About Me

I’m the Robert Belknap Core Faculty Fellow at Columbia, where I completed my Ph.D. in Classics in 2016.

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, with Michael Fontaine (Cornell) and William Short (Exeter). 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. In 2016, I received Columbia’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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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