• Teaching Philosophy: A Joyful Philology

    Aiming at 'education' in an ancient sense of the word—a 'leading out' from provincial beginnings into larger, more cosmopolitan worlds—my teaching centers on combining scholarly rigor with a sense of wonder. Although as a professor I have information to convey, above all I seek to emphasize diverse modes of inquiry and the high value of divergent thinking. Students in my classes are thus encouraged to discover how a deepening mastery of materials and methods leads to more meaningful spontaneity in inquiry and interpretation: joyful philology as a foundation for lifelong learning.

    • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005 
    • B.A., Reed College, 1998

    I have been a visiting assistant professor at Trinity since fall 2015. Previously, I taught at Bryn Mawr College, Hollins University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Bard College, including for the Bard Prison Initiative.

    My research falls into two main areas:

    • Language
      Latin (classical, all levels; special topics including Lyric Poetry, Virgil, and Ovid)
      Greek (ancient, all levels)
      Hebrew (tutorial)
    • Classical civilization & culture
      CLAS 1305 – Classical Myth
      HIST 3318 – Ancient Rome
    • Classical traditions & reception studies
      CLAS 1315 – Afterlives of Antiquity [underworlds & afterlives in literature & film]
      CLAS 1317 – Classical Traditions in Science Fiction
      CLAS 3310 – Antiquity & Diversity in Contemporary Literature
      CLAS 3311 – Ancient Worlds in Film & Television


    Every week (Thursdays, 7pm, RCC 319), I screen a film drawing on an ancient story. The theme for fall 2019, combining FYE HUMA and HIST 3318, is ‘Dreams of Power & Truth.’