Ph.D., University of Chicago
A.B, Brown University
Fields: Latin literature; human landscapes of ancient Italy; gender in antiquity and its reception; constructions of memory in Roman culture
A member of the Holy Cross Classics Department since 2010, I am delighted to be part of a community where I can explore antiquity with students and colleagues interested in the world of the Greeks and Romans. I enjoy teaching all sorts of courses in Classics, including Latin and Greek language classes; classes in translation on Roman literature and culture; and classes exploring ancient ideas about masculinity or the environment. It’s also been a pleasure to co-lead the department’s Maymester (summer study abroad) in Rome the past few years.
I started college intending to be an English major and took Latin 101 in the hope that it would help me improve my understanding of later literature. Little did I know, the course would spark a life-long engagement with the ancient world. This interest, which began with introductory and intermediate Latin, led to a semester abroad in Rome and the study of Greek. Wanting to improve my understanding of the languages, I studied Greek and Latin for two years at a post-baccalaureate program before attending graduate school at the University of Chicago.
Now in my ninth-year of teaching at Holy Cross, I continue to enjoy learning more about the Classics in my teaching, research, and, most importantly, conversations with students and colleagues. I live in Westborough, MA, with my wife (Erin), two children (Noah and Lailah), and dog (Luna).
- Classics Courses
CLAS 102: Women and Men in Roman Literature and Society
CLAS 120: Mythology
CLAS 175: Ancient Manhood Contested (A Community-Based Learning course; also cross-listed with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies)
CLAS 199: Literature of Rome: Revolution
CLAS 233: Nature in the Classical World
- Greek Courses
GREK 101: Introduction to Greek 1
GREK 102: Introduction to Greek 2
GREK 351: Attic Orators: Demosthenes
- Latin Courses
LATN 101: Introduction to Latin 1
LATN 102: Introduction to Latin 2
LATN 213: Intermediate Latin 1
LATN 358: Vergil: Aeneid
LATN 359: Vergil: Eclogues and Georgics
LATN 399: Latin Didactic Poetry
Rome in History and Imagination (co-taught with Professor Thomas Martin)
My research mainly focuses on Roman literature and culture, with a particular interest in how the Romans think about the past and future. Please find a list of publications below.
Memory in Vergil's Aeneid: Creating the Past (2013 - Cambridge University Press)
“Grief, Distance, and Shadows in Aen. 12.945-52: A Sphragis for the Book of Vergil The Classical Journal 113: 303-33 2018 (PDF)
“Allure without Allusion: Quoting a Virgilian Epitaph in a 9/11 Memorial Interfaces 38: 173-94 2016- 2017
“Genre, Gallus, and Goats: Expanding the Limits of Pastoral in Eclogues 6 and 10” Vergilius 62: 3-23 2016
“Catullan Myths: Gender, Mourning, and the Death of a Brother” Classical Antiquity 35: 279-314 2016
"Time’s Path and the Historian’s Agency: Morality and Memory in Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae” Epekeina: International Journal of Ontology, History and Critics 4: 141-75 [Special volume: Evil, Progress, and Fall: Moral Readings of Time and Cultural Development in Roman Literature ] 2014
The Boundaries of Violence in Horatius’ Battles (Livy 1.22-26)” (New England Classical Journal) 2012
“Competing Commemorations: Apostrophes of the Dead in the Aeneid" (American Journal of Philology) 2012