“The community of students and professors with whom I work enable me to thrive and be successful in my program. Their friendly support and interest in each other’s diverse fields of study make this department a welcoming and nurturing learning environment.”
Supervisor: Dr. Alexander Meyer
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
After completing my Undergraduate degree in Classics at Western, I was eager to take my studies to the next level and I already knew that the faculty in my department were the people who I wanted to do this with.
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My thesis examines the written documentary evidence (inscriptions, writing tablets, etc.) of the use of Latin as a second language in the Roman province of Britain. This linguistic evidence provides data for the dynamics of language contact in the very mobile Roman Empire.
What is your “dream” career?
I want most of all to start a career where I can employ my experiences in field archaeology in a practical setting. Taking part in excavations has always been my favourite part of both of my degrees. I love working outdoors in all weather and motivating team members to achieve ambitious goals, but I don’t need to limit myself to a career in archaeology. I am open to other industries that meet my work preferences.
Have you worked as a teaching assistant or research assistant?
I have been a TA for two courses at Western, a TA for the Classics Department’s Vindolanda Field School in Northern England, and I have been a Research Assistant for one of my professors for two years as well. I’ve enjoyed each assignment for different reasons.
Being a TA for courses at Western has consolidated much of my knowledge, and I have acquired teaching skills and improved my lecturing capabilities. My assignment as the TA for the Vindolanda Field School was doubtlessly the highlight of my Master’s degree. It was phenomenal to share my knowledge of Roman archaeology, something that I am so passionate about, with a group of hard working students who wanted to travel across the world to learn the material. Not only did I assist in organizing the field school, I also supervised excavators from Europe and North America and I value that experience highly.
What are you most passionate about?
Music. Nothing comes more naturally to me or brings me more joy. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing or listening or if I am alone or with friends or strangers, I just love music.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
The time I excavated in Rome in 2014. Nothing comes close to digging in a great European city, walking through the streets for a month and learning the language, all well getting covered in mud for five days a week.
What’s your favourite book?
Panzer Commander by Colonel Hans von Luck. I was a World War II history buff before I got into ancient history. These are the memoirs of a German army Colonel who served in every theater of Europe. It’s a modern Odyssey. Von Luck was a polyglot and it is so interesting to read about his positive interactions with so many different Europeans. He belonged to an age older than his own. I would like to find a copy in its original German but I think that only an English version was ever published.