I studied for my first degree and my MA with the Open University, concentrating on English and classical literature, and then went on to complete my PhD with the Open University in 2014. My thesis was on viewer reception of classical myth on television, and my supervisors were Paula James from the Open University and Gideon Nisbet from the University of Birmingham. I was the recipient of the AOUG Chancellor Asa Briggs Award for Arts in 2013 for my research. I am now a Visiting Research Fellow with the Open University.
My main research interest is classics in popular film and television, and particularly viewer (or audience) reception. Modern texts I have worked on include Xena: Warrior Princess, Charmed, Torchwood, Doctor Who, HBO Rome and Starz Spartacus. I am also interested in classics and feminism, and receptions of classical myth and literature focussing on female characters. Recently I have been working on how fans engage with the classical world creatively via fan fiction, and also visual representations of ancient violence on television.
2016 ‘Classical monsters in new Doctor Who fan fiction’, Transformative Works and Cultures, 21.
2015 ‘Slashing Rome: Season Two Rewritten in Online Fan Fiction’ in Rome Season Two: Trial and Triumph edited by Monica S. Cyrino, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 219-230.
2010 ‘Beware of Geeks Appropriating Greeks: Viewer Reception of the Myth of Philoctetes in Torchwood’ in Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures, edited by Ross P. Garner, Melissa Beattie and Una McCormack, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 79-93.
2010 ‘Unpacking Pandora’s Box: The redemption of an ancient anti-heroine for a twenty-first century audience in US TV Series Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed’ in Classical and Contemporary Mythic Identities: Construction of the Literary Imagination, edited by Aminal Ayal and Paul Hardwick, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, pp. 97–122.
2009 ‘Hell Hath No Fury Like a Dissatisfied Viewer: Audience Responses to the Presentation of the Furies in Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed’ in Classics for All: Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture, edited by Dunstan Lowe and Kim Shahabudin, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 217-236.
I participated in the first 2012-2013 Communicating Ancient Greece and Rome programme, administered by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford, aimed at encouraging scholars to get more involved in public engagement activity. Following on from this programme I delivered a public lecture at the Royal Theatre Northampton and am continuing to deliver public lectures and introduce films at the Petrie Museum, UCL, obtaining viewer feedback at these events to build into my research. I am also teaching a course on Greek myth on television with the Brilliant Club.