Prof Andrew M. Riggsby

Prof Andrew M. Riggsby

Andrew M. Riggsby is Lucy Shoe Meritt Professor in Classics and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has also been Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Wisconsin), Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and Stanley Kelley Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Classics at Princeton University.  The author of three books and numerous articles on Roman political and legal culture, he has turned his research focus in recent  years to the organization of information in the Latin-speaking world.  He is working on two books, one on deliberately constructed organizational devices, and one on the interaction of standard cognitive processes with culturally distinctive content.  The main cognitive focuses of this research are (a) the co-evolution of physical information technologies and more conceptual devices and (b) the role of unconscious inferential mechanisms in persuasive rhetoric (especially outside of explicitly persuasive situations).