Assistant Professor of Classics
Ph.D. in Ancient History University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Ancient History University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Classics University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. in History Patrick Henry College
Time at PHC: 2023 to present
Dr. West teaches Latin and Greek as well as courses in classical history and literature at PHC. His primary research interests are Roman social and political history; biography and historiography; the writings of Cicero and the Stoics; and ancient disability. His work on disability, which he is currently preparing for publication, develops a new methodology for discussing disability in a pre-modern context. He argues that since ancient thinkers did not make a clear distinction between disabled and non-disabled people, reading their works leads to the insight that disability is a universal aspect of the human condition. All human bodies and minds are vulnerable, and every person as well as all cultures face a need to grapple with and adapt to this reality.
A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a PHC alumnus (graduated 2014), Dr. West has a special appreciation for PHC's Christ-centered, classical pedagogy, which has deeply shaped his own trajectory as both a scholar and Christ-follower. He relishes the opportunity to pay this forward to a new generation of students. Outside of Greek and Roman classics, Dr. West enjoys video and board games, bluegrass music, and theater, especially the plays of Shakespeare.