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Shushma Malik


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Personal profile


BA(Hons), MA, PhD Bristol

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I joined the Department of Humanities at Roehampton in December 2017. Prior to this, I lectured in Roman history and Latin at the University of Queensland, Australia (2015-17) and the University of Manchester (2013-15). My research interests include the role of Roman emperors in the classical tradition, Roman religions, and imperial historiography. In particular, I have worked extensively on the Emperor Nero’s portrayal in Christian history as the Antichrist, and have published on portrayals of Roman emperors in the works and letters of Oscar Wilde. My first monograph The Nero-Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm is forthcoming (2020) with Cambridge University Press.

I am also co-author of a series for the online media outlet The Conversation, entitled ‘Mythbusting Ancient Rome’, and have twice appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio programme Conversations with Richard Fidler. I have twice contributed to BBC Radio programmes on ancient Roman topics: BBC Radio 3's Sunday Feature: The Deluxe Edition, and BBC Radio 4's In Our Time: Nero.

Research projects

I am currently the Co-I (PIs Dr Marta Garcia-Morcillo [Roehampton] and Prof. Filippo Carla-Uhink [Potsdam]) on the joint AHRC-DFG funded project '“Twisted Transfers”: Discursive Constructions of Corruption in Ancient Greece and Rome' (2020-2023) . The project explores notions of corruption in discourse in Graeco-Roman Antiquity that move beyond the definition of corruption in law in order to investigate their interaction with specific cultural, political and economic contexts. By concentrating on the law courts of classical Athens to the ethics of Byzantine diplomacy, the project will identify the influence on the formation of later discourses in Western societies today. 


Autumn 2019/20

LCL020C110Y - Latin for Beginners

CAH020N210Y - Intermediate Latin

CAH020N305A - Latin: Special Author

CAH020C102A - Rome: Epic and Empire

CAH020X309A - Nero: The Emperor and his Legacy


Spring 2019/20

Research Leave


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Projects 2020 2023

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Research Output 2012 2020

The Nero-Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm

Malik, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Cucuta ab rationibus Neronis Augusti: A Joke at Nero’s Expense?

Malik, S., 12 Nov 2019, In : Classical Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Decadence and Roman Historiography

Malik, S., Aug 2019, Decadence and Literature. Desmarais, J. & Weir, D. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 30-46 (Cambridge Critical Concepts).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Criminal Emperors of Ancient Rome and Oscar Wilde's "True Historical Sense"

Malik, S., 2017, Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity. Blanshard, A., Manny, I. & Riley, K. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 305-20

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review: Drinkwater, J. Nero: Emperor and Court.

Malik, S., Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : CLASSICAL REVIEW. 70, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Activities 2014 2019

BBC Radio 4 In Our Time: Nero

Shushma Malik (Interviewee)
Apr 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature: The Deluxe Edition

Shushma Malik (Interviewee)
Mar 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Rutgers. Department of Classics. School of Arts and Sciences

Shushma Malik (Visiting researcher)
2 Sep 201913 Sep 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Cassius Dio’s Nero

Shushma Malik (Invited speaker)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Harrow School Classical Society: Roman Daily Life

Shushma Malik (Speaker)
7 Nov 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement