Assistant Professor, General Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor. His research interests are in Greek and Roman historiography, ancient science and technology, leadership, and political thought. He is the author of two articles appearing on learning from experience in the Histories of Polybius (Classical Quarterly) and on the technique of fire-signaling as represented in Greek historians (Histos). His current book project -- Polybius: Experience and the Lessons of History -- explores the competing concepts of personal experience and learning from history as represented in the historical narrative and historiographical principles of Polybius.
My research focuses primarily on Greek and Roman historiography. This includes an interest in the connections between historiography and other areas of study such as science and technology, political thought, and practices of leadership.
My current book project -- Polybius: Experience and the Lessons of History -- explores the conflict in Polybius' work between the unrivaled value of learning from personal experience and his emphasis on the instructional purpose of history. To clarify Polybius' views on the proper pathway to true knowledge, my study traces the development of prominent figures -- such as Hannibal and Scipio Africanus -- as the learn from these methods in the course of Polybius' historical narrative.
“Learning from Experience: Polybius and the Progress of Rome.” Classical Quarterly 67 (2017), 132-148.
“Proof through the Night: Representations of Fire-signaling in Greek Historiography.” Histos (forthcoming).
review of Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus, by L. I. Hau (2016). RSR (submitted).
review of Polybius and His World: Essays in Memory of F. W. Walbank, edited by B. Gibson and T. Harrison (2013). RSR 40.3.153.
I received my Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Virginia in 2013. I subsequently taught at James Madison University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville before returning to UVA in 2016.