Mara is a DPhil student in Classical Languages and Literature based at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She works on women's classical reception in the late 19th and early 20th century and its relationship to the formation of modern concepts of gender, sexuality and feminism.
Prior to commencing her DPhil she was employed in the arts and heritage sector, including as a researcher at the V&A, where she worked on LGBTQ+ network. She also has professional experience in theatre, both on and off the stage, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+, community outreach and youth theatre projects.
She has a BA in Classics (Victoria University of Wellington) as well as postgraduate qualifications in Advanced Theatre Practice (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Archaeology (UCL) and History (Oxford), having consistently undertaken queer themes in her research.