In his doctoral research at Oxford, Joel focuses on the ideological underpinnings of ancient Greek slavery. This project is based on his M.Phil. thesis work on social dimensions of the conceptions of the value of slaves in ancient Greece and Rome and his bachelor’s thesis on the role of paternalism narratives in U.S. slavery. Joel was awarded the Archibald Jackson Prize for his M.Phil. and full joint funding by the Clarendon Fund and the Wolfson Foundation for his doctoral work. Alongside his D.Phil., Joel has worked as a close-up and stage magician for over a decade, including performances at the TEDx University of Glasgow 2019 Conference, the Edinburgh Balmoral, and German National Television.