Dr Shushma Malik


School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56639


Dr Malik joined the University of Queensland as Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History in 2015. She teaches Roman history and Latin. She came to Australia from the UK, where she completed her PhD at the University of Bristol in 2013 and lectured in Ancient History at the University of Manchester from 2013-2015. Her doctoral thesis explored the conception and reception of the emperor Nero as the Antichrist in late antiquity and beyond. Her current research focuses on the characterization of tyrannical Roman emperors in antiquity and the subsequent utilization and manipulation of these figures in later periods, particularly the nineteenth century.

Research Interests

  • Roman Imperial history and its reception

Research Impacts

Dr Malik co-authors (with Dr Davenport, UQ) a series for the online media publication ‘The Conversation’ entitled ‘Mythbusting Ancient Rome’.

Dr Malik has been interviewed twice about her research for the ABC national radio programme Conversations with Richard Fidler. The shows were broadcast in October 2016 (http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations/7935262) and February 2017 (http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-shushma-malik/8267280).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol


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