Leah Mitchell

My research focuses on how women in imperial Rome used religious and cult practices to exercise a form of reproductive autonomy. I am interested in themes of fertility control, maternity, female agency and subjectivity, knowledge transferral, and collective identity. While I am pursuing these ideas primarily in a historical direction, I also take an interest in classical reception and literature which engages with gender studies, disability studies, monstrosity, and taboos of the body more broadly.