Bio


Sinead 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.

Honors & Awards


  • Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, Stanford (2019-2023)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, Society for Classical Studies (2020 - Present)
  • Member, Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Australasian Society for Classical Studies (2014 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • M.A. (1st class hons), The University of Auckland, Latin (2018)
  • Dip.Lang., The University of Auckland, Ancient Greek (2018)
  • B.A.(Hons) (1st class hons), The University of Auckland, Latin (2015)
  • B.A., The University of Auckland, Latin, Economics (2014)

2020-21 Courses