I was born and raised in Montreal. I became fascinated by ancient history during CEGEP (Quebec’s pre-university college system) and later received my BA and MA in Classics from McGill University. I wrote my MA thesis on ambitus (electoral bribery) in the late Roman Republic under the supervision of Professors Hans Beck and Michael Fronda. In my thesis, I explore the social and political functions of ambitus and examine the reasons for the proposal and adoption of laws against this practice.
I began my Ph.D in Classics (Program in the Ancient World) at Princeton in 2012 and am now entering my fourth year in the program. My research interests lie in Greek and Roman history, and especially in the history of the Roman Republic. They include aristocratic competition, corruption, the role of rhetoric in shaping public policy, imperial administration, interactions between rulers and the conquered, and the relationship between elites and non-elites. I am currently beginning a dissertation on concepts of public accountability in the Roman Republic (c. 200-50 B.C.). My goals for this project are to examine debates about provincial extortion, embezzlement of public funds and senatorial control of magistrates sent abroad and to consider how and why mechanisms for accountability developed as the Roman empire expanded.
I am passionate about teaching and have had great experiences as a Teaching Assistant/Assistant Instructor at both McGill and Princeton. I am looking forward to acting as Assistant Instructor for The Other Side of Rome course in Spring 2016 and to teaching a language class next year. I have also recently become involved in the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative and am currently team-teaching a Latin 101 course, accredited by Mercer Community College, at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility.
In addition to learning about and teaching ancient history and classics, I love rock, punk and metal music, tea, playing guitar, hockey, swimming, and reading fiction and medieval to modern history. I'm also hoping to find some people in Princeton to play floor hockey with, so send me an e-mail if that's you!