I’m a Core Lecturer in Classics at Columbia, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2016. I study the history of rhetoric and ancient philosophy, and I’m currently writing a book on Quintilian and his central role in the long tradition of viewing ‘certainty’ as a matter of consensus, an understanding at odds with the modern concept of the same name. I’m recently co-edited Quasi Labor Intus, a volume on ambiguity in Latin literature, with Michael Fontaine (Cornell) and William Short (Exeter).
In my current position, I teach Contemporary Civilization, Columbia’s survey of philosophical and political thought from antiquity to the modern era, and in 2016, I received the university’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. I also teach with the Paideia Institute, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities. Before I began my academic career, I taught English in an Arkansas public high school through Teach for America.
I have also written for public-facing outlets such as Commonweal Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Washington Post, and during the 2016–2017 academic year, I was the SCS/NEH Fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. I’m originally from Grayling, Michigan.
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