Credit: Carter Brundage

I'm an associate professor in Classics and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia; I'm also joint general editor of the Ancient Commentators translation project, and Professor-in-Residence at UBC's Totem Park residence.

I study the philosophers of the ancient Graeco-Roman world, especially the vibrant intellectual traditions that emerged around Plato and Aristotle during their lives and later, during the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. I am particularly interested in the practice of philosophical education (paideia) in late antiquity, and the role that philosophy – ancient and modern – can play in cultivating public citizenship and human flourishing.

My recent books study the ancient reception of two classic "first books" in philosophy, Aristotle's Categories and Plato's Alcibiades, which respectively trained students in the rudiments of logic and virtue. Recently, I’ve also begun to work a little in cross-cultural philosophy, at the intersection of Platonism and Buddhism.

I'm also currently working on several projects in the scholarship of teaching & learning, learning technology, and community-engaged learning.


I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and completed my undergraduate degree in Classics (2004) at UBC’s Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies.

I subsequently completed my master’s degree (2006) and doctorate (2009) at the University of Oxford.

I began teaching at UBC in 2010.



Selected papers