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Dr Katherine McDonald

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History



I grew up in Chelmsford, Essex, and studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge. I worked at Cambridge and Exeter before joining the Classics department in Durham in 2021.

My research interests include the languages of ancient Italy, migration and mobility, personal names, and epigraphy. I work mostly on historical sociolinguistics and ancient languages in their social context; I am particularly interested in multilingualism, language contact and gender linguistics.

Esteem Indicators

  • 2018: AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship: Connectivity and competition: multilingualism in Ancient Italy 800-200 BC
  • 2015: Rome Award, British School at Rome: A history of language contact in southern Italy, 800–31 BCE
  • 2013: Gonville and Caius College: Junior Research Fellowship in Classics


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