Aven McMaster was a professor in the department of Ancient Studies for 14 years, finishing as Associate Professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2010, and her research specialities are Latin poetry, Roman social history, sexuality and gender, and classical reception. She taught a wide range of courses in the Classics and Ancient Studies programs, from Latin and Greek to literature, myth, and history. Some of her favourite courses were classes on Roman Poetry and Roman Epic, Sex and the Body in the Ancient World, and Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World. She also has a passion for public scholarship, and with her husband Mark Sundaram she co-hosts a podcast, The Endless Knot, and works on an educational YouTube channel about etymology and history.