My research focuses on Greek and Roman historiography and the interactions between literature, politics, and culture in the Roman Imperial period. In my dissertation, Exemplarity in Tacitus: Literary, Cultural, and Political Contexts, I investigate how Tacitus redefines the nature and purpose of exemplarity–the characteristically Roman practice of commemorating people, events, or deeds as models of conduct–in light of the changed sociopolitical conditions of the principate. I examine this question through close readings of Tacitus’ historical works organized around five areas of Roman culture: historiography, the senate, the military, the imperial family, and the discourse of exemplary women. My project contributes to an exciting current effort to read Trajanic authors in their context by putting Tacitus in dialogue with his contemporaries Pliny the Younger, Suetonius, Juvenal, Frontinus, and Plutarch, as well as earlier authors such as Sallust, Livy, and Valerius Maximus.
Other recent work includes a 2016 article in The Classical Quarterly on Herodotus’ innovative use of the language of travel to guide readers through his narrative and the entry on amicitia in The Virgil Encyclopedia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
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 lived in Rome, where I taught for the Paideia Institute and led cultural and historical walking tours.
At Princeton, I have taught Roman history (CLA/HIS 218: The Roman Republic) and Latin literature and material culture (LAT 333: Landscape and Topography in Vergil’s Aeneid). My work is currently supported by a Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship.