Alan Bowman is Camden Professor of Ancient History, Director for the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and Fellow of Brasenose College. His research interests focus on papyrology, the Vindolanda Writing-tablets, and the social and economic history of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and the Roman Empire. His publications include The Town Councils of Roman Egypt (1971), Literacy and power in the ancient world (1994), ed. with G.D.Woolf. Egypt after the Pharaohs (2nd ed. 1996), The Vindolanda Writing-tablets (Tabulae Vindolandenses II - III ) (1994-2003), with J.D.Thomas, Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier: Vindolanda and its People (rev.ed. 2006).
In addition to his work on the Roman Economy, current research projects include further work on the Vindolanda tablets and on Oxyrhynchus Papyri, image-enhancement of damaged documents and the construction of a Virtual Research Environment for the Humanities.