Michael Leese

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IPGRH Grad Student

Doctoral Student, Greek & Roman History

  • About

    Michael completed a B.A. (Classics) in 2003, and an M.A. (Latin Education) at the University of Connecticut in 2004, followed by an M.A. (Classics) at the University of British Columbia in 2006 prior to coming to UM. His research interests are centered on the economic and social history of the ancient Greek world, especially from the Archaic to the late-Classical period. He was Virginia Grace Fellow and Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the 2011-12 academic year, where he was able to learn about ancient Greece firsthand. Having won a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year, Michael is currently finishing his dissertation (co-directed by Bruce Frier and Sara Forsdyke) on individual economic behavior and money-making strategies in Classical Greece, applying the methods of economics, economic anthropology, and sociology. In particular, he is exploring how individual money-making strategies and economic behavior determined the performance of the economy as a whole. He has presented papers on Diodorus Siculus, Athenian public financial administration, Thucydides, Xenophon’s Oeconomicus, and the Athenian grain trade, and will be presenting a paper at the 2013 APA Annual Meeting on a potential barrier to economic growth in ancient Greece.  

    Dissertation Title: "Economic decision-making and money-making strategies in Ancient Greece"