Professor of Greek and Roman Studies and Religion
Ph.D., Classics, University of California, Irvine; M.A. Classics, University of California, Irvine; B.A., New College of Florida
Jesse recently arrived at Wesleyan from California, where he previously taught courses in Classics at the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Long Beach. He teaches a broad array of topics across Greek and Roman Studies, and his primary research interests encompass Latin epic, drama, and reception studies. Jesse’s current book project examines intersections of politics, poetry, and physics in Lucan’s Bellum Civile through the poem’s ruminations on monuments and its engagement with material philosophy. He is also the author of numerous recent and forthcoming articles on classical traditions in modern culture. Jesse was named a Program Scholar with Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, and he has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. His essay “Antigone in Juárez: Tragedy, Politics, and Public Women on Mexico’s Northern Border” was awarded the 2013 Women’s Classical Caucus Prize for the best paper (post Ph.D.) addressing women’s or gender studies in classical antiquity. Outside of the classroom, Jesse is an avid rock climber, and he is excited to explore the craggier side of the Midwest. So far, his climbing trips have taken him to dozens of countries across five continents.