Born in Baltimore, Maryland but raised in the heart of Virginia, R. Scott Smith earned his BA in Classics (Latin and Greek) at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, in 1993, spending a semester in Rome and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Fall 1991. Traveling afar to the bleak Midwest, he took is AM in Classics in 1996 and PhD in Classical Philology in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In that year he thankfully received the call from this glorious institution, where he has taught and advised thousands of students in Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilization. His research interests focus on classical mythology and the philosopher-poet Seneca the Younger (4 BC–65 AD), and he is currently working on a translation of Seneca's tragedies for Penguin Publishers. With his not-so-vast amounts of free time he likes to play volleyball and bridge, cook (and of course, eat), play trumpet, and draw, all while desperately hoping that the Red Sox repeat their 2004 magic.
University Dialogue contribution: What is Democracy, and is it "The One"?