I took my first degree and PhD at Cambridge, where I was also a Junior Research Fellow. I then taught at Sheffield, Warwick, and Aberdeen, where I was Regius Professor of Humanity. I am now a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford. I have published widely in fields ranging from early medieval studies, neo-Latin, and women's writing, to cultural history. My most recent book, Baroque Between the Wars, came out in January 2018.