His areas of interest include gender and sexuality, literary translation, and the intersections of poetry and philosophy. He is the author of Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood (Cambridge, 2001) and numerous articles and chapters on Hellenistic, Roman, and modern poetry. He coedited Seneca and the Self (Cambridge, 2009) and is currently writing on the tragedies of Seneca. He has served as the editor of Classical Philology, the chair of Comparative Literature, the director of the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), and the Resident Master of Max Palevsky. In the summer of 2015 he taught in the AcadeMe program in Beijing.