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Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2017
BioMy research interests include the formation and structure of maritime networks in the ancient Mediterranean and western Indian Ocean, particularly how seaborne interaction influenced Roman social and economic activity. To this end, I am interested in ancient economies, maritime communities and traditions, and broader theories of globalization and cross-cultural interaction. Other research interests include digital recording techniques, cultural heritage stewardship and ethics, and innovative methods of public engagement.
In 2013, I graduated from Brown University with a BA in Archaeology and the Ancient World before attending the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Fund Scholar (MPhil in Archaeology, 2015). I then worked as a field archaeologist and in the post-excavation and publications department at Oxford Archaeology Ltd., a UK-based commercial archaeological practice, and on the editorial team at Current World Archaeology, a popular archaeological magazine based in London.
I have worked on a range of terrestrial and underwater archaeological research projects in Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, Montenegro, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Recent projects include the Berenike Project (an Egyptian Red Sea port site dating from the 3rd century B.C.E. to the 6th century C.E.) and the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project.
Ph.D. Student in Classics, admitted Autumn 2019
Research Assistant, Classics
BioSinead Brennan-McMahon joined the Stanford Classics department in 2019.
Sinead comes from Auckland, New Zealand, where she received her M.A.. Her thesis examined the reception of Martial’s sexually obscene homosexual epigrams in school texts and commentaries. Using a comprehensive statistical analysis, she argued that Victorian editors of Martial’s Epigrams expurgated the text to remove references to material they found offensive and to curate a culturally appropriate view of the ancient world for their schoolboy readers.
Her current research focuses on developing software tools to make Latin textual criticism more efficient and accessible. She is also interested in the Digital Humanities more widely, Martial, obscenity, and Reception Studies.