Ph.D. Ohio State University
MA, University of Western Ontario
BA, Concordia University
Areas of Interest
- Greek Sculpture (especially Hellenistic)
- Greek and Roman Art
- Hellenistic and Early Augustan Poetry
- The Antique in Italian Renaissance Art
I was born and grew up in Montréal, Quebec leading as normal life as possible in this superlative city. After attending Lower Canada College, I went to Concordia University and studied Marketing. Relatively quickly I realized that this was not a field of study that was of great interest to me and so I began fishing through the university calendar to see what else was available. I came across a department I had never heard of before: “Classical Studies”. The courses taught in this department were all subjects I had been interested in since I was a child (likely thanks to Asterix books) and so I began taking some night courses as I finished my Bachelor of Commerce. A few years later I finished my B.A. in Classics loving it to the point that I thought I might want to make this a career.
I then took my M.A. in Classics at The University of Western Ontario realizing that my broad interests in classics were most focused on ancient Greek art and sculpture especially. I then went to the Department of the History of Art at The Ohio State University to study under the incomparable Mark Fullerton. During this period, I went to Greece to take part in the regular program at The American School of Classical Studies. I decided this was as good a place as any to write my dissertation (The Nature of Hellenistic Domestic Sculpture in its Cultural and Spatial Contexts) and so stayed in Athens for three years. Upon completing my dissertation in 2005, I came back to Canada and took a position at The University of Waterloo, where I teach ancient Greek and Roman Art and just about anything else in the wonderful field of classics.
- "Breaking the Mould: Pliny’s NH 34.52 and Sculptural Technique.” Mouseion, Series III, Vol. 4 (2004): 239-274.
- Review of M. Cosmopoulos, ed, The Parthenon and its Sculptures. Cambridge, 2004. Mouseion, forthcoming.
- Review of “Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style and Context”. Conference held in Athens, 2002. Minerva, Vol. 14, Issue 2, March-April: 22-23
Works in Progress
- "Domestic Decorative Cohesion in the House of the Mosaics at Eretria”.
- "Personal Art Appreciation in the Hellenistic Age”.
- "Personality and the Artist: Damophon of Messene”. Artistic Personalities in Ancient Greece, forthcoming.
- "The New Doryphoros and some Implications”. Co-authored with Peter Schultz.
- Review of S. Dillon, Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles. Cambridge, 2006. Phoenix, forthcoming.
- "Hellenistic Domestic Religion: The Case of the Statues”. Presented at the Annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Canadian West (Saskatoon, 2006)
- "Wrestling with the Evidence: The House of the Mosaics and Domestic Decor”. Presented at the 105th Annual AIA Meetings in Boston (Boston, 2005).
- "Domestic Sculpture and Decor in the Hellenistic World”. Presented as a guest lecture at the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens (Athens, 2004).
- "Mythological Abductions and Rapes: Women’s Life-Rituals in Art.” Presented at the 103rd Annual APA Meetings in a Panel Session entitled Gender and the Interpretation of Classical Mythology sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus (New Orleans, 2003).
- "A Change in Fortune: Tyche in Menander’s Aspis and Fourth Century Culture.” Presented at a conference co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University entitled Menander’s Athens 320-280(Chicago, 2000).
- Corinth (Greece) Training Excavation: Supervised excavation of a Late Roman Building and an Early Modern grave (2002).
- Stymphalos (Greece) Excavations, Training and Summer Season: Excavated a Hellenistic road (1997).