I am a Roman historian at Rutgers University – Camden (Assistant Professor of History). Prior to coming to Rutgers, I taught at Georgetown University (2019-20) and also spent a year long stint in Rome (2018-19). I received my Ph.D. from the interdepartmental Classical Studies graduate program at Columbia University in 2019, where I wrote a dissertation entitled, Youth and Power: Roman Performances of Age and Ageing from Plautus to Nero. My work examines Roman age and ageing and, in particular, the intersection of discourses about youth with the changing power relations at Rome from the birth of Plautus to the death of Nero. I am currently at work on my first monograph, based on the dissertation, which focuses on the period from 149 BCE to 68 CE. A second project, currently in its early stages, will look at non-elite spatial identities and modes of spatial perception in Roman urban contexts, as represented in both non-elite (primarily graffiti and inscriptions) and elite texts, as well as archaeological contexts and visual media.

I also have strong interests in: the ancient and contemporary history of displacement, migration, and refuge–among various other varieties of mobility;  Roman art history and archaeology; Latin epigraphy; Roman space; Roman gender and sexuality; Roman villa culture; Roman oratory and politics in the Republican period; Roman colonization; Roman slavery and freedpersons; comparative histories of slavery; Greek, Roman and modern historiography.


2019, PhD in Classical Studies, Columbia University.

2015, MPhil in Classical Studies, Columbia University.

2014, MA in Classical Studies, Columbia University.

2011, B.Anc.Hist. (Hons), Macquarie University, Australia. First Class. University Medal.


Books (Edited)

with Isayev, E. (2017–), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3). Open Access. Published on a rolling basis. Full print edition expected in late 2019.

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

(2018), “Like father, like son? The dynamics of family exemplarity and ideology in (fragmentary) Republican oratory.” in van der Blom, H., Gray, C., & Steel, C. (eds), Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome: speech, audience, and decision. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 267-282.

Reviews: Sehepunkte 19 (2019) 7/8 – F. KnopfAncient History Bulletin (2019) 9 – L. HodgsonJRS (2020) – R. Morstein-Marx.

(2019), “(Re)moving the Masses: Colonisation as Domestic Displacement in the Roman Republic.” in Isayev, E. and Jewell, E. (eds), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3): 1-41. Open Access: Download here.

(2020), “Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” in de Angelis, F. (ed.), Emperors in Images, Architecture, and Ritual: Augustus to Fausta. Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA), vol.5, Archaeological Institute of America (AIA): Boston, M.A: 17-40.

Forthcoming, “Remembering Differently: The exemplarity of populares as a site of ideological contest in late Republican oratory.” in Dinter, M. & Guérin, C. (eds), Cultural Memory in Republican and Augustan Rome. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Forthcoming, “Concepts of Youth, 500 BC – 500 CE.” in Laes, C. & Vuolanto, V. (eds), The Cultural History of Youth in Antiquity. Bloomsbury Press: London.

Book Reviews

(2016), [Review Article] “Another social history of Roman “youth”, with questions about its restlessness”, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 29: 642-650. Review of: Laes, C. & Strubbe, J. (2014), Youth in the Roman EmpireThe Young and the Restless Years? Cambridge University Press.

Response from C. Laes in Saelesianum 79 (2017) 717-732.

Forthcoming, review in Bryn Mawr Classical Review of: Loar, Matthew, Sarah Murray and Stefano Rebeggiani (ed.), (2019), The cultural history of Augustan Rome: texts, monuments, and topography. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming, review in Classical World of: Jones, Nathaniel B. (2019), Painting, Ethics, and Aesthetics in Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming, review in Acta Classica of: Hölkeskamp, Karl-Joachim, Sema Karataş and Roman Roth (eds) (2019) Empire, Hegemony or Anarchy? Rome and Italy, 201–31 BCE. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

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