Academic administrative service



Curriculum Committee, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University



Coordinator, Human Biology Core 2B, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University



Executive Committee, Stanford Center for Population Research



Dean’s Advisory Committee, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University


2008-10, 2011-15

Chair, Department of Classics, Stanford University


2008-10, 2011-14

Appointments and Promotions Committee, Humanities and Arts Cluster, Stanford University



Executive Committee, Urban Studies Program, Stanford University



Appointments and Promotions Committee, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University (substitute member)



Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Classics, Stanford University



Ancient History Track Advisor, Department of Classics, Stanford University



Faculty Advisory Board, Social Science History Institute, Stanford University



Acting College Librarian, Darwin College, Cambridge



Governing Body and Library Committee, Darwin College, Cambridge



Student/faculty representative, Department of Ancient History, University of Vienna



Affiliated faculty (Stanford University)


Center for Population Research

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality

Program in Human Biology

Social Science History Program

Urban Studies Program



Professional service



Co-editor, Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte and Historia Einzelschriften



Editorial board, Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History



International Advisory Board, Center for the Comparative Study of Antiquity, Chinese University of Hong Kong



Editorial Board, Societies



Co-editor, monograph series Oxford Studies in Early Empires (Oxford University Press, New York)



Advisory Board, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis



Co-coordinator, Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics



Associate of Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Contributor to the annual bibliographical supplement of research on slavery in Slavery and Abolition



Member of the research group on ancient slavery of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, Germany



Member of the editorial staff of Tyche


Evaluation of book manuscripts or proposals for Ashgate; Brill; Cambridge University Press; MIT Press; Oxford University Press; Princeton University Press; Routledge; Rowman & Littlefield; Sloan Publishing; Storm King Publishing; University of California Press; University of Chicago Press; University of Missouri Press; University of North Carolina Press


Evaluation of article manuscripts for American Anthropologist; American Political Science Review; Ancient East and West; Ancient History Bulletin; Ancient Society; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research; Classical Bulletin; Classical Philology; Comparative Studies in Society and History; Current Anthropology; Economic History Review; Enterprise and Society; Evolutionary Psychology; Explorations in Economic History; Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies; Historia; Historical Methods; Journal of Economic History; Journal of Hellenic Studies; Journal of the History of Economic Thought; Journal of Institutional Economics; Journal of Interdisciplinary History; Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology; Journal of Population Research; Journal of Roman Archaeology; Journal of Roman Studies; Journal of Social Archaeology; Mouseion; Palestine Exploration Quarterly; Phoenix; Politics and the Life Sciences; Structure and Dynamics; Transactions of the American Philological Association; Tyche; Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik


Institutional evaluations for Boston University; Universität Innsbruck


Evaluation of 15 appointment and promotion cases for research universities in the USA and the UK


Nominations and evaluation of fellowship and grant applications for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Estonian Science Foundation, the European Research Council, the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Volkswagen Stiftung


Expert witness, Supreme Court of British Columbia


Chair, Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Stanford University, 2006


External member, Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, University of Michigan, 2004



Professional memberships


American Numismatic Society; Association of Ancient Historians; Human Behavior and Evolution Society; International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies; Social Science History Association; Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies; Whedon Studies Association (charter associate); World History Association