Assistant Professor, General Faculty


Research Interests


My research interests include Latin literature of the early Empire (especially prose), the ancient novel, gender and sexuality, Greek and Roman religion, ancient interactions with the environment, literary representations of the underworld, and the reception of Alexander the Great.


My current research explores such themes as the intersections between gender and religious experience, the relationship between religion and fiction in ancient literature, and literary representations of human interactions with animals and the natural world.


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



“Apples to Apples: Forbidden Fruit in Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis” (forthcoming, TAPA)


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


“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.