My research focuses on Greek and Roman historiography and the interactions between literature, politics, and culture in the early Roman empire. In my dissertation, I argue that Tacitus’ exempla–the people, events, deeds, and sayings that he presents as models–perform important social functions for his contemporary and future readers. My project is driven by questions about the purposes of historiography, its relationship to other modes of commemoration, and the role literature plays in creating values for different political régimes. Other current or recent work includes a forthcoming article on Herodotus and a contribution to a planned collection on ambiguity in Latin language and literature.
I graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. summa cum laude in Classics (2008) and was the Harlech Scholar at the University of Oxford, where I earned an M.St. with Distinction in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature (2009). Before coming to Princeton, I taught Latin and Greek at the Marymount School of New York and led personalized walking tours in Rome.