Al is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research considers the ways in which audiences, both ancient and modern, create value from classical Greek theater. Considering plays not simply as poetic texts but also as scripts for performance, his work focuses on the production, materiality, and aesthetics of the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. His in-progress book, Ugly Productions: Genre and Aesthetics in Athenian Drama, explores the ways ugliness established and mediated genre in the nascent art form of theater.
Al was an Assistant Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah from 2012 to 2015. At Stanford, he was a Geballe Dissertation Fellow.