I am a J.D./Ph.D. candidate living, teaching, and writing in New York City. I study how law informs—and is informed by—the way its subjects see the world.
My recent work focuses on how the normative commitments of our antidiscrimination laws differ from those of civil rights activists and popular conceptions of discrimination and fairness. I take particular interest in how LGBT protections extend beyond formal guarantees of equality. My work has been published in Classical World, the Tennessee Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.
I currently teach a course at Columbia University on the history of Western political thought. I have also taught classes on classical Latin as well as Roman and Egyptian history.
My dissertation, Playing the Judge: Law and Imperial Messaging in Severan Rome, explores how emperors in the first half of the third century A.D. used law as a tool for self-legitimation and ideologically charged speech. I have also written about the effects of these sorts of propagandistic laws on Roman social and economic life.