My research centers on reproduction and the family in Roman society, falling at the intersection of social history, cultural history, and the history of medicine and the body. In my dissertation, I examine childbirth in the High Roman Empire from a number of angles, including how Romans went about giving birth, how they transmitted knowledge about the process, and how it was theorized. The project is motivated by questions about the nature and use of gendered authoritative knowledge, personal agency, and how (and when) personhood is constituted.
I received my undergraduate degree in Classics from Harvard College in 2008 (summa cum laude) and an MPhil from Cambridge in 2009 with a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. My work at Harvard culminated in a thesis on the changing concept of virtus in the early Principate and its implications for Romans’ notions of their own political history. At Cambridge, I completed several projects that centered on codes of conduct and ancient biography. Before coming to Princeton, I also worked at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, as an editorial assistant for The Virgil Encyclopedia (eds. R. Thomas & J. Ziolkowski, 2013).