Penelope Allison


I am currently a Reader in Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I grew up on a sheep farm in North Canterbury, New Zealand. My undergraduate degree was in Pure Mathematics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and my MA Prelim, MA Honours, and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Sydney. I have previously taught archaeology and ancient history at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, and the University of Sheffield. I have held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and a U2000 Research Fellow at Sydney University, and an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Australian National University. I also held an Australian Bicentennial fellowship in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and a visiting fellowship at St John's College, University of Durham. I became a Reader in Archaeology at the Australian National University in 2005. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. From September to December 2014 I am a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia.