B.A. in Classics from the University of California, Irvine,
M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UCLA (I also attended the University of Heidelberg and the Free University in Berlin).
Before I came to Rutgers, I taught at the University of Oregon, at UCLA, and at Harvard. From 2006-2010, I served as the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
One of my most recent books, published by Cambridge University Press (The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium. The Rhetoric of Empire), deals with the power of rhetoric, how words and notions of virtue shaped the ancient but also our modern political discourse. Another book, Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Women in Roman Religion (University of Texas Press), looks at Roman women and the role they played maintaining Rome's socio-political structure as well as the understanding of the Roman self by means of religious rituals. I also oversaw the creation of two sets of dictionaries, one for the ancient and the other for the modern world (ten volumes altogether), that introduce high school students to civilizations of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Americas (The Ancient World and The Modern World, M.E. Sharpe).
I am the founder and editor-in-chief of a scholarly series, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Rowman and Littlefield, Ltd.). This series focuses on subjects related to the Roman world, examined from a multitude of angles, with the goal to invite works with new and alternative approaches, especially from younger scholars whose work connects more than one discipline and that evoke us to think beyond established patterns and models of explanation.
My present research focuses on Roman perception of space as well as the integration of computer generated modeling in the humanities and social sciences.