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Independent Scholar (PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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Roman History, Women's History, Gender and Sexuality, Enslavement and Manumission, Labor history
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My research focuses on the history of motherhood and non-motherhood among non-elite women in classical Rome. I argue that traditional ideas about Roman women as wives and mothers are often incorrect. There were a wide variety of circumstances that affected women’s decisions about their reproductive lives, including their occupation, class, citizen status, and personal relationships. These very circumstances also shaped their individual values, identities, and aspirations. While many women sought motherhood, and subsequently became mothers, many others rejected or mitigated it. Importantly, there were also women who hoped to become mothers but could not.

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Family, Gender, Material Culture, Sexuality, Slavery, Urban History, Women