Dr Alex Mullen
My main research interests lie in the application of contemporary sociolinguistics to the ancient world and the integration of epigraphy, linguistics and archaeology to write socio-cultural history. I have published the following books with Cambridge University Press: The Language of Letters: Bilingual Roman Epistolography from Cicero to Fronto (with Olivia Elder), Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods and (co-edited with Patrick James) Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman Worlds. I have also published a born digital, open access eBook, Manual of Roman Everyday Writing Vol. 1 Scripts and Texts (with Alan Bowman, Oxford) http://bit.ly/MREW1, and introductions to Gaulish in three languages (with Coline Ruiz Darasse, Bordeaux). I currently lead the ERC-funded LatinNow team and collaborate in several other international projects. I am co-investigator of Illuminating the Vindolanda Tablets (Ontario, SSHRC funded) and the writing tablets project (Oxford, British Academy funded), a sociolinguistic expert on a project on Gaulish (Bordeaux, ANR-funded), co-director of The Canterbury Hinterland archaeological project and director of the Code-switching in Roman Literature network. At Oxford I lectured on Imperial and Late Latin, Roman Britain and Latin Epigraphy for the Classics Faculty.
- Lumley Research Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge (from 2008 to 2011)
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Jesus College, Cambridge (from 2001 to 2008)
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2011 to 2015)
- (with Alan Bowman) Manual of Roman Everyday Writing. Vol. 1 Scripts and Texts (Nottingham: LatinNow ePubs, 2021) http://bit.ly/MREW1
- (with Olivia Elder) The Language of Letters: Bilingual Roman Epistolography from Cicero to Fronto (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
- (with Coline Ruiz Darasse) Gaulish. Language, Writing, Epigraphy (Zaragoza: University of Zaragoza Press, 2018) [translated into French and Spanish, both 2019]
- Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean. Multilingualism and multiculturalism in the Iron Age and Roman periods (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
- (ed. with Patrick James) Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman Worlds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- ‘Transformations de la Gaule sous l’Empire romain : une culture de l’écrit au service de la production de masse’ in M. Coltelloni-Trannoy and N. Moncunill (eds) La culture de l’écrit en Méditerranée occidentale à travers les pratiques épigraphiques (Gaule, Ibérie, Afrique du Nord) (Leuven: Peeters, in press) 131–162
- ‘A sociolinguistic and archaeological epigraphy: translingualism, uncertainty and inscribed Roman spindle whorls’ in E. Cousins (ed.) Dynamic Epigraphy: New Approaches to Inscriptions (Oxford: Oxbow, in press) 39–64
- Bozia, E. and Mullen, A. ‘Translingualism in the Greek and Roman worlds’ in S. Kellman and N. Lvovich (eds) Handbook of Literary Translingualism (New York/Abingdon: Routledge, 2021) 45–59
- ‘Socio-literacy: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding literacy in the Roman North-West’ in M. Ramírez and N. Moncunill (eds) Aprender la escritura, olvidar la escritura (Vitoria: ehu press, 2021) 357–380
- Mullen, A. and Darasse, C. R. ‘Gaulish’ Palaeohispanica 20, (2020), 749–783
- Mullen, A. and Tomlin, R. S. O. ‘More from the Romano-British poets? A new metrical inscription from East Farleigh, Kent’ Britannia 50, (2019), 47–54
- Wallace, L. and Mullen, A. ‘Landscape, Monumentality and Expression of Group Identities in Iron Age and Roman east Kent’ Britannia 50, (2019), 75–108
- European Research Council Grant
- Philip Leverhulme Prize (2018)
- James Henry Breasted Prize (American Historical Association) (2014)