Joe is a doctoral candidate in Yale’s combined program in Classics and History. His research embraces the social and economic history of the Hellenistic Mediterranean with a particular focus on the interface between environment and society in the rural communities of the Nile Valley. His dissertation examines the ramifications of administrative reform for networks of local power relations in Egypt under the first five Ptolemies. His current research hinges on the construction of a geospatial model for communication speed using data culled from third-century archives. Joe is also involved in the collection and analysis of historical data for the Volcanism, Climate, and Social Conflict project funded by the National Science Foundation. Joe arrived at Yale in 2016 after receiving his MA at Washington University in St. Louis, where he completed a thesis on shifting focalization as a narrative strategy for the representation of space in Apollonios Rhodios’ Argonautika. He attended Washington and Lee University as an undergraduate. When he is not ensconced in the library, he enjoys hiking along the Appalachian Trail in his native Virginia and debating the merits of New Haven’s various apizza vendors.