Biography

I grew up in a small town in the United States called Santa Barbara, which is in California just north of Los Angeles. I majored in Classics and Theatre Studies at Yale University as an undergraduate before coming to Oxford to complete an MPhil in Classical Languages and Literature at Worcester College. I am now completing a DPhil with the generous help of the Clarendon Foundation, and I still occasionally perform in my free time — you can catch me singing with the Jesus College Chapel Choir or acting in the Oxford Greek Play.

Research

I work on the relationship between words and melody in Hellenistic scholarship. My research explores the ways in which Greek musical and literary theorists describe the interaction of tune and language to create meaning. The main subject of my DPhil thesis is Philodemus of Gadara’s fragmentary treatise On Music. But the questions raised by that text require me to deal with a diverse array of authors, especially Aristoxenus of Tarentum and Diogenes of Babylon.

Teaching

I am delighted to be teaching at Exeter on a variety of subjects related to the analysis and appreciation of Ancient Greek literature. Euripides and Plato are particular personal favourites, but I have worked with students on numerous authors including Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Herodotus, and Pindar. I also teach the syntax and morphology of the Greek language for the purposes of unseen translation and prose composition.