I am a historian of ancient medicine and its intersections with religion, politics, and philosophy. I received my B.A. in Classics from Cambridge University, and expect to complete my Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton by summer 2016.
Alongside my work in the Classics department, I am a regular participant in the History of Science program, through which I have earned a Graduate Certificate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. During 2015–2016, I also hold a Graduate Research Fellowshop at the Center for the Study of Religion.
My Ph.D. dissertation, titled "Brain and Soul in Late Antiquity," argues that the brain, as conceptualised within the Greco-Roman medical tradition, played an important role in articulations of a body-soul relationship in theological texts of the fourth century CE. Through a series of close readings, I explore the resources that the brain provided, as well as the challenge that it posed to Christian thinkers in articulating more precisely the psychophysiological processes that underlay the faculty of the will and its relationship to other, more obviously embodied faculties, such as perception, grief, and desire.
In addition to my research, I am deeply invested in prison education, and have taught numerous college-level courses through the Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University, under the umbrella of the NJ-STEP consortium (Rutgers University). In fall 2015, I am initiating a Latin curriculum at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, beginning with a Latin 101 course accredited by Mercer Community College.