Dean for the Humanities

Associate Professor of Classics

Note under recent work: APA 2014 Handout as promised on Twitter

The Deliberating Citizen: an occasional blog

Going on the Market: a handbook for classicists and ancient historians

I work on mainly on Roman ideas about communication, aesthetics, and political action, especially as they hold (in my opinionongoing relevance for the modern world.  I started my study of classical literature and culture at Middlesex Schoolwhere I currently serve on the board of trustees, and continued at Princeton (1991) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD 1997). I taught at the University of Washington and at Stanford before coming to NYU in 2004.  


In recent years, I've put my interest in governance into practice by serving as Director of Honors for the College of Arts and Science at NYU, then as Director of the Morse Academic Plan, NYU's required liberal arts curriculum, and now as Dean for the Humanities.  Each fall I spend a week or two on the island of San Servolo at the Venice International University, as a member of the Advanced Seminar in Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Studies -- hence the image of San Marco above.  I spent the spring term of 2012 in Wassenaar near the Hague, where I was a fellow at the NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, whose icon is the owl of Athena.  When I can, I hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  And while his artistic practice bars me from putting up an image of his work, I have greatly valued my work for and in the pieces of Tino Sehgal, recent winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Bienniale.