Swift is a specialist in material culture studies of the Roman world, including dress accessories and functional artefacts including dice. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in October 2005. In 2001, the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference formed a standing committee to oversee the conference, consisting of Swift, Martin Carruthers, Carol van Driel-Murray, Andrew Gardner, Jason Lucas, and Louise Revell. The committee also edited the proceedings for the 2001 conference.
- Swift, E. (2017). Roman Artefacts and Society: Design, Behaviour and Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Swift, E. (2009). Style and Function in Roman Decoration: Living with Objects and Interiors. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
- Swift, E. (2003). "Transformation in Meaning: Amber and Glass Beads Across the Roman Frontier", Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Canterbury 2002. 48–57. doi:10.16995/TRAC2002_48_57
- Swift, E. (2000). Regionality in Dress Accessories in the Late Roman West. Montagnac: Editions Monique Mergoil.
- Swift, E. (2000). The End of the Western Roman Empire: An Archaeological Investigation. Stroud: Tempus.
- "Dr Ellen Swift FSA Reader in Archaeology". University of Kent. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
- "Fellows directory: Dr Ellen Swift". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
- Swift, E. (2008). Roman Dress Accessories. Shire Publications.
- Greenword, V. (20 February 2018). "The Shape of Ancient Dice Suggests Shifting Beliefs in Fate and Chance". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
- Carruthers, Martin; van Driel Murray, Carol; Gardner, Andrew; Lucas, Jason; Revell, Louise; Swift, Ellen (2002), "Preface", in Carruthers, Martin; van Driel Murray, Carol; Gardner, Andrew; Lucas, Jason; Revell, Louise; Swift, Ellen (eds.), TRAC 2001: Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, 11, pp. iv, doi:10.16995/TRAC2001_i_iv
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