My particular areas of research interest are the social and economic history of the Roman Empire, rhetoric and oratory, and urban problems in the ancient world. My major publications include a number of books, among them, Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome (Johns Hopkins 2007), Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome (Johns Hopkins, 1999), Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii and Ostia (Univ. of Oklahoma, 2009), and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in the Ancient World (Greenwood, 2004), as well as various chapters in books and articles. I just finished writing two more books, The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What the Greeks and Romans Have Done For Us with A. Aldrete (Continuum 2012) and Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery: Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Armor with S. Bartell and A. Aldrete (Johns Hopkins, Forthcoming). I have been fortunate enough to have held a number of fellowships which have enhanced my understanding of the ancient world and made possible research trips to Italy to view museum collections and archaeological sites. Most pleasant of these were two NEH fellowships which allowed me to spend several summers at the American Academy in Rome. Additionally, I was awarded a full-year NEH Humanities Fellowship for 2004-2005 which enabled me to spend the year finishing my book on floods. In 2006, I attended an NEH seminar at UCLA that investigated using high-tech three-dimensional virtual reality models of ancient Rome as aids to teaching and research. One of my ongoing research endeavors is a collaborative project with students that attempts to reconstruct and test a type of ancient body armor known as a linothorax, which is made out of laminated layers of linen. (See 'UWGB Linothorax Project' link below for more details).
Education: B.A., Princeton; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan
- Foundations of Western Culture I
- Perspectives on Human Values: The Classical World
- History of Ancient Greece
- History of Ancient Rome
- Topics in Ancient History
- Interdisciplinary Themes and Great Works