RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
(1) Latin and Greek languages and literatures, esp. Catullus, Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid, and Plato.
(2) Classical traditions and reception studies, esp. European epic, Shakespeare, comics, and science fiction.
(3) Linguistics and its history; Indo-European studies; silence.
(4) Roman history.
(5) A cappella music.
- Ph.D. Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World. University of Chicago.
topic: "The Origin of Language in Greek and Roman Thought".
Special Field Exams: Roman History and Greek History.
- M.A. Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World. University of Chicago, August 1999.
- B.A. Classics. Reed College, May 1998. Honors thesis: "A History of the Roman Calendar".
- (non-degree) Classical Summer School. American Academy at Rome, June-July 2000.
In Classical Studies
 Silence in Catullus (The University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming 2013).
Articles and Book-chapters
 “Representations of Roman Smell-Culture in Latin Literature” (invited for Mark Bradley, ed., Smell, vol. 2 of The Senses in Antiquity, eds. Mark Bradley and Shane Butler (Acumen, forthcoming)).
 “The Sensory Media” (invited for Jerry Toner, ed., Antiquity, vol. 1 of A Cultural History of the Senses, series editor Constance Classen (Berg, forthcoming 2013 or 2014)).
 “True Love in a World of Falsehood: Or, Taking a Bath with Socrates” (in Sharon Kaye, ed., What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Lover (Open Court Press, 2012), pp. 189-97).
 “Calendar, Roman” (invited for Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History, December 2011).
 “per gestum res est significanda mihi: Ovid and Language in Exile”. Classical Philology 104.2 (2009) 162-83.
 “Pliny and the Dolphin: Or, A Story about Storytelling”. Arethusa 42.2 (2009) 161-79.
 “Symbolic Language and Indexical Cries in Lucretius DRN 5.1028-1090”. American Journal of Philology 129.4 (2008) 529-557.
 “The Scent of Language and Social Synaesthesia at Rome”. Classical World 101.2 (2008) 159-171.
 “Aeolism: Latin as a Dialect of Greek”. Classical Journal 102.2 (2007) 115-144.
In Classical Traditions and/or in Reception Studies
[20a] Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, co-edited with Brett Rogers of the University of Puget Sound (under contract for Oxford University Press’s series ‘Classical Presences’). Chapters on receptions of ancient Greek and Roman materials, including literature, visual arts, and mythology, in modern science fiction literature and film. With Rogers I will co-author a general introduction. My own contribution is [20b], listed below.
Articles and Book-chapters
[20b] “Virgil in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Chapter for [20a].
 “Classical Receptions in Science Fiction”, co-authored with Brett M. Rogers. Classical Receptions Journal 4.1 (2012) 127-47. (Followed by “A New ‘Modern Prometheus’?”, post invited for OUPblog.com.)
 “Age of Bronze” (for encyclopedia on Graphic Novels, Salem Press).
 ““Seven Thunders Utter Their Voices”: Morality and Comics History in Kingdom Come” (invited for George Kovacs and Toph Marshall, eds., Classics and Comics (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 129-44).
 “The Beautiful Ambiguity of Blankets: Comics Representation and Religious Art”. imageText 5.1 (2010).
 An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies, to be co-authored with Brett Rogers of the University of Puget Sound, invited for formal consideration. Proposal available upon request. This would be the first introduction to reception studies, focusing on the Classics, for students with no previous experience.
 “Not ‘beyond Herodotus’: Psammetichus’ Experiment and Modern ‘Scientific’ Linguistics”, analyzing Psammetichus’ experiment for ancient thought about language (language origins, linguistic diversity) and suggesting reasons for the experiment’s continued importance in linguistic discourses since antiquity.
 “‘But once put out thy light’: Othello 5.2.1-22 and Catullus cc. 5 and 7”.
In Modern Cultural Studies
 “Towards ‘Cartesian Wonder’: Science Fiction and The Human Condition” (chapter invited for Roger Berkowitz, ed., volume of proceedings of third annual conference of the Hannah Arendt Center).
 “Just a Pilgrim” (for encyclopedia on Graphic Novels, Salem Press).
 “The Gun” (review essay invited for Dylan Wittkower, ed., Philip K. Dick and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Open Court Press, November 2011), pp. 321-24).
 “Akira and the (post-?)human condition: Identity, Cognition, and the Mind-Body Problem” (invited for Joseph Steiff, ed., Anime and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Open Court Press, 2010), pp. 41-54).
 “Drawn to Distraction: Comics Reading in Kevin Huizenga’s Lost and Found”. International Journal of Comic Art 11.2 (2009) 336-349.