Assistant Professor, General Faculty


Research Interests


My research interests include Latin literature of the late Republic and Empire (especially prose), the ancient novel, gender and sexuality, Greek and Roman religion, literary representations of the underworld, human/animal interactions in ancient literature, and the reception of Alexander the Great.


My current research explores such themes as intersections between gender and religious experience, the relationship between religion and fiction in ancient literature, and literary representations of the bonds between humans and animals in different genres.


I am currently at work on a monograph on religion in the ancient novel.



“Petronius’ Talking Birds: Mimicry and Death in the Cena Trimalchionis” (forthcoming, Classical Philology)

“Medieval and Renaissance Italian Receptions of the Alexander Romance Tradition,” for Kenneth R. Moore, ed., Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great (forthcoming).    



I received my Ph.D. in Classics from Brown University (2015) and my B.A. in Latin summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary (2008). Before coming to the University of Virginia, I taught at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. I enjoy SCUBA diving, hiking, and jazz.