I am a Senior Lecturer (Education and Research) in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter.


Dr K. McDonald

My research interests include the languages of ancient Italy, linguistic and cultural contact in the ancient world, personal names, Greek and Roman comedy, and epigraphy. I work mostly on historical sociolinguistics, especially multilingualism, language contact and gender linguistics.

My current research project, ‘Connectivity and competition: multilingualism in ancient Italy‘, is funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship. My book, Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily, was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2015. You can find out more about my PhD thesis, articles and other publications on my publications page.


I have taught courses in Greek, Latin and Indo-European linguistics, Roman history, Latin language and Latin literature.


After growing up in Chelmsford, Essex, I studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and as an Erasmus student at Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. My interests include theatre and film – I managed to combine Classics and theatre by being involved in three productions of the Cambridge Greek Play.

After my PhD, I was a Research Fellow in Classics at Gonville and Caius College (2013-2016) and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge. I was also an Affiliated Researcher on the AHRC-funded Greek in Italy project (2014-2018) and a Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome (2014-2015).

I have previously been part of the Women’s Classical Committee, and I am still involved in their events. I’m also the treasurer of the Reid Trust, and a trustee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Contact Me

Department Webpage (with email)


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0721-3303

Other sites

Greek in Italy Project

Women’s Classical Committee

Cambridge Greek Play