I am an ancient historian and classicist. I focus on the use of material culture--predominantly inscriptions, papyri, and archaeological remains--in order to investigate persons deemed disreputable by Roman law. These people include criers, funeral/theatrical directors, and those employed within the funeral trade. I am further interested in the formation and crystallization of notions of disrepute, and the use of law to marginalize these occupations. Currently, I am investigating the ways in which Late Antique rulers used the legal status of infamia so as to marginalize and disable religious sects such as the Manichaeans. The social and legal transformation of the Roman world in Late Antiquity, and the ways in which seemingly minor persons were affected by these shifts, are crucial aspects of my research that continue to fascinate me.