Bio

 

I grew up and went to school in Atlanta, Georgia, where I studied philosophy and classics at Emory University (B.A.). In the spring semester of my junior year at Emory I studied in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (the Centro). I started my Ph.D. at Harvard in the Department of Classics in the fall of 2014.

My primary interests are in Greek and (especially) Roman technology and science. I am curious about almost every branch of specialized knowledge in the ancient world, from agriculture, land-surveying, architecture, and mechanics to medicine, biology, and astronomy. On the one hand I study the discourse, development, and facts of such traditions of specialized, and on the other their role in their broader historical and especially intellectual (i.e. philosophical and literary) contexts. Because good study of these traditions requires (to my mind) a blend of philological, historical, and philosophical tools, my studies usually straddle the divide between the disciplines of "philology" and "philosophy," as they are narrowly understood, and I am as interested in reading texts from the perspective e.g. of lexicography or historical linguistics as of epistemology, metaphysics, or the philosophy of science and technology.

Another strong interest is comparative Greco-Roman/Chinese studies, especially the ways that reading texts from different traditions against one another can call attention to and indeed clarify areas for further research. Separately, I am interested in the use and study of Greco-Roman culture in modern China. In connection with these topics, I am currently studying Chinese, both Mandarin and classical. 

Further afield, I have interests in modern philosophy (esp. German philosophers Kant through Heidegger), 19th century American literature (Melville, Thoreau, etc.), and birds (see the link ‘Birds’ above).