Yale University, 1980-84

Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1984-89

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Stanford University Year Abroad Programme, Autumn 1983

Independent tutorial in ancient Greek, University of Toronto, Summer 1983


Hons BA in Classical Languages and Literatures, magna cum laude, distinction in Latin Literature, Yale University, June 1984

Hons BA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, BA, June 1986 (converted to MA, 1987)

DPhil, ‘The Influence of Virgil on Milton’s Style,’ supervised by John Carey and Anthony Nuttall, University of Oxford, December 1989


Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Lausanne (Head of Department, 2017-2018)


Temporary Lecturer in English Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford (1989-90)

Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, Charles University, Prague (August 1990-92)

Tutor in English Literature, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London (1992-93)

Tutor in English Literature, Manchester College, University of Oxford (1992-93)

University of Sheffield: Teaching Fellow, (1993-94), Lecturer (1994-2001), Senior Lecturer (2002-04), Reader (2005- 08), Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature (2009-10)