I’m an academic classicist, and I completed my Ph.D. in Classics at Columbia University in 2016. My dissertation explores one widespread notion of certainty in antiquity—where certainty is understood as a matter of consensus, not demonstrative truth—and this notion’s afterlife in Early Modern Italy. More broadly, I’m interested in the history of rhetoric, ancient philosophy, and ancient education. I did my undergraduate work in Classics at Harvard, and I’m originally from Grayling, Michigan.

While at Columbia, I taught Contemporary Civilization, a survey of philosophical and political thought from antiquity to the modern era, and received the 2016 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, the university’s highest award for graduate instructors. I regularly teach with the Paideia Institute, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, both in New York and in Rome. Before I began my academic career, I taught English in an Arkansas public high school through Teach for America.

I’m co-editing a volume on ambiguity in Latin literature with Michael Fontaine (Cornell) and William Short (University of Texas–San Antonio), forthcoming in 2017. I also serve as the Section Editor for Classics at the Open Library of Humanities, an open-access, peer-reviewed mega-journal for humanities scholarship.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, I’m working in Munich as the SCS/NEH Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, a 122-year-old international effort to compile a Latin dictionary from the language’s earliest sources up to the end of the sixth century. The TLL is currently working on words beginning with the letter R.

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