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I’ve always been classically inclined, ever since my first encounter with a history book (the fabulous Usbourne Book of World History), when I’m informed I used to turn between the pages that covered the Greeks and the Romans again and again. The books on Greek myth were the ones I would take out of my classroom bookshelves in primary school; I picked up Latin at secondary school in year eight (so at about age twelve); I carried on to do my GCSE and A-level… and it just seemed natural to go on and do a B.A., an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. after that.
I studied for my B.A. and M.Phil. at Newnham College, Cambridge, and for my Ph.D. at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I finished my Ph.D. in May 2011 and then moved back to the UK to pursue my academic career here – it’s good to have visited the American system, but there’s no place like home. After spending two years as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham, I’m now a Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
My research interests are pretty broad. My book on the ethics of the family in Seneca’s philosophy will hopefully be out before the end of 2016 with Cambridge University Press. You can find a Plain English Guide to the thesis that the book grew from here. Next in the pipeline I have some articles on widely various themes in equally varied stages of development – a chapter on women classicists in the early years of Newnham; some thoughts on fathers and rulers in Seneca’s political philosophy; an article thinking about the use of space theory in understanding gender on the Roman comic stage of Plautus. My next big project looks at the reception of classical monsters in popular culture. If you want to see the full list of the stuff I’ve published and talks I’ve given, I keep my academia.edu CV up to date.
This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts about research, teaching and my continuing development as an academic. I hope you enjoy sojourning with me.