He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards in support and recognition of his research, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship program, and the American Philosophical Society. In 1997 he held a senior visiting fellowship at All Souls College Oxford. In 2003 he was the recipient of the “Perennial Wisdom Medal” from the Monuments Conservancy in New York City. His first book, The Sacred Identity of Ephesos: Foundation Myths of a Roman City, won the 1989 Routledge Ancient History Prize. In 2004 his biography, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness was published by Random House; it was selected as a History Book club featured alternate, and has been translated into Russian and Greek. His textbook, Roots of the Western Tradition: A Short History of the Ancient World, co-authored with C. Warren Hollister, is in its eighth edition. His most recent book, The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos: Cult, Polis, and Change in the Graeco-Roman World, was published by Yale University Press in November of 2012. He was Chairman of the History Department of Wellesley College from 1997 to 2001, and again during 2012. He was appointed to the Macricostas Chair of Hellenic and Modern Greek Studies at Western Connecticut State University from 2006-08, the first endowed chair within the state system. He currently is Professor of Classics and History, and holder of the Kemper endowed Chair at Wellesley College. His interests include classical music, painting, oenology, and travel. He grew up and still lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.