My research interests are in Latin Literature (especially early imperial poetry) with a particular focus on the relationship between power, culture, and poetics. I am currently working on a book, Humour in Epic, in which I hope to explore the funny side of this most serious and lofty genre. How should we read the obvious moments of levity found in these poems? Are we expected to laugh along with (or at) the characters and the narrator? How does epic interact with the ‘lower’ genres? And should we rethink our expectations and definitions of the epic model?

I am also interested in the way that Classics is changing as a discipline, with regards to the current efforts towards improving access, diversity, and the decolonisation of the curriculum. Therefore, my secondary research project explores how Classics (i.e. the study of ancient Greece and Rome) is being studied in China. While there is a growing interest in the subject there, the discipline already has a rich scholarly history. My goal is to ensure that in our attempts to decolonise our curriculum, we do not impose Western-centric models of Classics elsewhere.

I have taught at a wide range of academic levels, from secondary schools to universities. Currently, I am the Director of Studies in Classics (1A & 1B) and a College Teaching Associate at Sidney Sussex. I am also a lecturer for the Undergraduate Certificate in Classical Studies at Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. Before coming to Cambridge, I was a Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford (2020-2021). I received my BA from King’s College London (2013), my MSt from the University of Oxford (2014), and my PhD from the University of Cambridge (2019).

As the Director of Studies in Classics (1A & 1B), I oversee the overall academic progress of the Sidney Classicists, arranging their college supervision schedules, and acting as their first point of contact. As a College Teaching Associate, I also teach the Latin Language and Literature supervisions across the year groups.