Tom is a Classicist who works on performance in both Greek and Roman contexts. He recently completed his dissertation "The Life of the Kinaidoi," with the aid of a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This project considers the significance of the kinaidos/cinaedus, who is noted in classical literature for his effeminacy and for untoward sexual behavior, by examining this figure in Greek, Roman, and Greco-Roman Egyptian contexts.
Tom's academic interests more broadly are in ancient and modern performance cultures, contemporary dance and the classical world, and the history of sexuality. Alongside his work in the Department of Classics, Tom completed a graduate certificate in Gender Studies at USC and is an early career associate with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford.
Prior to pursuing the study of Classics, Tom was a professional dancer and choreographer working with institutions such as the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera House, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.