Currently: Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Oregon
I am an ancient historian with a research focus on fiscal aspects of empire in the ancient Mediterranean and the impact of religion and culture on commercial exchange. My area of primary expertise is Hellenistic history and material culture. Before coming to Berkeley, I completed an A.B. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University and a B.A. (first-class) in Classics from the University of Cambridge. I have received epigraphical training from Berkeley’s Sara B. Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy, and numismatic training from the American Numismatic Society. In 2010-2011, I was the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow at American School of Classical Studies at
Athens, as well as a participant in the summer seminar on Delos of the École Française d’Athènes. I graduated from the AHMA in Spring 2012, with minor fields in Roman economic history and the history of the Jews of the Graeco-Roman world. I currently hold a Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Haifa in the Department of General History.
My dissertation, “‘The Skeleton of the State’; the Fiscal Politics of Pergamon, 188-133 B.C.E.,” is a study of the political economy of Anatolia under the rule of the Attalids of Pergamon, in the period of that dynasty’s acme. I argue that the remarkable success of the Attalid imperial project owed a great deal to the forms of taxation and redistribution selected by these most notorious of Hellenistic arrivistes. While Attalid fiscal practice relied heavily upon civic institutions and promoted civic identities, it also created new collectivities and new vectors of cooperation, which helped break the traditional bounds of the Greek city-state on the model of the polis. The dissertation examines Attalid fiscal practice in four domains: the city budget, the institution of the gymnasium, the monetary system, and the tax system writ large.
Teaching experience at Berkeley includes Western Civilization/“Great Books,” Ancient Mediterranean History (San Quentin State Prison – Prison University Project), Hellenistic History, Roman Civilization, and Greek Myth.