Alex Loktionov is an egyptologist, with a particular interest in ancient Egyptian justice of the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE. He has a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology from Selwyn College, Cambridge, and an MPhil in Egyptology from St. John's College, Cambridge. His PhD was undertaken at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he investigated methods of reconstructing the legal system of Ancient Egypt from the Old to the Middle Kingdom through a mixture of textual, ethnographic and wider theoretical approaches.
Before coming to Christ’s, Alex was a Teaching Associate in Egyptian language at the Department of Archaeology in Cambridge, a bye-fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and an AHRC Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. After joining Christ’s in October 2019, Alex has co-ordinated two Cambridge University modules in Egyptian and Akkadian language, and more recently he has been responsible for the launch of the new Christ’s College Egyptology website (https://egyptology.christs.cam.ac.uk/). He is also a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies at HSE University, Moscow. From July 2021, he has been Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project, The Development of Early Constitutional Thought (https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/current-projects/development-early-constitutional-thought).
Alex has published a range of articles on topics related to Ancient Egyptian law, ideas of government, and ties to the Mesopotamian world. Alongside this, he has also worked on the history of Egyptology, with a particular focus on Russia. His next major publication will be Compulsion and Control in Ancient Egypt, an 18-chapter edited volume offering a comprehensive treatment of how the Ancient Egyptian state and society sought to enforce social conformity and order. The book is expected to be published by Archaeopress (Oxford) within the next year.