Rodney Ast has a PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto and has worked since 2009 as Research and Teaching Associate in the Institute for Papyrology at the University of Heidelberg. His main areas of interest are Greek and Latin documentary and literary papyrology and paleography; the cultural and social history of Greco-Roman Egypt; Egyptian archeology; Digital Humanities. He has edited several books and numerous articles concerned with Greek and Latin papyrological and inscriptional texts. He takes part regularly in excavations at Amheida in Egypt’s Dakhla Oasis and serves as co-editor of Greek and Latin texts from the Eastern desert site of Berenike. His time at the CHS will be spent on a study of writers, their offices, and the general culture of writing in Greco-Roman Egypt.