Monographs in progress

The great leveler: violence and the global history of inequality, under contract with Princeton University Press (c.200 p., to be completed in 2016)

The demography of the Greco-Roman world, ‘Key themes in ancient history’ series, under contract with Cambridge University Press (c.200 p., to be completed in 2017)

Explaining empire: models for ancient history, ‘Oxford Studies in Early Empires’ series, under contract with Oxford University Press (to be completed c.2020)

The emperor’s new blood: violence, succession and the nature of the Roman monarchy (to be completed c.2020)


Edited volumes in progress

[co-edited with John Bodel] After “Slavery and social death” (completed; under review)

The science of ancient history: biology, climate and the future of the past, under contract with Princeton University Press (completion planned for 2015)

[co-edited with Peter Bang and Chris Bayly] The Oxford world history of empire, under contract with Oxford University Press (2 vols., completion planned for 2015/16)


Future book projects

City-state and empire in Eurasia and Mesoamerica (co-edited volume)

The wolf and the dragon: comparing empire in ancient China and the Mediterranean

Counterfactuals and the construction of ancient history

Ancient slavery and modern comparisons

Clio at large: comparative explorations in ancient history (re-worked collected essays)

Brother-sister and parent-child marriage in pre-modern societies


Book chapter in progress or planned

[with James Belich] ‘Demographies of empire’, for Peter Bang, Chris Bayly and Walter Scheidel (eds.), The Oxford World History of Empire, under contract with Oxford University Press


Journal articles in progress or planned

[with Ian Morris] ‘Comparative ancient history’, for Daedalus

‘Monarchical succession and dynastic continuity in world history’

‘The short lives of monarchs’

‘The ‘First Great Divergence’: causes and consequences of post-ancient state formation in eastern and western Eurasia’

Femicide and sex ratios in the ancient Mediterranean world’

‘Beyond Taagepera: global long-term trends in the scale of state formation’

‘Death and renewal in a Roman local elite: the album of Canusium reconsidered’

‘Zoroastrian close-kin marriage: a corpus of testimonies with bibliography’ (e-publication)


(For forthcoming work in press, see Publications. For collaborative projects, see Collaborations.)