Roman historian and higher ed expert and consultant
I received my B.A. in Classics from the University of California, Irvine, my M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UCLA (I also attended the University of Heidelberg and the Free University in Berlin). I taught at the University of Oregon, at UCLA, at Harvard, where I also served as academic dean (John Winthrop House), and at Rutgers, where I was the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. From 2010-2012, I was the dean of Sage College of Albany as well as dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education. One of my books, Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Women in Roman Religion (University of Texas Press), looks at Roman women and the role they played maintaining Rome's socio-political structure as well as the understanding of the Roman self by means of religious rituals. Another one, The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium. The Power of Rhetoric (University of Cambridge Press) investigates how political rhetoric shaped the ancients’ reality and shows how the traditional virtues (the mos maiorum) are not simply repeated or adapted cultural patterns, but become tools for the legitimization of political power, authority, and even one nation's domination of another.
Higher Education Restructuring, Curriculum and Faculty Development, Assessment Strategies