I became a member of the department in 2000, after serving as Assistant and Associate Professor in the Classics Department at Tufts University. I am primarily interested in the history and literature of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages I am the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, a Loeb Foundation Fellowship, and the Archie K Davis Fellowship at the National Humanities Center. I have been president of the North American Patristics Society and am currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Late Antiquity and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Christian Studies. On two occasions I was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. My first book Paulinus of Nola: Life, Letters, and Poems was published in 1999 and Damasus of Rome: The Epigraphic Poetry appeared in 2015 (OUP). More recent is The Lives of Saint Constantina (OUP 2020), co-written with Marco Conti and Virginia Burrus. I am currently at work on a monograph titled Monumental Verse: Poetry, Cityscape, and Authority in Late Ancient Rome.