Researcher biography


My research interests include Ancient Material Culture, Greek and Roman Social, Cultural and Political History, Roman Children and Women, Roman Art, Roman Law, Ancient Medicine, Latin Epigraphy, Cultural Identities in the Ancient world, Pedagogical Approaches to teaching Classical Latin and Greek and Museum Studies. I am currently working on projects on Roman Children, the pedagogical approaches to the teaching of Classical Languages, particularly through the use of colour, and First World War Antiquities Collections. I run an International Museum Internship Program and Field School in Italy, and a curatorial internship Program in the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum. 


  • 2014 National Teaching Award (Arts and Humanities) awarded by the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Australian Government
  • 2013 UQ Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2011 Faculty of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence


  • 2015-2016 AusArts @ AustLit Project, HASS Faculty, Technology Enhanced Learning Grant Project
  • 2015-16: Case Study of Students in LATN1110 Gateway Course at UQ employing Action Research Methodologies (UQ Start Up Grant)
  • 2015-16: Strengthening the Gateways: Aligned, Literate and Flipped: LATN1110, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Strategic Grant
  • 2013: Advanced Research Training Exercise (ARTE) for Advanced Undergraduate Students, Faculty of Arts Strategic Grant
  • 2012: R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum Website Project Strategic Grant
  • 2012: R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum Coin Cabinet Project Strategic Grant
  • 2012: R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum 3D Scanning Project Strategic Grant
  • 2007: UQ Teaching and Learning Strategic Grant: Teaching Classical Languages in the New Millennium

MA Thesis Supervision (Classics and Ancient History)

  • Roman Theft and Ryan’s Blaming the Victim Theory: A New Approach to an Ancient Issue, Helen Tanner (Completed)
  • Grace en Ainigmois: Exploring the Enigma of Cicero's Greek Use in the Ad Familiares, Rebecca Hasking (Completed)
  • Representation, Power and Space in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita Book V, Scot McPhee (Completed)
  • Roman Women, Cassandra Tilse (Completed)

MA Thesis Supervision (Museum Studies)

  • Are Modern Antiquities Museums Mausoleums? An Examination of Exhibition Practices, Lynette Petrie (Completed)

Honours Thesis Supervision (Classics and Ancient History)

  • The Role of Rumour and Innuendo in Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars, Matthew Brown (Completed)
  • Julia Domna and Pietas, Juliet Aylmer (Completed)
  • The Dissemination of Moral Values in Greek and Roman Education Systems, David Northcott (Completed)
  • The Portrayal of Piracy in Ancient Prose Fiction, Julian Barr (Completed)
  • Aspects of Public and Private in Roman Household Religion, Rebecca Smith (Completed)
  • Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, Elizabeth Boldy (Completed)
  • Mechanisms of Progression: Sexual Violence and Narrative Ideology in Livy, Marta Sliwinska (Completed)
  • Occupations in Roman Trade: Defining Negotiatores and Mercatores, Wesley Theobald (Completed)
  • What's Love Got To Do With It? An Exploration of Roman North African Children's Epitaphs, Megan Cridland (Completed)
  • 'Duae Patriae': Roman Identity from Foundation to the Social Wars, Jessica Dowdell (Completed)
  • The Extraordinary Effeminate: The Characterisations of Marcus Antonius in Cicero's Second Phillipic, David Andersen (Completed)
  • Romanisation’, 'Acculturation' or 'Code-switching'? The Evidence of Epitaphs in Lusitania and Baetica, Susan Edmondson (Completed)
  • Women in Ancient Greco-Roman Medicine, Felicity Miller (Completed)
  • The Role of Gladiatorial Games in Roman Society, Rachel O'Malley (Completed)
  • Childbirth in Ancient Rome, Marianne Marshall (Completed)
  • Women in the Letters of St Jerome, Johannah Qualmann (Completed)
  • Death is only the Beginning: Relationships between the Living and the Dead in Roman Italy, Emma Bremner (Completed) 
  • Hearth and Home: Investigating the Role of Vesta and Religion in Augustus’ Administration, Alana Strong (Completed) 
  • Representations of Food in Roman Satire, Peter Reichelt (Completed) 
  • The Reception, Integration, and the Socio-Religious Role of Cybele and her Cult in the Augustan and Julio-Claudian Periods, Georgia O’Byrne (Completed) 
  • Law and Trade in Republican Rome, Jacqueline Webber (Completed)
  • The Role of Rumour and Innuendo in Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars, Matthew Brown
  • Gender and Suicide in Ancient Roman Literature, Jessica Zelli
  • Purity and Pollution in Roman Religion, Samantha Levick
  • Public Horti (Gardens) and Morality in Roman Society, Nicholas George
  • The Appropriation of Greek Sculpture in Roman Society, Kyla Duffy
  • Representations of Otherness in Roman Literature: Etruscans and Minority Groups, Dominic Ragonesi