Grace Stafford, DPhil
Grace Stafford recently completed her DPhil in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where her thesis analysed the representation of women in late antique visual culture. Stafford’s research interests concern the analysis of gender in Late Antiquity through visual and material evidence, and the importance of gender to our understanding of the development of late antique society more generally. Her work offers new perspectives on how gender shaped women’s everyday lives, using intersectional approaches to explore how women experienced gender in disparate ways. She is particularly interested in how visual and material culture generate narratives of gendered experience that often diverge from, or contradict, those presented in textual sources. She has published on women’s pilgrimage to early Christian shrines and is currently working on her first book, based on her doctoral research.