Personal profile

Research overview

Connor Hickey is a PhD candidate in Classics and Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. He completed his BA in History and Classics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2015-2018) before attaining an MA in Classics (2018-2020) from the same institution. Under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Davies, Connor's MA dissertation examined the socio-political origins of provincial unrest and rebellion in Roman Britain and Judaea in the first-century C.E.

His research project explores the Roman conceptions of internal unrest and revolt as depicted in Latin historiographical texts from the Imperial period. In particular, he is interested in examining the ideological structures of the textual evidence and in considering how the discourse of revolt can shed further light on Roman attitudes towards their empire, the 'other', and the supposed 'civilizing mission' of the imperial project. This thesis is supervised by Professor Myles Lavan.

Connor has previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Maynooth University’s Department of Ancient Classics (2019-2020) and served as Student Representative for the Classical Association of Ireland (2020-2021). After a period working in the Public Service in Ireland, Connor moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in Classics and Ancient History at St Andrews in 2022.

His research interests centre mainly on the socio-political and cultural history of the Later Roman Republic and Early Principate, with particular focus on:

  • Imperial ideology and the language of empire, 
  • Violence, unrest and resistance to Roman imperialism, 
  • The Roman discourse of civil war
  • Provincial administration, and
  • Latin historiography. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, The Outbreak of Provincial Revolt in the Early Roman Empire: A Comparative Study on the Causes of Provincial Unrest in Judaea and Britain, Maynooth University


Award Date: 20 Aug 2020

Bachelor of Arts, Maynooth University


Award Date: 11 Sept 2018


  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Insurgency
  • Counter-Insurgency
  • State violence
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • Colonialism
  • Ancient imperialism
  • PN0441 Literary History
  • Ancient Historiography
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • PQ Romance literatures