I teach courses on Greek and Latin literature and civilization including "Classical Mythology," "Death, Dying, and Afterward in Ancient Greece," and "Dangerous Women in Classical Literature." I also teach Greek and Latin language courses at all levels and I have been known to offer some extra Latin poetry during office hours. My language courses include advanced seminars on Homer's Iliad, Euripides' Bacchae, and the goddess Aphrodite in Greek poetry.
I specialize in archaic and classical Greek poetry and Greek religion and myth. I am particularly interested in how these fields - divided into different categories in modern scholarship - were not so separable for the Greeks themselves. My current project focuses on a set of mythical figures in Pindar's victory odes who challenge the boundaries between mortality and immortality. I argue that these myths engaged with contemporary religious contexts in order to reassert the boundaries between humans and gods and to celebrate the victor's humanity.
“Life, Death, and a Lokrian Goddess: Revisiting the Nature of Persephone in the Gold Leaves of Magna Graecia,” Kernos 29, 2016: 41-72.
"Ishtar Rejected: Reading a Mesopotamian Goddess in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite," Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 16, 2015:133-162.