Academic History

  • PhD, Department of Classics, Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World, University of Chicago, June 2009

  • MA, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World, University of Chicago, December 2002.

  • BA, Classics, University of Chicago, June 2001.

Academic Awards

  • Campbell R. McConnell Fellow, Cornell College, 2016-17.
  • Commencement Speaker, Cornell College, 2015.
  • Howard and Doris Troyer Faculty Award, Cornell College, 2015.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2012-13.

  • Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship, 2012-13.

  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, 2012-13.

  • Gaarde-Morton Junior Faculty Award, Cornell College, 2010-2011.

  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009.

  • Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, 2007-2008.

  • Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, Divinity School, University of Chicago, 2006-07.

  • Student Marshal, University of Chicago, 2000-2001.

  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Chicago, 2001.



  • Honor Among Thieves: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt. University of Michigan Press, 2016.

Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • “Associations in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt,” in The Oxford Handbook of Economies in the Classical World, A. Bresson, E. Lo Cascio, and F. Velde, eds. (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).
  • "Dying to Belong: Associations and the Economics of Funerals in Egypt and the Roman World," in Associations in Context: Rethinking Associations and Religion in the Post-Classical Polis, A. Cazemier and S. Skalts, eds., forthcoming. 
  • "P.Mich.Inv. 424: Packing List of a Katholikos," Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 53 (2016): 175-188.
  • “Courting the Associations: Cooperation, Conflict, and Interaction in Roman Egypt,” in Private Associations and the Public Sphere in the Ancient World, V. Gabrielsen and C. A. Thomsen, eds. (Copenhagen: Royal Danish Academy, 2015), 314-340.
  • "Risk Management: Social Capital and Economic Strategies on Late Roman Estates in Oxyrhynchus," Historia 63 (2014): 463-486.
  • "Matters of Trust: Associations and Social Capital in Roman Egypt," Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin, vol.1, issue 2  (2013).
  • “A Receipt from the Holy Church of God at Hermopolis,” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011): 89-97.

  • “Family Affairs: Guild Regulations and Family Relationships in Roman Egypt,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 50 (2010): 273-294.

  • “What’s in a Name?: Greek, Egyptian and Biblical traditions in the Cambyses Romance,” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 43 (2006): 139-158.


Areas of Expertise

  • Greek, Roman, and Late Antique History

  • Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine Egypt
  • Ancient Economy
  • Papyrology


  • "The Epigraphic Habit of Associations in Roman Egypt," University of Chicago, Early Christian Studies Workshop, May 24, 2016.
  • Dying to Belong: Death, Burial, and Egyptian Associations,” Bridges Between Life and Death: On Funerary Practice in Graeco-Roman Egypt, Center for the Study of Ancient Religion, University of Chicago, November 16, 2012; and CSIC, Madrid, Spain, February 25, 2013.

  • “The Economics of Association Funerals and Commemoration,” Associations in Context: Rethinking Associations and Religion in the Post-Classical Polis, Copenhagen Associations Project International Symposium, University of Copenhagen, October 11-13, 2012.

  • “The View from Below -- Guilds, Law, and the Economy,” Legal Regimes and Legal Change, University of California, Berkeley, April 15, 2012.
  • “Risky Business: Living with Uncertainty and Risk on the Apion Estate in Late Roman Egypt,” University of Iowa, Department of Classics Colloquium, March 22, 2012.

  • “Group Thinking: Associations and Economic Behavior in First Century Egypt,” The Urban Economy in the Roman World: Synthesizing Historical and Archaeological Approaches, University of Chicago, February 3-4, 2012.

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Department Chair, Classical and Modern Languages Department (2017-present)
  • Humanities Representative, Divisional Council (2017-present)
  • Chair/Program Advisor, Classical Studies (2014-2016)
  • Co-Chair/Program Advisor, Archaeology (2014-2016)
  • Committee on Administration (2013-2015); Subcommittee on Faculty Salaries (Chair, 2014-15)

  • Dean's Curriculum Advisory Committee (2013-14)
  • Committee on Student Life (2010-2012); Subcommittee on Student Governance
  • Student Symposium Committee (2010-11)

  • Cornell College Assessment Planning Committee (Classical and Modern Languages Department Representative, 2010-2012)

  • President, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Cornell College (2011-12); Vice-President (2010-11)

  • Marketing Subcommittee of the College Wide Strategic Planning Committee (2012)