About Me

I’m a classicist at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures. My main academic interests include ancient models of persuasion, the early modern reception of classical thought, historical lexicography, and persuasive technology.

Currently I’m revising my first book, which focuses on the Roman rhetorical theorist Quintilian and his central role in the long tradition of viewing ‘certainty’ as a matter of consensus, an understanding at odds with the modern scientific concept of the same name. In addition to this monograph, I co-edited Quasi Labor Intus, a volume on ambiguity in Latin literature, and have written academic articles for journals including Rhetorica and Classical World. My essays and reviews have also appeared in public-facing outlets such as Commonweal Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the Washington Post.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, I was the National Endowment for the Humanities/Society for Classical Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, I was the Robert Belknap Core Faculty Fellow in the Department of Classics at Columbia, and in 2016, I received Columbia’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. As a long-time affiliate of the Core Curriculum, I taught twenty semesters of Contemporary Civilization, Columbia’s hallmark survey of political and philosophical texts from antiquity to the contemporary era.

Before I began my academic career, I taught English in a public high school in Phillips County, Arkansas. I’m a graduate of Harvard College and originally come from Grayling, Michigan.

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