I received my undergraduate degree in 2007 from Duke University, where I double-majored in Economics and Classical Languages and minored in Classical Civilizations. While at Duke, I studied abroad at the Intercollegiate Program for Classical Studies in Rome in the fall of 2005. After a foray into the world of finance as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs from 2007 to 2009, I returned to Classics and my hometown through the M.A. program in Classics at Washington University in St. Louis from 2009 to 2011. During the summer of 2011, I participated in the Summer Program in Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome, during which I studied the archaeology of Rome and excavated at the Porta Stabia Project in Pompeii.
In the fall of 2011, I begin work on my Ph.D in Classics at Princeton in the Program in the Ancient World track. Broadly speaking, my research interests center on Latin literature and Roman history of the late republican and early imperial periods, with an emphasis on the incorporation of and interactions between written and material evidence. My M.A. thesis on Julius Caesar’s modifications to the topography of the Forum Romanum exemplifies this approach: using both written and archaeological evidence, I examine the alterations made under Caesar to the Curia, Comitium and Rostra in terms of the changing political functions of these interrelated structures. Other recent interests of mine include ancient spectacle, ekphrasis and the relationship between space and memory in Roman culture.