I am an economic and social historian with an interest in money, disease and ecology in the ancient Roman world. My latest book, Pox Romana: The Plague that Shook the Roman World (2024, Princeton) offers a comprehensive, wide-ranging account of the world's first pandemic: the Antonine plague (AD 165-170s). My first book, Economic Theory and the Roman Monetary Economy (2020, Cambridge University Press) considers questions of applying economic theory to ancient societies which bear little resemblance to those under modern capitalism.
I teach courses on all aspects of Roman History, but I tend to focus on economic, social and environmental history, as well as historical methodology. I am honored to have recieved the David and Cheryl Morley Early Career Award for Outstanding Teaching (2021) and a Trustees Teching Award (2016). I especially enjoy sharing my research with the wider public (see below for latest media appearances and public talks).
I also deliver regular, free and public history content on my own history podcast: The Pax Romana Podcast.
Before coming to Indiana University in 2015, I was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and Ancient History at Washington and Lee University.