After my undergraduate degree, I worked as field archaeologist on rescue excavations around the UK. I then came back to graduate study at Oxford. I was employed from 2007-2010 as a Junior Teaching Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and from 2010-2011 held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Since then, I have worked in Oxford as the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, and then as a Lecturer at St John's College. I am now a Departmental Lecturer in the Classics Faculty, based at Lincoln College.
I am an archaeologist specializing in the visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. My current research examines experiences of cultural change among the diverse peoples of the Roman Empire through the images that they commissioned. The Roman period saw people employ stone portraits on a scale not seen before, or since. The project I'm currently finishing uses this significant commemorative phenomenon to explore the changes in self-representation that emerged around the Roman world in response to Roman imperialism. It examines images in their original funerary contexts, in a geographically wide ranging span of monuments (from Syria to Germany, Romania to North Africa), and employs this material evidence to examine how contact with Rome led to the development of new artistic traditions, body ideals, gender values and new ways of expressing social prestige as well as reshaping attitudes to memory and commemoration. In addition, I am involved in a range of other projects, publishing work on sculpture from sites in Libya, Syria, and Macedonia. I enjoy participating fieldwork, and have worked on a variety of projects at sites around the ancient world, including Miletus in Turkey, Alba Fucens in Italy, and Noviodunum in Romania.
Roman Art, Roman Sculpture, Palmyrene art and architecture, Roman funerary archaeology, Roman imperialism.
I teach Greek and Roman art and archaeology options to undergraduate and graduate students.
Faces of Empire: Tomb Portraits and Cultural Change under the Roman Empire. Oxford University Press (in prep).
Co-editor with Beate Dignas Wandering Myths: Transcultural Uses of Myth in the Ancient World. De Gruyter (2018).
Co-author with Beate Dignas ‘Preface’ in Wandering Myths: Transcultural Uses of Myth in the Ancient World. De Gruyter (in press, publication due January 2018) vii-xxix
Co-author with Philipp Niewöhner Ercan Erkul, Stefan Giese, Harald Stūmpel and Sabine Huy ‘An ancient cave sanctuary underneath the theatre of Miletus: beauty, mutilation and burial of ancient sculpture in late antiquity.’ Archäologischer Anzeiger (2016). 1. 67-156.
‘The Banquet in Palmyrene Funerary Contexts’ inC.M. Draycott and M. Stamatopoulou (eds.) Dining & Death. Interdisciplinary perspectives on the ‘Funerary Banquet’ in ancient art, burial and belief.Leuven: Peeters Colloquia Antiqua.(2016) 549-586.
‘Orientalism , Roman Empire’ in R. S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. B. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. R. Huebner (eds) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley Blackwell (2016).
Contributing author in Philipp Niewöhner, Ebru Fatma Findik, Nico Schwerdt and Guido Teltsch ‘Der Bischofspalast von Milet; Spätrömisches Peristylhaus und frühbyzantinische Residenz’ Archäologischer Anzeiger (2015) 2, 182-273.
Co-author with Philipp Niewöhner and Walter Prochaska ‘Ancient Marbles, Quarries and Workshops in Macedonia II’ Archäologischer Anzeiger (2013) 1, 95-145.