As a Marty Fellow I anticipate a number of exciting challenges over the coming year, the first being the completion of my dissertation, which examines the way that religious ritual and sentiment were invoked and deployed in diplomatic relations between Rome and the cities and kings of the Hellenistic world. I look forward to discussions with other scholars, which can only enrich my thinking about the issues of my dissertation, and to the opportunity to gain facility in communicating the nature and relevance of my work to others within academiaand beyond. I especially welcome the challenge of devising a class in which I explore with students the ways that religious ideology was implicated in Rome's emerging empire. I am grateful to the Martin Marty Center for providing me with the opportunity to complete my dissertation in so dynamic and supportive an environment.
History "Rituals and Rhetoric: Religious Diplomacy in Republican Rome"