Mónica is a current 3rd year PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology. Her research focuses on the figure of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar and the role her cult played at the time when writing developed alongside the establishment of administrative centres and the foundation of centralised structures of power, roughly around the 3rd millennium B.C. She is particularly interested in the dimension of gender and the issues associated with its interpretation, both at the theoretical level and in the context of the study of ancient Mesopotamian religion and cult.
Before joining Reading University, she completed her studies at UCL and Cambridge University, and gained experience in the education and translation sectors. She has received a number of awards througout her career, and continues to balance her current doctoral work with her role as Warden Assistant and Academic Tutor, as well as carrying out freelance work in the translation and language learning sector. She is also engaged in widening the visibility of women in academia and regularly participates in a range of research committees across the university. View all posts by Monica Palmero Fernández