I work on the Greek literature of the Imperial period, and especially on the conversation between Christian and non-Christian texts. I am currently completing a dissertation on Methodius of Olympus’ Symposium, a 3rd century AD dialogue whose interlocutors are ten Christian virgins participating in a rhetorical competition about chastity. The dissertation investigates how Methodius interacts with various genres in order to put forth a new argument about the way that Christians should orient themselves in time. In my next research project, I will be looking into the ways that Imperial writers embed medical details into their literary works for rhetorical purposes.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 2005, concentrating in Classics as well as Fundamentals: Issues and Texts, followed by an M.A. in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2007). In between my M.A. and beginning at Princeton in 2008, I spent a year living and working on a monastery farm in Connecticut. For the 2012-2013 school year I was a visiting student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.