I study the cultural and intellectual history of Germany in the period 1500-1800. My dissertation, a cultural history of Cologne between 1550 and 1600, describes the emergence of Stoicism in philosophy and the visual arts between the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the Dutch Revolt. Central to this research are the history of urban society, the history of religious practice and the history of the concept of madness.
My teaching ranges Mediterranean antiquity to the European early modern period, including the Latin and ancient Greek languages. My other research interests include: the history of Greek art criticism, early modern French literature, and German literature from early modernity to the twentieth century.
I received a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2016 and an MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Cambridge in 2017. From 2020 to 2021 I was a DAAD scholar in German Studies at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. My research has also been supported by the Gates Foundation and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies.
William Theiss, "Conrad Peutinger's Treatise on Greek Art," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 82 (2019): 159-194.