It all began with a book. I was studying Computer Science, rather happily I might add, at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. But this book, N.T. Wright's The Challenge of Jesus, as I recall, opened up to me the world of New Testament Scholarship. Soon I began learning ancient Greek, and then, soon thereafter, Latin. I became interested in early Christianity beyond the New Testament, and as I studied the two classical languages of the West, I would eventually fall in love with Homer, Sophocles, Vergil, and Ovid. By the time I graduated, I had defected in my heart from Computer Science and was planning to pursue graduate work in early Christianity.
I'm now in my fifth year of graduate work in the Department of Greek and Latin at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. My time here has been immensely stimulating, personally and professionally. In my heart I am a philologist, if not in the austere, modern sense, then in the original one– a lover of language and literature. I've been able to study deeply both the classics and early Christian literature, a rewarding though challenging task. My Ph.D. thesis combines these by examining the poetry of St. Gregory of Nazianzus and his engagement with the poetic program of the Alexandrian poets, chiefly Callimachus.
I have taught and assisted with a variety of courses at Catholic University in both Greek and Latin. In Fall, 2017 I'll be teaching again an undergraduate lecture course on Classical Mythology.
I am married for over five years, to Brianna, and we are parents to a baby boy: Gregory.