I received my B.A. in Linguistics from UC San Diego and J.D. from Seattle University. After two careers as a software developer and lawyer, I decided to take a sabbatical to finally indulge my lifelong desire to learn Latin. One thing led to another, and in 2013 I earned my M.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Philology from the University of Arizona. My M.A. thesis examines Lucretius’ use of the physical characteristics of letters and their associated speech sounds to simultaneously both explain the Epicurean atomic theory and support that theory according to Epicurean precepts, with evidence observable by the five senses. I am excited to have the opportunity to further explore the ways the ancients expressed and understood their world with UCSB’s widely inquisitive and enthusiastic faculty. Last but not least, it is a thrill to be back west of I-5 and on the dynamic Pacific Rim.