Scott received an A.B. from Harvard University in 2009, graduating magna cum laude with highest honors in the Classics. He completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in 2015 with a dissertation entitled “Aulus Gellius, the Noctes Atticae, and the Literary Logic of Miscellany under the High Roman Empire,” which explores the compositional techniques and authorial strategies of Gellius’ miscellany in its Roman and Second Sophistic contexts.
His primary research focuses on Latin prose literature, especially antiquarian miscellanies and their reception of earlier Greek and Roman historical, literary, and philosophical material. Scott’s broader research interests include Second Sophistic literary and intellectual culture, prose of the Roman Empire, and the intersection of epigraphy and literary texts. He is currently preparing a monograph on approaches to reading Gellius and miscellaneous literature more broadly.
Additionally, since 2014, he has served as the project manager for the US Epigraphy Project, and was a member of the research team for the international project "Visible Words: Research and Training in Digital Contextual Epigraphy" until the project's conclusion in 2016.