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Stephen earned his BA in Classics and English from Samford University (2007) and his MA in Classical Studies from Vanderbilt University (2012). In between, he spent a post-baccalaureate year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009-10), a summer at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (2011) and taught Latin in Birmingham, Alabama (2007-9).
Stephen is a Hellenist who specializes in the interaction of style and meaning in Greek hexameter poetry. He is especially interested in the style of Greek rhapsodes and the improvisatory techinques they used in composing epic. His dissertation, "The Poetics of Style in the Shield of Heracles: Speech, Ekphrasis, and Sound," reevaluates the Shield and argues that its poet uses a Hesiodic style in order to promote the essential program of the Hesiodic corpus, namely, the assertion of Zeus' cosmic rule and its enforcement on earth. In this way, this dissertation not only provides a novel interpretation of the Shield but also provides a method for using style as a hermeneutic tool that can be applied elsewhere in Greek poetry.
Stephen co-developed Mapping Greek Lyric: Places, Travel, Geographical Imaginary along with David Driscoll, Israel McMullin and Prof.Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi. This dynamic, online map charts the travel and places associated with Greek lyric poets and their poetry from the beginning of the 8th to end of the 5th century BCE. Likewise, he has co-designed the mass open online course, Sports and the University, through Stanford Online. This interdisciplinary course interrogates the role of athletics in education, from ancient Greece to modern college football.
Stephen has also served as joyous translator, actor, and director of Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT), a CESTA fellow, and can often be found exploying the Bay Area's BBQ foodways or cheering on the Tree at Stanford football games./*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/