Caitlin Gillespie, Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional) earned her A.B. in Classics from Harvard University, her Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford, and her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the concept of female exemplarity in Tacitus' Annals and other imperial texts and contexts. She utilizes the concept of Roman exemplarity to analyze the impact of the empresses and their public imagery on the definition of the feminine ideal. Current projects include an investigation of the roles played by violence, gender, and status in the opposition to Nero, and a reading of the use of models in the speeches of Boudica in Tacitus and Dio as a commentary on the moral failures of Nero's reign.