I came to Manchester in 2001. Before that I was a graduate student at University College London, and before that an undergraduate at The Queen's College, Oxford. I am a Latin American, born in Panamá to a Mexican mother and an English father. I went to school just outside Panama City and then in Chester (two very different places).
I am the author of The Narrator in Archaic Greek and Hellenistic Poetry (Cambridge, 2007) and Performances and Audiences in Pindar's Sicilian Victory Odes (London, 2007), and co-editor of Ancient Letters (Oxford, 2007) and Lucretius (Oxford, 2013). I have just finished a further monograph (Apollonius Rhodius, Herodotus and Historiography) examining Apollonius Rhodius’ use of historiography (especially Herodotus) for Cambridge University Press. One of my major current projects is a commentary on selected poems of Callimachus (for the Cambridge 'Green and Yellow' series). I am also working extensively on ancient epistolography, both in a number of recent and forthcoming articles and in the AHRC project I am co-directing (see further below). I am part of the Manchester Lives and Afterlives of Letters network, bringing together scholars on different types of correspondence from across different periods and disciplines.
Between January 2013 and January 2018 I was Editor of Classical Quarterly (with Bruce Gibson of the University of Liverpool and Costas Panayotakis of the University of Glasgow). I am now the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library. I was Head of Classics & Ancient History from 2014 to 2016 and then again in 2017-18.
Since December 2016 I have been co-directing (with Roy Gibson) a four-year AHRC-funded project on ancient letter collections, which will run to 2021 and produce two books, one a critical review of all surviving letter collections in Greek and Latin up to about AD 400, the other a synoptic, interpretative monograph on ancient letter collections and their principles of order and arrangement.