Professor Richard received his Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University in 1988. His research interests include intellectual history, American history, and the history of ancient Greece and Rome.
His books include: The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment (Harvard, 1994); Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation's Thought (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States (Harvard, 2009); Why We're All Romans: The Roman Contribution to the Western World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010); When the United States Invaded Russia: Woodrow Wilson's Siberian Disaster (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); and The Founders and the Bible (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He has also contributed a host of essays to edited volumes, including two books published by Oxford University Press.
Recently taught classes:
- US History to 1877
- Ancient Greece and Rome
- Historiography (Graduate)
- Classical Civilizations (Graduate)