Ph.D., Classical Studies
University of Michigan, 2004
Fields of Interest
I am a Roman historian with a special interest in the Second Sophistic and early Christianity. My primary research area is the formation of identity among intellectuals in the first three centuries CE. I am currently at work on a book that examines the many ways in which being (who you are) was shaped by belonging (whom you know) for philosophers, sophists, and Christians in this period.
At Boston College, I teach Latin and Greek at all levels, especially (but not exclusively) prose. In recent years, I have taught advanced seminars on Tacitus, Apuleius, Cicero, Homer, Thucydides, Greek Rhetoric. I also regularly teach Greek and Roman History, Roman Family Law, and Roman Religion.
“Affection and Affiliation: Social Networks and Conversion to Philosophy.” Classical Journal 103 (2007/08): 147-58.
"Defining the Circle of Sophists: Philostratus and the Construction of the Second Sophistic.” Classical Philology 103 (2008): 395-413.
"Becoming Heretical: Affection and Ideology in Recruitment to ‘Heretical’ Christianities.” Harvard Theological Review 104 (2011): 191-216.
The Social World of Intellectuals in the Roman Empire: Sophists, Philosophers, and Christians. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012.
I am currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Ancient Civilization Minor. Want to sign up as a Classics major or minor? I am the person to see. I also run the Classics department's brown bag series of lunchtime talks by faculty, students, and outside visitors. Please email me your suggestions or requests.