Latin literature of all time periods (antiquity through Renaissance and the Enlightenment) and classical Roman, Greek, and Renaissance society. My latest work is a book about breakups and another on addiction and bullying, both for Princeton University Press. Previous books covered wine, swine, grief, mind, and a good laugh. Next up, free speech through the ages, with projects on Plato, Plutarch, Lucian, and the Enlightenment. Oh, and I was also recently parodied on Saturday Night Live (really! see it here.)
At Cornell, I teach courses on Ancient Rome, Greek Mythology, Wine Culture, and Latin literature of all time periods. For business executives worldwide, I teach eCornell courses on leadership from Ancient Rome and the effective use of humor in the workplace (see here for more).
- Professor of Classics, Cornell University (Assistant 2004/Associate 2010/Full 2017)
- Paideia Professor for Living Latin in Rome (2016, 2014)
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Amherst College (2003-4, three semesters)
- Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Cornell University (2018-2020)
- Acting Dean of the University Faculty, Cornell University (spring 2016)
- Associate Dean of the University Faculty, Cornell University (2012-6)
- The Paideia Institute (New York and Rome) (since 2015)
- The Polis Institute (Jerusalem) (since 2018)
- Anales de Filología Clásica (Buenos Aires) (since 2015)
- Electryone (Rhodes and Alexandria) (since 2016)
- Opera Camerarii (Würzburg) (since 2017)
Lagniappe (recent past)
- Chair of the Society for Classical Studies Committee on Public Information and Media Relations (2016-8)
- Classical World, Associate Editor for Latin literature (2015-7)
- Recipient of the 2016 Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties (see here)
Ph.D. 2003, Brown University, Classics. Dissertation: “The Sophisticated παρὰ προσδοκίαν [para prosdokian] in Plautus,” directed by Adele Scafuro
I took 1999-2000 off to study Latin in Rome with Reginald Foster as a lay student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, courtesy of a Rotary Club Ambassadorial scholarship. I spent summer 2001 at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
B.A. 1998, Millsaps College, Classics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
I spent spring 1997 in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, summer 1997 in Rome at Reginald Foster’s Latin school, and summer 1996 at the U.C. Berkeley Latin workshop.
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