I work at the intersection of literary culture and intellectual and religious history in the ancient Greek world. My dissertation, The Mortal Divine: Callimachus and the Making of an Imperial Theology, examines how literary discourse serves as a site for the recovery of cultural and religious change, focusing on the early Ptolemaic Empire. This project brings to light a fuller discursive context concerning ruler cult and the creation of an imperial literary culture in the Callimachean corpus by framing it as an excavatable "pulic transcript.” Other research interests include receptions of Greek cultural & literary history (19th c.–present), postcolonialism and the Mediterranean, and the idea of nostalgia, empire, and diaspora in the Classical and post-Classical Greek world. I have taught widely within classics: from Greek and Latin language and literature courses, to surveys of Greek and Roman history and culture and Classical Mythology.
Born and raised in Northern California, I received my B.A. in Classics, with a minor in English Literature, from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a second B.A. in Lit. Hum. (Classics) at Oxford and an M.A. in Classics, with a focus on Greek literature, at UC Berkeley.