Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
I earned my PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a dissertation on the representation and justification of violence in the writings of Julius Caesar and joined the department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies that same year. I am interested in how violence is described and have an article called “Caesar in Vietnam” on the question of PTSD in the ancient world which was the inspiration for my Connections course bearing the same name. In January 2020 I presented a scene from a play I have written which explores rape in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the Society for Classical Studies 151st Annual Meeting.
I teach classes in Classics, including Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as teaching in the Honors Program. I currently serve as president of the Archaeological Institute of America, Puget Sound Society, and as the president of the university’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Honors include the Dean’s Medal in Humanities at the University of Washington, Mellon Fellowship (1998), the Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation (2002 and 2003), and the T. A. Davis Teaching Excellence Award (2007).