I am a Lecturer in Roman History and Material Culture, joining the School of History and Heritage in 2016. My field of research is the archaeology of Latin literacy in the Iberian Peninsula and western Europe more generally over the longue durée – not how much there may have been, but why there was any at all, and how it operated in practice; the written record of the past as a product of the society and culture which we as historians use it to describe. Working with the full range of surviving evidence, I chart the continuities and changes in the contexts in which Latin was deployed, as the defining element of the Roman legacy to the early medieval West. At Lincoln I teach late antique and early medieval history at the undergraduate level, and Classical and medieval Latin at the graduate level. In the coming year I will be developing new undergraduate modules in Roman government and the history of Roman Lincoln itself.
Before coming to the University of Lincoln, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Medieval History at St John’s College, Oxford, from 2012 to 2016, during which I developed my interest in texts and the materiality of transmission. I completed my DPhil in History, ‘The Written and the World in Early Medieval Iberia’, at Balliol College, Oxford, in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Chris Wickham; and my MSt in Medieval History, ‘Everyday Literacy in Visigothic Spain’, at Balliol in 2008. Before moving to the UK from Canada, I earned a BA (Hons) in History and Latin at Victoria College, University of Toronto, in 2007.