the modern world: urbanism; multiculturalism; uses of the past for political and ideological purposes; religious life; genders; sexualities; ethnicities; and philosophical and political thought.
I would be delighted to offer supervision on topics related to:
2018–present: PhD Co-Supervisor (external/2nd): Roxana Gregor-Som (University of Manchester), “Landowning and Tenancy in Byzantine Hermopolis.” Principal supervisor: Dr Roberta Mazza (University of Manchester).
2018–present: PhD Adjunct Supervisor: Samuel Cook (Macquarie University), “Legal and linguistic continuity in private documents from Late Byzantine and Early Islamic Egypt.” Principal supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Malcolm Choat and Dr Trevor Evans (Macquarie University).
2014: PhD Associate Supervisor: Richard Burchfield, “Networks of the Theban Desert: Social, Economic, and Religious Interactions in Late Byzantine and Early Islamic Thebes”. Passed with minor corrections, April 2014. Principal supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Malcolm Choat.
My main research interests lie in the social and economic history of ancient Egypt, especially in late antiquity and the early Islamic period (broadly 4th to 9th centuries CE). I am especially interested in the use of Coptic (the last form of the indigenous Egyptian language) after the Islamic conquest of Egypt in 641 CE – my book Recording Village Life: A Coptic Scribe in Early Islamic Egypt explores the role of an Egyptian village administrator and scribe in the first half of the 8th century.
My current research projects focus on: the nature of Coptic education and professional scribal training; and the practice of donating children to local religious institutions, especially monasteries in Egypt.
I am also interested in the reception of ancient Egypt in videogames, in particular Assassin's Creed: Origins. Some of my thoughts on the topic can be found here (via the Manchester Games Studies Network).
Coptic School Texts in the Collection of Columbia University with Raffaella Cribiore (NYU)
Editions and study of Coptic school texts from western Thebes, dating mainly to the 7th century CE.
Child Donation Documents: East and West with Arietta Papaconstantinou (Reading)
A new study of known child donation documents from Egypt and France, incorporating new translations of the original papyri, an examination of the phenomenon, and an analysis of connections between post-Roman societies in the East and West, in terms of social practice, private law, and monastic institutions.
Coptic Papyri in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection with University of Copenhagen
Editions and study of the unpublished Coptic papyri in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection.
J. Cromwell, E. Grossman (2018). Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period. Oxford University Press.
P. McKechnie, J. Cromwell (2018). Ptolemy I and the Transformation of Egypt, 404-282 BCE.
J. Cromwell (2017). Recording Village Life A Coptic Scribe in Early Islamic Egypt. University of Michigan Press.
J. Cromwell, T. Hickey (2018). The Coptic and Greek Papyri of the Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e di Storia Dell'arte. RIASA Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale d'Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte. 73, pp.129-142.
J. Cromwell, L. Berkes (2018). An 'amir between Umayyads and Abbasids: A Note on P.KRU 70. Chronique d'Egypte; bulletin periodique de la Fondation egyptologique reine Elisabeth. 93, pp.218-220.
JA. Cromwell (2017). New Texts from Early Islamic Egypt: A Bilingual Taxation Archive. Zeitschrift FÜr Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 201, pp.232-252.
JA. Cromwell (2017). Five Tax Receipts from Djeme in the Collection of Columbia University. Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. 54, pp.143-155.
JA. Cromwell (2016). Identifying New Scribes in Old Documents: P.KRU 34 and 55. Enchoria. 34((2014/2015)), pp.49-66.
J. Cromwell (2019). “Listen to My Mistreatment”: Support Networks for Widows and Divorcées in the Coptic Record. In: The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World. Cambridge University Press,
JA. Cromwell, E. Grossman (2018). Scribes, repertoires, and variation. In: Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period. Oxford University Press,
JA. Cromwell (2018). Greek or Coptic? Scribal decisions in 8th century Egypt (Thebes). In: Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period. Oxford University Press,
JA. Cromwell (2017). The Threads that Bind Us: Aspects of Textile Production in Late Antique Thebes. In: The Cultural Manifestations of Religious Experience Studies in Honour of Boyo G. Ockinga. Ugarit Verlag,
JA. Cromwell (2016). Coptic Documents in Two Copies: Examination and Context of the Duplication Process. In: Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology, Warsaw 29 July–3 August. Warsaw, 29/7/2013. pp.1055-1073.
JA. Cromwell, M. Choat (2016). Thebes in Late Antiquity. In: Coptic Society, Literature and Religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th–22nd, 2012. Rome, 17/9/2012. pp.695-698.
Invited conference papers:
Invited Summer School Lectures
Invited Seminar Presentations / Society Lectures
2017: Workshop (with K. Damgaard): Christian Kingdoms of Nubia: Material and Immaterial Culture (University of Copenhagen, 27 October 2017).
2016: Workshop (with L. Prada, University College, Oxford): Ancient Egyptian Language and Texts 8 (University College, Oxford, 26 November 2016).
2016: Conference (with L. Blanke, Århus University, and B. Ward-Perkins, University of Oxford): Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestine, 5th–10th Centuries (Ertegun House, Oxford, 16–17 March 2016).
2013: Conference (with M. Choat, R. Yuen-Collingridge, K. Dosoo): Observing the Scribe at work (Macquarie University, Sydney, 27–28 September 2013).
2012: Panel (conference): ‘Aspects of Early Islamic Egypt’ (with A. Papaconstantinou) and ‘Thebes in Late Antiquity’ (with M. Choat) at the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies (Rome, 17–22 September).
2012: Workshop: Reconstructing Daily Life in Thebes (Macquarie University, Sydney, 12 May 2012).
2011: Workshop: Introduction to Demotic (Macquarie University, Sydney, 12–13 December 2011).
2009: Conference (with E. Grossman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Beyond Free-Variation: Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period (University College, Oxford, 14–16 September 2009).
Assessor for the Australian Research Centre (ARC)
American Society of Papyrologists
International Association of Coptic Studies
International Association of Egyptologists
International Association of Papyrologists