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I received my Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University (2019) and my B.A. in Classics from Yale University (2013). During my graduate work, I was a member of the Program in the Ancient World, and I taught extensively in the Classics department. Currently I am a Postgraduate Research Associate at Princeton.
My research interests are in Roman history, with a particular focus on Roman religion. My current project is a study of religious wrongdoing during the Roman Republic. What happened, for example, when someone stole a dedicated object from a temple, lied about observed omens, or violated a sacred grove? My current project asks how transgressions against commonly accepted religious behaviors were received by the culprit, their society, and their gods. I argue that religious transgression was most fundamentally a problem of violating the will of the gods. Divine vengeance was viewed as a very real threat, and it operated in concert with civic methods of punishment. For the Romans, then, moments of religious wrongdoing were opportunities to realign public actions with the preferences of the gods, both by punishing transgressors and by enacting propitiations.
At Princeton I have taught Latin at all levels, Roman history, and philosophy. I am currently (Spring 2019) teaching an advanced Latin class on Cicero’s treatise on divination. The course combines language study with a look at the social and cultural phenomenon of divination in the Roman (and Greek) world.