Four new appointments in the School of Classics

We are excited to announce the appointment of four new members of staff, all of whom will be joining the School from next academic year.

Michael Carroll has been appointed as Lecturer in Greek Literature. Michael completed his PhD in Cambridge in 2014. He works broadly on classical Greek literature, especially on Aeschylus and Pindar, and has a particular interest in cognitive approaches to ancient culture.

Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis has been appointed as Lecturer in Classics. Alexia works broadly on the Greek literature and material culture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, with a particular interest in ancient religion. She also works on classical reception in the Ottoman empire in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Truly Beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the Cult of Asklepios (OUP, 2010).

Rebecca Usherwood will be joining the School for two years as Lecturer in Ancient History. Rebecca completed her PhD in Nottingham in 2015. Her work focuses on the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire, especially late antiquity, with a particular interest in the history of political disgrace in the reigns of Constantine and his sons.

Dawn Hollis will join the School from July 2017 for three years as Leverhulme postdoctoral research fellow on the project ‘Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’. Dawn has recently completed a PhD in the School of History in St Andrews entitled ‘Re-thinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’.


Eleri Cousins appointed as Temporary Lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology

ehc5Congratulations to Eleri Cousins, who has been appointed to a two-year Lectureship in Ancient History and Archaeology. She will be joining the School in September 2016. Eleri has recently finished her PhD in Cambridge. Her research is focused on the role played by ritual and religion (broadly defined) in the construction of provincial society and identity in the Roman Empire.  She is currently writing a monograph based on her doctoral research on the Roman sanctuary site at Aquae Sulis (modern Bath, UK). She is also starting work on a new project, which will examine regional religious practices in the parts of the Roman provinces of Gaul, Germany, and Raetia which today make up modern-day Switzerland and nearby areas in France and Germany.

Two new Latin appointments

The School of Classics is pleased to announce two new appointments to lectureships in Latin.

Tom Geue (currently at Bristol) will be joining the School from September 2015, first as British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow for three years, then as lecturer in Latin from September 2018. Tom did his PhD in Cambridge; he works on the literature of the Roman principate, especially Juvenal.

Giuseppe Pezzini (currently at Oxford) will be joining the School from September 2016. Giuseppe did his PhD in Oxford, and works on Terence and on Latin language in the Roman Republic.

Thomas Harrison appointed Professor of Ancient History

medium (4)We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Thomas Harrison (currently at Liverpool) as Professor of Ancient History in the School of Classics. Tom specialises in history-writing in antiquity (especially Herodotus), in the representation of foreign peoples in Greek literature, and in Greek religious belief. He was a lecturer in St Andrews until 2004. We’re looking forward to welcoming him back as member of the School again from November 2015.

Teaching Fellows

The School is delighted to welcome two new Teaching Fellows.

Dr Virginia Campbell  was previously a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at Reading University. Her research interests cover Pompeii, prosopography and social network analysis, volcanoes and earth science in antiquity, Vitruvius and Roman architecture, funerary customs, regulation of urban space and land use.

Dr Nikoletta Manioti recently completed a PhD at Durham University on ‘All-female family bonds in Latin epic’. Her research interests include Latin epic (Virgil, Ovid, Valerius Flaccus, Statius), Roman women,  Roman family,  Greek and Roman myth.