English and Latin Instructor
Tom has wide-ranging interests in language, literature, and history. He received a BA in Latin and Greek from the University of Minnesota, pausing part-way through college to spend a year backpacking across South America. After graduating, he served in Americorps with College Possible (a college-access program for low-income students) before pursuing his MA and PhD in Classics at UC Berkeley. He then lived and worked for a year at the American Academy in Rome, followed by a year at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
He has taught a variety of language and literature courses in Greek, Latin, and English, as well as civilization courses such as mythology, Roman civilization, and the history of the book. He has taught at UC Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Furman University, and San Quentin State Prison. His research projects have taken him to the Vatican Library (where scholars are saluted by the Swiss Guard) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Austria (where the mountains are sublime and the strudel endless).
Having grown up in Minnesota, he enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and (his most recent winter sport) curling. His years in Italy have given him a prodigious appetite for pasta, gelato, and Italian comic books. He now enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife and their three young children.
- Ancient Libraries and Renaissance Humanism. Brill, 2017. Winner of the Jozef IJsewijn Prize.
- An Intermediate Reader of Renaissance Latin. Platina's Lives of the Popes. Faenum: 2017. (Digital copy available here for free.) Co-authored with the students of his Renaissance Latin seminar: A. Berman, P. Croak, D. Gridley, S. Herrera, J. Lee, G. Rigby, G. Sommer, K. Ueno, and J. Wittemore.
- “How to Build Community in your Online Classroom” co-authored with Anna Pisarello (Eidolon)
- “Bite-Sized Latin” (In Medias Res)
- “Reading Greek in Latin” (In Medias Res).
- “Gender Diversity in Greek and Latin Grammar” (Ad Aequiora).
- “Beach Reading: Ten Easy Latin Works” (In Medias Res).
- “The Unbearable Lightness of Ovid” (In Medias Res)."Spoken Latin in the Works of C.S. Lewis" (In Medias Res)
- "Why So Few of Us Teach Neo-Latin, and Why More of Us Should" (Eidolon)
Peer-Reviewed Academic Articles:
- “Ancient Biography and the Italian Renaissance: Old Models and New Developments,” pp. 563- 574 in Koen De Temmerman, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography (Oxford, 2020) .
- “Spurious Manuscripts of Genuine Works: The Cases of Cicero and Virgil,” pp. 125–138 in J. Martinez, ed., Animo Decipiendi: Fakes, Forgeries and Issues of Authenticity in Classical Literature (Barkhuis, 2018).
- “The Serapeum: Dreams of the Daughter Library,” in Classical Philology 111.4 (2016) 453–464.
- “An Emendation to a Fragment of Varro’s De Bibliothecis (fr. 54 GRF Funaioli),” in Classical Quarterly 65.1 (2015) 395–397.
- “The Invention of the Greek Library,” in Transactions of the American Philological Association144.2 (2014) 371–413.
- “Poetry and Biography in the Athenaion Politeia: The Case of Solon,” in The Classical Journal109.1 (2013) 1–19.