María Jesús Albarrán Martínez obtained her PhD in Ancient History at the Universidad de Alcalá on the topic of female asceticism in the documentary papyri. She was trained in archaeology and in epigraphy at Centre CIL II, UAH; and as a papyrologist and as a coptologist in various courses in Spain at Madrid and Barcelona, and abroad at the Institut Français d’Archaéologie Orientale in Cairo, and at the Universities of Leipzig and Strasbourg. Her main interests lay in the area of documentary papyrology, Christianity and monasticism in Egypt in Late Antiquity, on which she has published several works.