This is my first year as the new Master of Mathey College and I am very much looking forward to working with all of you to make this an outstanding and memorable academic year. Mathey has been a special part of my life at Princeton for the last four years, during which time I have been a faculty Fellow in the college.
This is my eighth year teaching at Princeton, where I am a Professor in the Department of Classics. I teach a wide range of courses at all levels, from beginning Latin through undergraduate and graduate seminars in ancient history. My research has focussed on a variety of topics in Roman history: notably memory and commemoration, the role of spectacle in Roman culture, historical periodization and how we study the past, everyday life in the city of Rome, and Roman religion. A special feature of my approach to Roman culture is the combination of as many types of evidence as possible, including literary texts, inscriptions, art, material culture, and coins. I regularly advise independent work on subjects in Roman history and prose literature. I recently served for three years as Departmental Representative (director of the undergraduate program) in the Classics Department.
I was born and grew up in Basel, Switzerland (at the point where Germany, France and Switzerland meet on the map) but both of my parents are English. Later I attended high school in London. I did my undergraduate degree in Classics at University College, Oxford University and I have a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Princeton in 2003, I taught for nine years in the Classics Department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Living in so many countries and being a student in various educational systems has allowed me to think about how teaching and learning take place in a range of very different settings.
My husband, Michael Flower, is also a member of the Classics Department at Princeton and has been a faculty Fellow of Mathey for several years. He teaches ancient Greek and Greek history. We have been married for 27 years and have two daughters.
I very much look forward to meeting you all in September and to working with you throughout the academic year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and to join me in the dining hall.