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I’ve always been classically inclined, ever since my first encounter with a history book (the fabulous Usborne 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. (Obviously this story glosses over a lot of good luck and privilege.)
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:
- Seneca – my book on the ethics of the family in Seneca’s philosophy will be out soon with Cambridge University Press. You can find a Plain English Guide to the thesis that the book grew from here. I’m also working on some thoughts on fathers and rulers in Seneca’s political philosophy, and plan to get stuck into looking at his tragedies using the same theoretical approach I use in the book.
- Classical reception – my current book project looks at the reception of classical monsters in popular culture, and you’ll find quite a bit of noodling about it on the blog and on Twitter.
- The history of classics – I have a chapter on women classicists in the early years of Newnham College in Women Classical Scholars, and I’m interested in how women come to be professional academic classicists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Latin literature more broadly – I’m developing an article thinking about the use of space theory in understanding gender on the Roman comic stage of Plautus.
- Roman Stoicism, the Roman family and social history, all of which feed into my reading and interpretation of Latin literature.
If you’re thinking about potential PhD study, I’m interested in supervising work looking at Seneca, the Roman Stoics, and other topics related to my research interests. Please do drop me a line.
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.
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