Current post: Professor Emerita, Classical Studies, The Open University

Visiting Professorships and funded leave

2017-18 Rydell Visiting Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter MN 

October 2016: Dean’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturer, Notre Dame, IN

2008-15 Honorary Visiting Professor, Peninsula Medical School

Summer semester 2014: Käthe Leichter Visiting Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Vienna

October 2008: delivered the Crake Lectures, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, Canada

April 2005 Visiting Professor, Dept of Classics, University of Texas, Austin (4 meetings of graduate class in ancient medicine and 1 seminar)

Sept-Dec 2005 AHRC Research Leave Award

March 2002 Landsdowne Visiting Lecturer, University of Victoria, British Columbia (3 lectures and 1 seminar)

Feb-June 2001 Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies

Jan-June 1995 British Academy Research Leave Award 

Previous posts

2011-17 Professor of Classical Studies, The Open University

2004-11 Professor of the History of Classical Medicine, Department of Classics, University of Reading 

1996-2004 Reader in the History of Classical Medicine, Reading, Department of Classics (formerly in departments of Classics and History); initially funded by five-year Wellcome Trust University Award


Postgraduate (University College London, 1980-1983)

1985   PhD (History) awarded: ‘From parthenos to gynê: the dynamics of category’

April 1983, July 1986  Fondation Hardt, Geneva

Jan-April 1981 Centre de recherches comparées sur les sociétés anciennes, Paris


Undergraduate (University College London, 1977-1980)

1980   B.A. (Hons) Ancient History/Social Anthropology (First Class)

1979 M.G. Smith Prize (History)

1978 Kaberry Prize (Anthropology), Dolley Prize (History)





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