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I am currently a Teaching Associate in Ancient History at the Faculty, as well as Director of Studies in Classics for Sidney Sussex (Prelim & IA). Previously I taught at King’s College London, where I also completed my PhD. Prior to this I studied at Durham and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


I am a Roman historian of the principate and late antiquity. My core research concerns the identities of early Christian subjects of the Roman empire, and particularly how they navigated the relationship between their religious, social, and political loyalties. My PhD examined the ways in which Christian authors of the second and third centuries AD engaged with Roman imperial justice as a response to persecution, and I am currently working on turning this into a monograph with CUP. Other work-in-progress includes a study of the reception of Pontius Pilate in late antiquity, and a special journal issue examining Justin Martyr and his engagement with the institutions and ideology of the Romans empire.

Beyond this, I am interested in Roman governance—particularly the administration of justice, and the role of voluntary associations—and the place of the Roman army in society.


Key publications: 


2022. ‘A flagrant fabrication? Deconstructing the tradition of collegia fabrum as voluntary fire-brigades in the Roman empire’, Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 71/3: 337–361.


2018. ‘A foot in both camps: the civilian suppliers of the army in Roman Britain’, Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal 1/1. (



Forthcoming. ‘The early Church and war: the witness of Tertullian’, in I. Polinskaya, A. James, and I. Papadogiannakis (eds.), Religion and War from Antiquity to Early Modernity. London: Bloomsbury.


‘P. McKechnie, Christianizing Asia Minor’, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 71/3: 607–609. (

Teaching and Supervisions


I lecture on several introductory ancient history courses and the IB course ‘Governing the Roman Empire’, as well as convening an MPhil seminar on state violence under Rome.

Research supervision: 

I would be happy to supervise dissertations on early Christianity, provincial identities, and Roman justice, as well as experiences of the Roman empire more generally.

Teaching Associate in Classics (Ancient History)
Director of Studies in Classics for Sidney Sussex (Prelim & IA)
Not available for consultancy


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