I am a classicist and historian of global empire with a particular focus on Latin America and Iberian Asia. I received my PhD from Harvard in 2016. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago.
My first book project, “Empire of Eloquence: Humanism and Iberian Global Expansion,” argues that the classical rhetorical tradition was a key technology of empire and evangelization in the early modern Americas and Asia that can be only understood fully by taking a global perspective. This project relies on archival work undertaken in 13 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. I have published widely on the cultural history of Latin America, ethnohistory and classical tradition(s). At Chicago, I teach courses on Mexico, Iberian Asia and ideas of Antiquity.
Before coming to Harvard, I studied classical and modern languages at the University of Manchester (UK) and received an MA from the Warburg Institute in London. I have also studied Latin under former papal Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster and Konkani at the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (Goa, India).