Mitchell Brown, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and his B.A. from Wabash College in 2010. In 2008, he was a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (the Centro), where he returned as a faculty member for the 2017-18 season. His research interests include Greek and Roman drama, performance, and reception studies. In particular, he studies ancient comedy by combining material, historical, and textual evidence to understand plays as both cultural events and pieces of literature. In both his teaching and his research he strives to approach the Greek and Roman world not as a set of static objects and texts, but a dynamic space in which buildings, artwork, and writing affected and were affected by their various audiences. Mitch is also very interested in ancient sports, southern Italian vase painting, and the development of Julius Caesar as an ideological symbol in both the Roman Empire and later periods.