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.
I am editor of our Open Access e-journal Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies, and European Book Reviews Editor for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Beliefs. I also produce a podcast called Classics Confidential.
I am Qualification Lead for Classical Studies, and Module Team Chair of our third level Classical Studies module Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330). I'm also a member of the following interdisciplinary module teams: The Arts Past and Present (AA100) and Discovering the Arts and Humanities (A111 - in production).