I have been working at The Open University since October 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 I held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University in the Department of Archaeology, where I worked on a Leverhulme project called Changing Beliefs of the Human Body. I did my PhD and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with Dr Peter Stewart (2001-2005), and studied for my BA in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1998-2001).
My latest book is about Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (CUP 2017), and I run The Votives Project website with my OU colleague Emma-Jayne Graham. I'm fascinated by the relationship between ancient and modern religions, and my newest book project will investigate the interaction of 'pagan' and Catholic traditions in the southern Italian region of Campania. I'm currently doing fieldwork at the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii, looking at the evolving relationships between this important Catholic pilgrimage site and the ancient Roman excavations.
Reception Studies & Memory Studies
Like many of my OU colleagues I have a keen interest in Classical Reception Studies, and I have written about different aspects of the reception of classical art. I am editor of our Open Access e-journal Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies, and I am also an associate editor of the Classical Receptions Journal. From 2010-2013 I was part of the Memoria Romana project directed by Prof. Karl Galinsky, which looked at memory in ancient Rome. One of my ongoing projects explores the role of souvenirs in mediating knowledge about (and memories of) ancient sites.
I am Module Team Chair of Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330), Deputy Chair of The Arts Past and Present (AA100), and Qualification Lead for Classical Studies. I also wrote part of the interdisciplinary Arts module Voices, Texts and Material Culture (A105).
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