I was an undergraduate at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, where I read Literae Humaniores. Thereafter I won a scholarship to study at Harvard University. I returned to the UK and pursued postgraduate studies in Classics Education at Trinity College, Cambridge and at the University of Glasgow. My doctoral thesis examined the role of Classical rhetoric and responsible citizenship in contemporary education.
I have been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships. I was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii, a Churchill Fellow in Australia and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am also the recipient of a Teaching Star award from the Institute of International Education in New York. I am currently collaborating with the Classics department at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa on a project to boost children’s literacy through the study of Classics via the Oxford-Africa initiative. In 2020, I won the Vice-Chancellor’s Education award for the Classics in Communities project.
I am the Outreach Officer of the Classical Association and a steering group member of the British Curriculum Forum. I am a member of the Roman Studies Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. I sit on the US-UK Fulbright Commission's Alumni Council.
During Covid-19, I have acted as subject expert for Classics to both BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy.