I specialize in the history and sociology of religion, knowledge, and literacy in the ancient Greco-Roman and Near Eastern world, and am currently writing a dissertation that reconsiders the historical origins of, and factors behind, the outsize influence Greek intellectual culture has exerted upon the pursuit of knowledge in the West. I also work on economic, global and longue durée history, and have projects-in-progress on the economic impact of slavery in ancient Greece and the development of secularism in the modern West.
Before arriving at Stanford I trained as a philologist, and I continue to pursue a wide range of topics in literary, cultural and intellectual history in addition to my current interests. I have given papers at the SCS, UK Classical Association, and various smaller venues on a variety of topics in Greek and Latin literature, and have published articles on allusive topography in Virgil's Aeneid (TAPA, Spring 2015, with Llewelyn Morgan, Brasenose College Oxford) and Leonardo da Vinci's quest to learn classical Latin (forthcoming in a volume edited by Paula Findlen for a special exhibition at Stanford's Cecil H. Green Library on Leonardo da Vinci's lost library, May 2019). Other small projects, in various stages of development, consider the science and philosophy of Lucan; Herodotus' portrayal of Persian religion; the philosophical pedigree and reception of Karl Jaspers' idea of the Axial Age; and Edward Gibbon's contribution to global history.