I am a sixth generation Texan, though I have now officially lived half of my life outside of Texas. Pennsylvania seems to have accepted me, though, and I at least think it’s going reasonably well.

Teaching and writing were all I ever wanted to do for a living, and, fortunately, I have found a few people willing to pay me for the former and a few people willing to give me some white space for the latter. For six years I combined my interests by teaching writing at the University of Pennsylvania, which was both stimulating and fun. In that program I designed and taught classes on everything from ancient magic to race in antiquity to the politics of belonging to fairy tales, and learned a great deal about pedagogy. After a surprising and exciting semester teaching Shakespeare in film at Temple University, I have returned to the field of classical studies, and am teaching Greek, Latin, and classics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple.

My research interests are wide ranging, and I have published in academic venues on Homer, writing pedagogy, classical reception, mythology, and American militant women suffrage. I also enjoy writing public-facing scholarship though, I must admit, writing has recently been put aside for getting a handle on remote teaching strategies and, well, living during a global pandemic in a moment of racial reckoning.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, admiring my cats, and dancing – I began studying Middle Eastern dance in 2005, picked up ballet in 2012, and went up on pointe in 2015. I also sew – clothes and quilts, in normal times, mostly face masks recently.

(If you know someone who needs one and can’t get one, DM me – I can send them one.)


PhD, Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Classical Philology, University of Texas at Austin

BA, Classics and Creative Writing, Columbia University

Other Publications

  • “Dreams,” encyclopedia entry for The Cambridge Guide to Homer, edd. Corinne Pache (Cambridge UP, 2020).

  • “Dr. Gertrude Elizabeth Curtis,” The Biographical Database of Militant Woman Suffragists, ed. Thomas Dublin (Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, 2019).

  • “Lida Stokes Adams” and “Florence Lukens Piersol,” The Online Encyclopedia of Women’s Suffrage, Pennsylvania (National American Woman Suffrage Association, 2018).

  • “Alison Turnbull Hopkins,” Women and Social Movements in the United States 21.1: 2017.

Blog Posts

  • Hello world! (Race in the Ancient Mediterranean: an open access version of a Temple GenEd, 2020-08-24)


Experimenting with Twitter – this semester I’m going to try to make my class on race in the ancient Mediterranean available to anyone as much as I can, so follow me there if you’re interested (and see also the ‘Race in the Ancient Mediterranean’ section here).

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