Dean for the Humanities

Professor of Classics

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

I work on mainly on Roman ideas about aesthetics, communication, and political action, especially as they hold (in my viewongoing 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 (AB 1991) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD 1997). I taught at the University of Washington and at Stanford before coming to NYU in 2004.  


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.  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.