- PhD, McMaster University, 1993
- MLitt, Trinity College, 1987
- BA, Trinity College, 1985
I have taught at Penn State since 1996. I was trained at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., M. Litt.) and McMaster University, Canada (PhD). My main research interests lie in the field of Roman history and archaeology, on which I have published two monographs (Bathing in Public in the Roman World [Ann Arbor, 1999] and The Lure of the Arena [Cambridge, 2011]) I have edited or co-authored three other books, and have numerous scholarly articles and chapters in print. In addition, I am interested in the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology and have published articles, organized conference panels, and edited a book studying the topic (Archaeological Fantasies [London, 2006]). I have appeared in the PBS science series Nova and on the History Channel, and have produced three courses with The Teaching Company, on the History of Ancient Rome, Emperors of Rome, and Great Battles of the Ancient World.
"I am a longtime member of the APA and the AIA and served as a member and then Chair of the AIA's Program for the Annual Meeting Committee from 2001 to 2011.
The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
(with M.F. Trundle, editor and contributor) New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare. History of Warfare no. 59. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2010.
“Violence in Roman Social Relations,” in M. Peachin (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 467-95.
“Bathing for Health with Celsus and Pliny the Elder,” Classical Quarterly 56 (2006): 190-207.
Bathing in Public in the Roman World. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.
Awards and Service:
Collaborative Teaching Grant, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University (2009)
Resident Scholarship, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University (2007)
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Universität zu Köln, Germany (2003-2004)
Research Grant, Undergraduate Research Assistant Fund, Pennsylvania State University (2000)