After completing both my BA and MA at the University of Exeter, and having spent time teaching in Japan, I returned to the UK in order to undertake my PhD research at the University of Birmingham, beginning June 2019.
In my previous studies, I gravitated towards areas of Classical reception, as well as those concerning Pre-Socratic philosophy, funerary practices in antiquity, and interpreting epic narratives. I primarily focused on the Graeco-Roman world and the Alexandrian Empire, but I take a keen personal interest in Brythonic Celtic Studies, as well as the image of the western dragon in lore, literature, and art. More broadly, the reception of antiquity in modern culture appeals to my interdisciplinary approaches.
In conjunction with my MA, I received training in reception studies as part of the ‘Research Skills’ optimisation module series. Training in funerary osteoarchaeological techniques aided me in expanding my working knowledge of funerary practices, and I’m particularly interested in the contextualisation of grave goods. Archival training at the National Library of Wales assisted my academic development more broadly. I recently completed a course funded by the European Social Fund and hosted by Aberystwyth University, titled ‘Introduction to Media Production’.
Thanks to the generosity of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for the last two years, I’m currently based at the Department of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where I’m researching the role of antiquity in moulding the socio-political views of weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.
I’m a Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Midlands Network of Popular Culture, while maintaining strong links with the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at both the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter.