I’m coming to California from London, having finished my undergraduate degree in Classics at Cambridge. So far, my interests have broadly centred around Greek and Roman literature, with a bit of art and archaeology thrown in for good measure. My final-year thesis was on Lucan’s book 9–specifically, Cato’s march through Libya and the strange chaos that meets him on Lucan’s post-apocalyptic battleground away from Rome. In my time at UCSB, I’d like to continue looking at Lucan and epic more generally, while developing a wider awareness of the political baggage, responsibilities, and opportunities carried by Classics as a discipline. What drew me to UCSB was the open- and progressively-minded faculty with its specific focus on ancient fiction, which I hope to explore in part through the lens of queer theory. I look froward to my time here!