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. I am the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship and a Loeb Foundation Fellowship. 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 book Paulinus of Nola: Life, Letters, and Poems was published in 1999 and Damasus of Rome: The Epigraphic Poetry in 2015. I am currenty at work on a monograph titled Monumental Verse: Poetry, Cityscape, and Authority in Late Ancient Rome and a collaborative volume on the late antique and medieval "lives" of the empress Constantina.