At school my A Levels were Latin, History, and English Literature. I knew I wanted to study the ancient world at university, but I was genuinely torn about which direction to go in. Ultimately, I decided history was what I wanted to do, and the flexibility of the Ancient and Modern History course was therefore perfect.
After my undergraduate degree in AMH (2005-2008) I stayed on at Balliol College to do the MPhil in Greek and Roman History (2008-2010). The two years of the MPhil was a great opportunity to expand into new areas (about all Hellenistic history), develop new skill sets (in particular epigraphy and papyrology), and work on my languages.
Based on work in the MPhil I decided I wanted to do more Hellenistic history, more regional history, and more epigraphy, and so for my DPhil in Ancient History at New College (2010-2013) I wrote a thesis about processes of regional integration on Lesbos and in the Troad in the north-east Aegean.
After finishing my doctorate, I became a Junior Research Fellow in Classics at The Queen’s College (2013-2016). This gave me the time to work on turning my book into a thesis, to come up with my next book project, and to develop new areas of interest (for example, moving into Greek numismatics and learning to teach more Roman history). I taught at several different colleges 2016-2022 before taking up my current role as the Fellow in Ancient History at University College.