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 going 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 research fellowship at ANAMED, the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, and in fall 2018 I will take up a position as Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
My book in progress, Overnight Empire: The Attalids of Pergamon and Anatolia looks at how Pergamene habits of taxation, an innovative monetary system, imperial patronage of civic institutions and ecumenical cultural politics solidified Attalid rule in Anatolia. The project highlights the interface between royal and civic institutions and identities, both those of the Aegean polis as well as those of Anatolian polities built on different models.