Paul Christesen, Associate Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, specializes in the history of ancient Greece, with a particular focus on athletics and economic value systems in the Archaic and Classical Periods (700-323-BCE). He received his B.A. in History and Classical Studies from Dartmouth College in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University in 2001. He is presently writing a book that situates ancient Greek athletics in its sociopolitical context.

Professor Christesen has won awards both for his scholarship and for his teaching. He is the author of Ancient Greek History and Olympic Victor Lists, with Cambridge University Press (2007) and the forthcoming Sport: Antiquity and Its Legacy, under contract with Oxford University/I.B. Tauris, in addition to over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and reviews. Professor Christesen has given numerous lectures and presentations on his work from New Hampshire to England.
Himself a Dartmouth alumnus, Professor Christesen has taught several courses on classics and the ancient world, in addition to language courses in Greek and Latin. He recently authored an article for The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine entitled "Happiness and the Classics," and enjoys helping Dartmouth students think carefully about the big questions.