Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh; M.A. University of Pittsburgh; B.A. University of Minnesota
So much of what I love about Classics has to do with the idea of discourse within communities, and it seems to me that this is also at the heart of Loyola. Having such a wonderful group of people (faculty, staff, and students) around me who are also interested in issues of compassion, service, and social justice makes this a wonderful job.
My research is largely focused on the connection of food and political satire in the comedies of Aristophanes. This produces an odd set of articles and topics, ranging from discussions of sausages and assembly-meetings, to analogies linking drinking parties with jury service, to exploring the parallels between cooking and political speech. In addition to my work with Aristophanes, I also enjoy writing about modern representation of the Classical past in the films of to Coen brothers. My next research project will be a discussion of attitudes towards and representations of obesity in Greek and Roman literature.
In addition to my research projects, I am deeply dedicated to the promotion of the study of Ancient Greek. I have been writing Attic Prose section for the National Greek Exam since 2008 and I am part of the Committee for the Promotion of Greek, an organization dedicated to the continuing evolution of Ancient Greek pedagogy.
I received my B.A. in Ancient History and Greek from the University of Minnesota and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh. I have lived and worked in many places but I think I love New Orleans best. Along the way I’ve also become quite fond of football, bird-watching, thrift stores, anarchist philosophers, jazz, and the color pink.