I came to Princeton in 2007, having received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Cambridge (2005) and an M.St. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford (2007). My dissertation, a study of exemplarity in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, explores the many ways in which characters in the poem try, and ultimately fail, to create and imitate models of behavior (exempla). Besides Ovid, my research interests include Latin literature, the Ancient Novel, and animals in Greek and Roman thought and culture.
I love teaching, and during my time at Princeton, have taught Latin at the introductory and intermediate level, and led precepts in Classical mythology. I’ve also previously served as a Head Fellow in the University’s Writing Center, where I worked one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students to improve their academic composition skills, and was a mentor to other writing tutors. Most recently, as a Quin Morton Teaching Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program, I designed and taught a freshman writing seminar called, “The Meaning of Monsters” (www.princeton.edu/writing/seminars/fall/#156).
I’m also a long-time admirer of Polyphemus the Cyclops, mainly because he knows how to make cheese (according to Homer) and considers bear-cubs to be suitable gifts for a beloved (according to Theocritus and Ovid).