Professor, Greek Social and Cultural History; Gender and Sexuality; Greek Oratory
BA (Alberta), MA (Queen’s), PhD (Buffalo)
Phone: 905 688 5550 x3819
Fax: 905 984 4859
I spent a year as a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a graduate student. Before coming to Brock University in 2003, I was a teaching and research fellow at Stanford University. My research relates to the social and cultural history of ancient Greece, and focuses on women, gender, sexuality and slavery. I use texts, vase iconography and archaeological data to explore these topics. To date, much of my research has been on the image of the Athenian prostitute concentrating on how male discourse constructs and manipulates the image of the prostitute in such contexts as the law courts and the symposium. In part, my work is a reaction to scholarship that idealizes the ancient hetaira (sexual companion, regularly translated as courtesan), and attempts to look at how prostitution affected the lives of women across ancient Athenian society. I am currently researching ancient Greek prostitutes, with a particular focus on prostitutes as slaves. This research is currently funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant.
2018 recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching
2017. “Gender and Slavery” inThe Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries. Eds. Stephen Hodkinson, Marc Kleijwegt, and Kostas Vlassopoulos. Oxford University Press. Oxford Handbooks Online.
2017. Themes in Greek Society and Culture. Oxford University Press. (co-edited with Christina Vester).
2017. “Gender and Sexuality” inThemes in Greek Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Greece. Eds. Allison Glazebrook and Christina Vester. Oxford University Press. 267-90.
2016. “Prostitutes, Women, and Gender in Ancient Greece” in Women in Antiquity: Real Women across the Ancient World. Eds. Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean Macintosh Turfa. Routledge Publishing. 703-13.
2016. “Is There an Archaeology of Prostitution?” in Houses of Ill-Repuke: The Archaeology of Brothels, Houses and Taverns in the Greek World. Eds. Allison Glazebrook and Barbara Tsakirgis. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 169-96.
2016. Houses of Ill-Repute: The Archaeology of Brothels, Houses and Taverns in the Greek World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Co-edited with Barbara Tsakirgis).
2015. “A Hierarchy of Violence? Sex Slaves, Parthenoiand Rape in Menander’s Epitrepontes” in Beyond Courtesans and Whores: Sex and Labor in the Graeco-Roman World. Ed. Allison Glazebrook. A special issue of Helios. 42.1: 81-101.
2015. “Beyond Courtesans and Whores: Sex and Labor in the Graeco-Roman World” in Beyond Courtesans and Whores: Sex and Labor in the Graeco-Roman World. Ed. Allison Glazebrook. A Special Issue of Helios 42.1: 1-5.
2015. “Sexuality” in Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press.
2015. “‘Sex Ed’ at the Archaic Symposium: Prostitutes, Boys and Paideia” in Sex in Antiquity: New Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Eds. Mark Masterson, Nancy Rabitowitz and James Robson. New York: Routledge Publishing. 157-78.
2014. “The Erotics of Manumission: Prostitutes and the πρᾶσις ἐπ’ ἐλευθερίᾳ” EuGeStA: Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity4: 53-80.
2014. “Marriage and Adultery” in A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. Malden MA: Wiley Blackwell. 69-82 (with Kelly Olson).
2014. “Sexual Rhetoric: From Athens to Rome” in A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Ed. Thomas K. Hubbard. Malden MA: Wiley Blackwell. 431-45.
2013. “Bodies and Sexuality” in In Antiquity, A Cultural History of Women. Vol. 1. Ed. Janet H. Tulloch. New York: Bloomsbury. 33-55 (with Nicola Mellor).
2012. “Prostitutes, Plonk and Play: Female Banqueters on a Red-Figure Psykter from the Hermitage,” Classical World105.4: 497-524.
2011. “Prostitution” in A Cultural History of Sexuality, Vol. I: In the Classical World (800 BCE-350 CE), Eds. Mark Golden and Peter Toohey. Oxford: Berg Publishing. 145-68.
2011. Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE to 200 CE. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press. (co-edited with M. M. Henry).
January, 2019 “(Dis)Placing Timarchos: The Use of Place in Aeschines 1” at the SCS in San Diego, California.
November 22, 2018. “Working Women in Classical Athens” at the St. Catharines Library, St. Catharines.
September 28, 2018 “The Erotics of Characterization: Problematizing Desire in Lysias 3 and 4” at the Midwestern History and Theory Colloquium in Toronto, Ontario.
2018. “Dangerous Liaisons: Sex, Slavery, and Violence in Classical Athens” at the SCS in Boston.
2017. “Locating Alke: Space and Place in Isaios 6” at the ISHR in London, UK.
2017. “The Importance of Being duserōs: Characterization in Lysias 4” at the CAC in St. John’s Newfoundland.
2017. “Battling Desire in Lysias 3 Against Simon” at CAMWS in Kitchener-Waterloo.
2017. “Sex in the City: Locating Sexual Labour in Classical Athens” at AIA Niagara, Brock University.
2016. “A Spectacle of Citizenship: Aeschines 1, Against Timarchos” at Feminism and Classics VII in Seattle, Washington.
President, Classical Association of Canada 2018-20
Vice President, Classical Association of Canada 2016-18
Member of the Board, Canadian Institute in Greece
Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus 2011-2012.
Member of the Steering Committee of the Women’s Classical Caucus 2009-2012.
President of the Women’s Network of the Classical Association of Canada 2009-2011.