Welcome to my personal webpage. I am Professor and Head of Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Scholar (2019-2022), and editor of The Classical Journal (and former editor of Illinois Classical Studies). I served as President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South for 2015-2016. I earned my BA in Greek Philology from the University of Crete at Rethymno, Greece, and my PhD in Classics from Brown University. Before my arrival in central Illinois, I was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Classics at Baylor University. During the autumn of 2008, I was a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, at the University of Oxford, UK, for the Michaelmas Term. I returned to Oxford for the Michaelmas Term of 2014 and the Hilary Term of 2018. In January 2016, I received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for Classical Studies. In April 2017, I received an Ovatio from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (audio available here). In August 2019, I was named University Scholar at the University of Illinois.
My research focuses on the cultural poetics and the sociopolitics of Flavian poetry (ca. 80-100 CE), in particular the epic poets Silius Italicus and Statius. My monograph on the role of women in the Thebaid and the Punica, titled Motherhood and the Other: Fashioning Female Power in Flavian Epic was published by Oxford University Press, UK (2010). My edition and commentary on Book 8 of Statius’ Thebaid was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.
I have recently edited twelve volumes: Undamning Domitian? Reassessing the Last Flavian princeps (with Claire Stocks and Emma Buckley, ICS 44.2, 2019), Fides in Latin Literature (with Claire Stocks and Emma Buckley, Toronto, 2019), Campania in the Flavian Poetic Imagination (co-edited with R. J. Littlewood, Oxford, 2019), Epic Heroes on Screen (co-edited with Stacie Raucci, Edinburgh, 2018), Libri Carolini (co-edited with Barbara Wallach, ICS 42.2, 2017), Oxford Readings in Flavian Epic (Oxford, 2016), STARZ Spartacus: Reimagining an Icon on Screen (co-edited with Monica Cyrino, Edinburgh 2016; issued in paperback in 2018), Flavian Poetry and its Greek Past (Brill, 2014), Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic (Oxford University Press, 2013), the Blackwell Companion to Terence (with Ariana Traill, 2013), and the Brill Companion to Silius Italicus (Brill, 2009), Statius’s Silvae and the Poetics of Intimacy (with Carole Newlands, Arethusa 40.2, 2007); my Bryn Mawr commentary on Plautus’ play the Mercator came out in 2009.
I am currently involved in several major projects: a monograph on Death and Ritual in Flavian Epic, a commentary on Book 3 of Silius Italicus’ Punica (with R. J. Littlewood, Oxford), a commentary on the Pseudo-Virgilian Ciris (with Laurel Fulkerson), and a translation of Silius Italicus’ Punica for Routledge (with Neil Bernstein, Routledge). I am co-editor of two Oxford Commentary series, the Oxford Commentaries in Flavian Poetry and the Oxford Pseudepigrapha Latina. A future project includes a commentary on Pseudo-Seneca’s Hercules Oetaeus.
I have directed dissertations on several topics in Imperial Latin literature. Recent PhDs directed: Stephen Froedge, “Plenus monstris: Monsters and Monstrosity in Flavian Epic” (March 2020), Adam Kozak, “Nature, Ideology, and Imperialism in Flavian Epic Poetry” (February 2020), Clayton Schroer, “Quid restat profugis? Exile and Power in Silius Italicus’ Punica” (November 2019, now Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College), Konstantinos Arampapaslis, “Hostes deum: Magic in Neronian Literature” (May 2019), Aine McVey, “Reading Character in Suetonius’ De Vita Caesarum” (April 2019, now at CITL, UIUC), Nicholas Dee, “Oaths and Greed in Tacitus’ Histories” (August 2016, now Teaching Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University), Amy Norgard, “The Senses and Synaesthesia in Horace’s Satires” (June 2015, now TT at Truman State University), Sergio Yona, “The Psychology of Satire: Epicurean Ethics in Horace’s Sermones” (August 2014, now TT at the University of Missouri-Columbia); MA thesis directed: Emily Marrilier, “Hair in Petronius’ Satyrica” (May 2014); Sebastian Anderson, “Archilochus, Telephus, and the Warrior Ethos” (May 2012), nominee for Best MA thesis Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (Fall 2012).
Department of the Classics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
FLB 4080, 707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801