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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 should 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 appearing in Women Classical Scholars, which comes out in November 2016.
- 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 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, although I plan to bring that over to this blog at some point soonish.
If you’re thinking about potential PhD studies, I’m interested in supervising work looking at Seneca, the Roman Stoics, and other topics related to my research interests.
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.