Phil Walsh grew up in Chevy Chase, MD, and attended St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington, D.C. He graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in Classical Studies and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After working for three years as a business consultant, he went back to school, earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. He studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and his dissertation on the Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes, was awarded The Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize for outstanding research in the area of feminist studies.
From 2008 to 2016, Phil taught at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, where he offered a variety of classes in literature and writing, Latin, and ancient Greek. He also led a short-term study abroad trip to Greece during which he and his students visited archaeological sites, churches, and museums in Athens, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, and Thessaloniki.
Phil currently serves as the editor of The Classical Outlook, a peer-reviewed journal for teachers of Latin, Greek, and the ancient Mediterranean world. (Click here to read his editorial statement, “From the Editor: Continuity and Renewal at The Classical Outlook.”) His scholarly work has appeared in Classical Receptions Journal (Oxford), and he has written essays on teaching and learning for the online classics journal, Eidolon. His book, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes (reviewed here), was published in 2016.
Since arriving at St. Andrew’s, Phil has taught across the curriculum: Latin and ancient Greek at all levels, sections of English 2 and English 4, and an advanced studies seminar on Thucydides and Athenian democracy for the Department of History. He has also served as an Academic Advisor for the V Form boys. In the spring of 2019, he led eight St. Andrew’s students on a twelve-day study abroad trip to Italy. He lives on K Dorm with his wife, Mindy, and their three children, Brian, Eleanor, and Andrew.