I am a specialist in the Hellenistic Mediterranean world with a particular focus on economic and legal history. My current research centers on the understanding of the multi scalar impacts of climatic change on the economic history of the premodern world, specifically in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean, and on the integration of natural and human archives toward a new historical ontology.
I have published four monographs: The Hauswaldt Papyri. A Family Archive from Edfu in the Ptolemaic Period. Demotische Studien, Vol. 12. Würzburg, 1997, Land and power in Ptolemaic Egypt. The structure of land tenure 332-30 BCE. Cambridge University Press, 2003, and The last pharaohs. Egypt under the Ptolemies, 305 – 30 BC. Princeton University Press, 2009. My new book, The Open Sea. The Economic Life of the Ancient Mediterranean World from the Iron Age to the Rise of Rome, has just appeared with Princeton University Press. I am in the process of completing a survey of Hellenistic History for the University of Edinburgh Press,
I have also edited (with Ian Morris, Stanford University) a volume on economic history: The Ancient Economy: Evidence and Models. Stanford University Press, 2005, and Law and society in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest (330 BC-640 AD. Co-edited with J.G. Keenan & Uri Yiftach. Cambridge University Press. With R.J. Jasnow, The Demotic and Hieratic Papyri in the Suzuki Collection of Tokay University, Japan appeared in 2016. The edited volume in honor of Pierre Briant, Writing History in Time of War. Michael Rostovtzeff, Elias Bickerman and the "Hellenization of Asia" appeared in 2015 with Franz Steiner Verlag.
Before coming to Yale, I taught for 12 years at Stanford University and two years at Princeton University. I have appointments in both the Classics and the History Departments at Yale, and am also a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. I am a collaborative member of Yale’s Program in Economic History, and co-coordinator of Yale's Archaia program. I received my B.A. from Ohio State, and an A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.