I hold a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters at Wesleyan. My research focuses on Plato’s views on the role and purpose of argument in civic life, and I have recently finished a book on this topic titled Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. The courses I teach usually cover a variety of themes in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, such as the nature of happiness, justice, and virtue, but as a member of an interdisciplinary department in the humanities, I also regularly offer courses on the history and literature of the ancient world.
Before coming to Wesleyan, I received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University, where I completed a dissertation supervised by Richard Kraut (chair), Tad Brennan, and Martha Nussbaum. Before that, I received my B.A. in philosophy and English from Colgate University. Before that, I attended boarding school in India for four years. And before that, I grew up in Bournemouth, England — well known to children across the world as the place where stuff goes down in The Witches by Roald Dahl.