Hailing from sunny Sydney, Australia, Evan is currently ABD and writing a dissertation entitled, Youth and Power: Roman Discourses of Age and Ageing from Plautus to Nero. His dissertation research examines the intersection of Roman discourses about youth(fulness) with the changing power relations at Rome over the span of nearly three centuries. He draws upon theoretical and methodological frameworks from performance theory and cultural anthropology to ask new questions about Roman perceptions of ageand age appropriate behavior. In so doing, he argues that we can view age as a performance, whereby age-roles existed in Roman society, following historically contingent “scripts”, which constituted a significant element of elite male citizen identity. His work tracks the diachronic changes in these scripts and draws on diverse corpora to recover these scripts, bringing into dialogue literary works, inscriptions, graffiti, and artistic media, particularly sculpture and numismatics.
Beyond his dissertation, Evan has published or forthcoming work on Roman youth, ideology and exemplarity in Republican oratory, and Neronian portraiture. He is also currently co-editing (with Elena Isayev) a volume of papers on displacement in the ancient Mediterranean and contemporary world, and as a result of this project he hopes to pursue issues of non-elite spatial identity in the future.
Evan has also participated in Columbia University’s (APAHA) excavations at the Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa), at Tivoli, Italy and as such, he maintains a strong interest in Roman material culture, both in his research and pedagogy.
While at Columbia, Evan has had the joy to be an instructor of Latin from the Elementary to Intermediate levels, as well as a Teaching Assistant in Hellenistic and Roman history courses. In the Fall of 2016, as a Teaching Scholar, Evan taught his own self-designed undergraduate seminar,Youth in Ancient Rome. He has held fellowships in the Center for Teaching and Learning (Lead Teaching Fellow, Senior Lead Teaching Fellow) and was a co-organizer of the Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC) in the Department of Classics for 2017-18.
In his spare time, Evan enjoys exploring his (long dormant) American roots, trying out as many new recipes as possible, taking photos of ancient (and modern) places and, when he gets the chance, cycling around New York (and beyond) to discover its hidden gems, from beachside taco stands to abandoned, historic places.