Research, teaching and support staff in the Department Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, and Egyptology

An alphabetical list of staff profiles can be found below.

Room numbers, email addresses, and telephone extensions can be found in the staff directory.

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Head of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, and Egyptology

Prof Alison Sharrock
Professor of Classics

Research specialisms: Latin poetry (particularly Ovid and Augustan poetry), comedy, Lucan, genre, intertextuality and critical theory.

Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, and Egyptology

Dr Mary Beagon 
Reader in Ancient History (Roman)

Research specialism: Cultural and intellectual history of the late Roman Republic and early Empire.

Dr Ina Berg
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology / PhD Officer

Research specialisms: Bronze Age Aegean, island studies, quantitative analysis of pottery and the use of ceramics.

Dr Jenny Bryan
Senior Lecturer in Classical Philosophy, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Classics and Ancient History

Research specialisms: Ancient Philosophy (especially Plato and the Presocratics), genre in Ancient Philosophy.

Prof Stuart Campbell
Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology

Research specialisms: Archaeology of the Near and Middle East, social meanings of pottery, scientific archaeology and the use of computers in archaeology.

Dr Hannah Cobb
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology / SALC Assistant Undergraduate Director

Research specialisms: The theory and philosophy of archaeology, the archaeology of the Mesolithic-Neolithic in Britain and Europe.

Dr Andrew Fear
Lecturer in Ancient History

Research specialisms: The history of the Roman Empire, Roman provincial history (especially Britain and Spain), the Roman army in Roman and Visigothic periods, early Christianity.

Dr Melanie Giles
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology

Research specialisms: Iron Age histories, archaeology of identity and personhood, studies of landscape and place, material culture and art.

Dr Emma Griffiths
Lecturer in Classics

Research specialisms: Greek Drama (especially tragedy), Greek literature, ancient childhood, comparative Mythology.

Dr Maria Kopsacheili
Lecturer in Classical Archaeology

Research specialisms: Archaeology and art of the Hellenistic world.

Prof Christian Laes
Professor of Ancient History

Research specialisms: Socio-cultural history of (Late) Antiquity, epigraphy, Neo-Latin, didactics of Latin and Ancient Greek.

Prof David Langslow
Professor of Classics / William Hulme Professor of Latin / Fellow of the British Academy

Research specialisms: Latin and Greek language (historical and literary aspects), language, literature and social history of technical subjects in the ancient world.

Dr Peter Liddel
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Research specialisms: Greek political and social history, Attic oratory (especially post-Social War), Greek inscriptions, 19th-century historiography, ancient Greek historiography.

Dr Roberta Mazza
Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

Research specialisms: Papyrology, Graeco-Roman material culture, Roman and Byzantine Egypt (administration, society and culture), early Christianity, Roman women and gender studies.

Dr Ruth Morello
Senior Lecturer in Classics / MA Programme Director

Research specialisms: Greek and Roman historiography (especially Livy), Augustan literature, Roman national identity and imperial ideology, ancient epistolography.

Prof Andrew Morrison
Professor of Greek / Assessment Officer

Research specialisms: Greek literature, Pindar and Bacchylides, Herodotus, Horace, Lucretius, the reception of ancient philosophy in literary texts, ancient epistolography.

Dr Nicky Nielsen
Lecturer (online Courses in Egyptology)

Research specialisms: Egyptian archaeology and the material culture of New Kingdom Egypt, with emphasis on ceramics and craft production

Dr Nick Overton
Lecturer in Archaeological Practice

Research specialisms: Mesolithic Britain and Europe, European Prehistory, Hunter-Gatherer archaeology, Human-Animal relationships, Zooarchaeology and Social Zooarchaeology.

Dr Tom Phillips
Lecturer in Classics

Research specialisms: Greek and Latin Lyric poetry, Hellenistic poetry, Homer, ancient scholarship, literary theory, Romanticism.

Prof Peter Pormann
Professor of Classics and Graeco-Arabic Studies

Research specialisms: Ancient Medical writings, the Graeco-Arabic tradition.

Prof Alessandro Schiesaro
Professor of Classics / Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Research specialisms: Latin literature, literary theory, psychoanalysis and cultural history, poetry and philosophy.

Dr John Taylor
Lecturer in Greek and Latin Language

Research specialisms: Greek and Latin languages and literature, Greek and Roman history.

Prof Julian Thomas
Professor of Archaeology

Research specialisms: Archaeology of Neolithic Britain and Europe, the theory and philosophy of archaeology, the status of archaeology as a discourse of modernity.

Prof Stephen Todd
Professor of Ancient History

Research specialisms: Greek social and legal history, Attic orators (especially Lysias).

Joyce Tyldesley

Reader in Egyptology

Joyce is a teaching-focused Egyptologist.

Emeritus Professors

Prof Tim Cornell
Professor Emeritus of Ancient History

Research specialisms: historiography, the history of warfare, urbanism and ethnicity, and all aspects of the history of Rome and Italy in the archaic and republican periods.

Prof John Prag
Professor Emeritus of Classics and Ancient History

Research specialisms: Greek iconography and mythology, facial reconstruction, ancient portraiture, chemical analysis of Greek pottery, application of ancient DNA research.

Honorary Research Fellows

Prof Jim Adams

Research specialisms: social, geographical and textual variation in Latin, and the evidence this provides for the transition from Latin to the Romance languages.

Dr Dalida Agri

Research specialisms: Augustan and post-Augustan poetry.

Dr Nicolò Benzi

Research specialisms: Ancient philosophy, Greek and Latin language and literature, intellectual history of the ancient world.

Dr John Briscoe

Research specialisms: Latin Literature and Textual Criticism, Roman and Hellenistic History.

Father Anthony Dykes

Maria Haley

Co-ordinator of Classics for all Manchester

Dr Elizabeth Healey

Research specialisms: Archaeology, Obsidian, Lithics, Material Culture studies.

Dr Alastar Jackson

Dr Katherine Molesworth 

Research specialisms: Lycophron’s Alexandra, Hellenistic poetry and Aesthetics, Ancient Greek Literature, visuality, gender expression and performance.

Prof Suzanne Stern-Gillet

Research specialisms: the emergence and subsequent development of a notion of selfhood, concepts of techn and poetry.

Dr John Peter Wild

Research specialisms: Archaeology, archaeological textiles.

Professional support staff

Gemma McCabe
Undergraduate Programme Administrator 

Katie Cowey
Undergraduate Admissions Officer

Dr John Piprani
Archaeology Technician

Research specialisms: Early European Prehistory, stone tools, teaching and learning.

Associated academic staff in other departments

Gillian Evans
Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Anthony Gerbino
Head of Art History and Senior Lecturer

Charles Insley
Head of History and Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Todd Klutz
Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

Peter Oakes
Professor of New Testament

Paul Oldfield
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Kay Prag
Visiting Academic, The Manchester Museum

Campbell Price
Curator of Egypt and Sudan

Alexander Samley
Professor of Jewish Thought

Bryan Sitch
Deputy Head of Collections