Since completing my doctorate in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, I have revised the manuscript of my thesis and it is due to appear in the Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents series in early 2015. It is both a study of the Greek interstate institution proxenia (a form of public guest-friendship) and a wider-ranging examination of the structural dynamics of the Greek world in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. This book will be accompanied by an online database presenting all the surviving evidence for this institution, which I am currently building thanks to the generous support of the Fell Fund. It will allow users to explore this evidence of interstate networks in the ancient world, including more than three thousand inscriptions, and trace these connections on maps of the ancient world. I have already published a number of articles on proxenia in different journals, and two other pieces will appear shortly which examine particular inscriptions to explore how minor communities in Mainland Greece and Turkey, on the political margins of the ancient world, dealt with the issues of economic interests, political status, and communal identity raised by their precarious positions.
My next major research project will examine how citizenship was used and defined by communities and individuals in the Classical and Hellenistic world. Citizenship was expressed in a number of different ways in the ancient world, including participation in political and religious institutions, the possession of particular citizen rights, and personal identity. By examining how these different aspects related, and why certain elements were privileged in particular contexts, this study will illuminate the various ways in which concepts of citizenship were used to draw lines between groups of people in the densely networked cities of the Mediterranean.