I write about the strangest corners of history.
The prophet who couldn’t get the end of the world right. The con-artist turned famous archaeologist. The headmaster who bludgeoned his wife to death, then sat wearily back down to his Latin.
I’m interested in how people relate to the past – and how those relationships go wrong. I take characters on the edges of conventional history and make them my heroes.
I’ve recently been named one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2016-17 – one of ten academics selected to work with the BBC to develop programs based on their research.
Cambridge University Press published my first book, Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity.
I’m currently Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Durham, in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. Before that, I worked at the University of Princeton – and studied at the University of Cambridge for my Ph.D..