Joshua Allbright

Dornsife Fellow in General Education


I received by B.A. in Ancient Greek & Latin from Boston University in 2016, where I completed certificates in Modern Greek and French.

My research focuses primarily on (Attic) Greek prose of the 5th and 4th centuries BC and the historical and cultural development of the Athenian democracy of the 4th century. I make use of cognitive theories that could be considered “enactivist”, by which I mean that I focus on the relationality of different entities in a given system (here, the Athenian polis). I’m also a trained epigrapher and have published in the field of papyrology.

My dissertation project aims to offer a history of civic education in the Athenian democracy of the 4th century BCE and analyzes through the “enactivist” lens the ways the Athenians used civic education to foster political stability in an otherwise turbulent century. 

On the side I like reading and studying French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and doing comparative work in Modern Greek literature, history, and culture. 


  • M.A. Classics, University of Southern California, 5/2018
  • B.A. Classics, Boston University, 5/2016
  • Other Employment

    • Latin Teacher, Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), 2018-2019
  • Journal Article

    • Allbright, J. (2021). The Rhetoric of aikia in Petitions from Roman Egypt. Journal of Juristic Papyrology. Vol. 51, pp. 1-26.