Jessica is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Classics. She earned her BA and MA in 2005 from Trinity College Dublin, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the characterization of Medea in Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica. After teaching Classics in high school for several years, Jessica joined the Classics Department at Yale in 2009.
Her current research looks at Flavian and Hellenistic epic poetry focusing on the interaction between political structures and poetic traditions. She is especially interested in changing definitions of heroism, and the way in which traditional values are continually renegotiated in response to new social contexts.