I teach Criminal Law, Criminal Adjudication, and the Criminal Justice Workshop, as well as a variety of legal history courses on ancient Greek and Roman law.
Before joining Harvard Law School in 2005, I was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. I received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Classical Civilization from Yale University, an M.Phil. in Classics from Cambridge University, where I was a Marshall Scholar, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.
My research focuses on law and society in classical Athens. I use methods—particularly legal theory and sociology—that draw as much on my training as a lawyer and law professor as on my background in ancient history. Although the bulk of my work aims to elucidate the fundamental nature of the Athenian democracy, some of my writing explicitly compares ancient and modern legal doctrines or institutions to provide a source of constructive imagination for modern policymakers. Both my research in ancient law and my teaching at Harvard Law School are motivated by a desire to explore what truly “popular” justice might look like, what its limits are, and how far our own system has moved from any genuinely democratic method of adjudication.
My publications include Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens (CUP 2006) and Law and Order in Ancient Athens (CUP 2016). I am currently working on a book project on Crime and Justice in Democratic Athens and a series of articles on comparative institutional design in the ancient world.
My research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.