About

I read my undergraduate at University College London, followed by an MPhil at the University of Oxford, both in Classical Archaeology. I followed this with some museum work and a long summer on a Russian language course in Moscow. I returned to pursue an MRes in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, where I undertook my first undergraduate teaching. I am now in my third year of a doctorate in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, researching Cultural Memory in Olbia Pontica, a polis on the northern Black Sea coast, and I teach on six pre-honours courses, covering several aspects of ancient history and art.

Aside from this, I am a member of the group Pandemic Perspectives, an interdisciplinary network of doctoral students who organise research events concerning the Covid-19 Pandemic. The proceedings of our international conference (April 2021) are soon to be published by Ubiquity Press, funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities and University of Edinburgh, while we continue to run successful seminar series (check out some of our previous events on YouTube).

In my spare time, I’m big film fan, with a particular interest in silent film. In Oxford, I set up a popular society for screening silent films, and I have run several events related to this interest, including a collaborative screening at Magdalen College with ‘The Ancient World in Silent Cinema‘ project based at UCL, a book launch at the University of Birmingham to accompany the Vintage publication of Prof. Steve Ellis’s translation of The Divine Comedy, and a lecture on the films of Buster Keaton with the Berwick Educational Association. I also write fiction, some of which has been published by the new and exciting journal ‘Pericles at Play’: my pieces can be read here and here. Finally, I am a regular parishioner of Old Saint Paul’s Church in Edinburgh: catch me reading from Zechariah and John in this lovely venue.

Here I am in Odesa, Ukraine on a Monday morning in December 2019, blissfully ignorant of both the impeding pandemic, and the Museum’s opening (or, more correctly, closing) policy on Mondays.