Below are profiles of students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Classics.
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Johanna Braff is a doctoral candidate, currently working on her dissertation entitled "Representations of Helen of Troy in Archaic Lyric and Epic". Before coming to the Graduate Center, she received her BA in Greek and Latin at Swarthmore College, a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also received the 2008 Teaching Assistant award. Johanna has taught courses in Mythology, and Greek and Roman literature in translation at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, Touro College and Lehman College. She has given papers at the University of Toronto and the Association for the Study of Mythology and Women, and most recently co-authored a publication on the image of Helen in the Latin poets, appearing in the 2012 L'Antiquite Classique. Johanna is a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Bronx Community College for the school year 2013-2014.
Emyr Dakin is a fifth-year doctoral student in the History tract of the classics program. He received his BA in Classical Studies from Swansea University in the UK and his M.A. at The Cuny Graduate Center.
Emyr's research is focused on the (long) Hellenistic period, in particular, the Greek city states of the North Black Sea. His studies are facilitated by a keen interest in epigraphy and numismatics. Other pursuits include the ideology of Hellenistic kingship, especially ruler cults.
In April 2011, Emyr presented a paper at the Princeton Graduate Student Colloquium on Villains in Greek fiction and also presented at CAAS in 2011.
Emyr has taught Classical Mythology in the College Now program at Queens College and a variety of classes at Hunter College. He now teaches Latin at The College of New Jersey. This spring Emyr will also be teaching at TCNJ the course, "Finding Alexander: Alexander the Great and his Tradition."
Noah Davies-Mason is a first year doctoral student. He earned his BA in Greek and Latin from Hunter College (summa cum laude) where he received the Adelaide Hahn Prize in Greek and Latin (2013) and the Josephine Earle Prize in Greek (2012). In his undergraduate honors thesis, he addressed connections to Plato in Theocritus Idyll 14. Before coming to the Graduate Center, Noah attended the summer session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with the support of Hunter College. His research interests include Greek philosophy and poetry, especially Plato and Theocritus.
Michael Goyette is a doctoral candidate who is currently writing a dissertation entitled Roman Tragedy and Medicine: Language and Imagery of Illness in Seneca and Celsus, which he plans to defend this year. In support of this work, he has been awarded a competitive dissertation completion fellowship from The Graduate Center.
Michael has received MA and MPhil degrees in Classics at the Graduate Center, and a BA in Classical Studies: Greek from Vassar College. His research interests currently include Greek and Roman tragedy, the Roman novel, ancient medicine, and the pedagogy of Classics. He has also gained hands-on experience with material culture through his participation in the 2011 Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and by working at an excavation on the Greek island of Despotiko.
At the Graduate Center, Michael has organized graduate student conferences that have brought together speakers from across the world. He was the chair of the conference Living on the Edge: Liminality in Classical Antiquity in April 2010, and followed up this endeavor by co-chairing the conference Spes et Ratio Studiorum: Education in the Classical World in May 2011.
Michael regularly teaches a core curriculum course on Greek and Roman literature and culture at Brooklyn College. There he has also taught courses such as Greek and Roman Mythology, The Self and Society, and Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course that was brand new to the curriculum. His teaching efforts at Brooklyn College have been recognized by an award for exceptional pedagogy. Michael has also taught courses at the City College of New York, including Elementary Latin and The Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language. Michael frequently attends pedagogical seminars in order to refine his teaching skills and to explore innovative ways of educating and engaging diverse groups of students. In recent semesters, he has successfully implemented Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy in several courses after receiving training in this method from Brooklyn College’s TBL Academy in 2013.
Michael has had three articles published in respected academic journals, and he has presented research papers at conferences held by the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Carolina, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, the Classical Association of Canada, and the American Philological Association / Society for Classical Studies (APA/SCS). He will be presenting a paper entitled “Vivisection and Revelation: Some Narratives from Latin Literature” at the Annual Meeting of the APA/SCS in January 2015.
Timothy Hanford is a doctoral candidate in classics. He is currently at work on his dissertation, entitled “Senecan Tragedy and Virgil’s Aeneid: Repetition and Reversal.” He has recently taught courses at Hunter College (Latin language, literature, and pedagogy) and Brooklyn College (classical culture and literature). In 2013, he co-chaired the GC Classics graduate student conference entitled “Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World.” Tim has presented various papers at other Classics conferences, including “Seneca Agamemnon 435-6: Abandoning Troy or Reinventing Virgil?” (University of Michigan, 2013), “A New Reading of the 4th ode of Seneca’s Troades” (CAAS, 2012), "Antony's Desecration of the Domus in Cicero's Second Philippic" (Boston University, 2011), "The Migrant Killer in Homer" (University of Pennsylvania, 2011) and "Caesar and the Paradox of Peace in Lucan's Bellum Civile" (ACL Institute, 2010). He has attended the summer programs of both the American Academy in Rome (2003) and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2009). Tim also has 10 years of experience teaching high school Latin in Brooklyn, having obtained permanent New York State public school teacher certification in Latin grades 7-12. He received a BA in Classics from NYU and an MA in Latin from Hunter College.
Tristan Husby is a fifth year PhD. student in the Ancient History Track within the Classics Program. Although a historian, he also has a strong foundation in language and literature and has taught a number of language and literature classes, including Third and Fourth Semester Latin at the City College of New York and Literature and Film at Brooklyn College. This semester he is teaching Classics in Translation at Queens College and the Greek and Latin Roots of English at the City College of New York, where he is also the faculty advisor to the Classics Club. Tristan’s main interests in antiquity are Greek and Roman slavery and religion. His most recent conference presentation on these topics is “Who Pays for Freedom? The “Lists of the Silver Bowls” and Athenian Manumission,” at the Graduate Student Conference on Ancient Slavery at Brock University in February 2014. However his interests are not limited to the subjects of slavery and religion: he is currently working on an article on the tyrant Dionysius II and his portrayal in a variety of different genres.
Tristan's main interests in antiquity are Greek and Roman slavery and religion. His most recent conference presentation on these topics is "Who Pays for Freedom? The "Lists of the Silver Bowls" and Athenian Manumission," at the Graduate Student Conference on Ancient Slavery at Brock University in February 2014. However his interests are not limited to the subjects of slavery and religion: he is currently working on an article on the tyrant Dionysius II and his portrayal in a variety of different genres.
Allannah Karas is a doctoral student in Classical Philology. She came to the Graduate Center with a Masters of Humanities in Classics from the University of Dallas and a BA in Liberal Studies (Great Books Program) from Magdalen College, New Hampshire.
Her research focuses largely on ancient rhetoric and persuasion within Greek tragedy. Other interests of hers include epic poetry, Greek philosophy, ancient epistolography, and Latin pedagogy. She will present a paper entitled "Rhetorical Aeschylus" at the 2014 Meeting of the APA and at the 2013 Meeting of CAAS. In 2011, she presented "Amor μικραίτιος: Demands and Desires in the Letters of Pliny the Younger" at the CUNY Comparative Literature Conference.
Allannah currently teaches Latin I and II and "The Greek and Latin Roots of English" at Hunter College. She also taught several intensive and beginning Latin courses at the University of Dallas. Here at the Graduate Center, she has served on the Executive Committee in her department and, as a Presidential MAGNET Fellow she has worked with the Pipeline program preparing undergraduate students for graduate school.
Aramis Lopez is a second-year doctoral student. He received a B.A. in Human Ecology (concentration in Philosophy) at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a second B.A. in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is currently a teaching fellow at Hunter College, as well as one of the co- chairs of the 2011 Classics Graduate Student Conference, "Spes et Ratio Studiorum: Education in the Classical World." He also serves on the Executive Committee and as the Classics representative in the Doctoral Students Council. His interests include Plato, Epicurus, and Hellenistic poetry and philosophy.
Jeremy March is a sixth-year doctoral student. He received a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Mary Washington College. He has attended summer intensive classes in Greek at the University of Texas at Austin, in Latin at the University of Virginia, and in upper-level Latin at the City University of New York. Jeremy's main interests include Greek language and linguistics, Greek literature, and applications of technology in the humanities. He created the website and iPhone app philolog.us, an interface to the Greek and Latin lexica hosted by the Perseus Project. He teaches at Queens College.
Melissa Marturano is a fifth-year Ph.D student. She received her B.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization from Boston University in 2010 (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). During her undergraduate years, as well, she attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, where she focused on Roman archaeology.
Melissa is broadly interested in (predominantly Roman) gender, queer, and women's studies, particularly the participation of the reaction to and the representation of rape and sexual violence in ancient sources, lesbianism in the ancient sources, (transgressive) women of the late Republic, Augustan Age, and imperial household, female-sponsored epigraphy and architectural projects, and the roles of women in her favorite authors, Catullus, Euripides, Homer, Ovid, Petronius, Sappho, Sophocles, and Vergil.
Melissa taught Classics in translation, Film and Literature, and Self and Society at Brooklyn College as a Graduate Teaching Fellow from 2011-2014. She currently is a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship at Brooklyn College, working on curriculum development for various disciplines at the college.
From 2011-2013, Melissa served on her department's Faculty Membership Committee and Admissions Committee and she now serves the Classics department as their internal elections coordinator, Doctoral Students’ Council representative, and Curriculum and Exams committee student member.
In October 2011, Melissa presented a paper on rapes and victim-blaming in Ovid's Metamorphoses at the Classical Association of Atlantic States annual conference and in May 2012, she presented a paper on sexist and feminists scholarly reactions to Sempronia in Sallust's Bellum Catilinae at the Classical Association of Canada annual conference. In October 2013, she presented another paper at CAAS on sexual violence in Kalypso's and Odysseus' relationship. Recently in April 2014, she presented a paper on feminist pedagogy and Medea at Fordham University’s First Annual Graduate Student Conference.
Melissa will soon have published articles in the upcoming Classical Antiquities at New York University: The Inscriptions, edited by Michael Peachin from L’Erma di Bretschneider.
Outside of academia, Melissa leads and participates in many queer, feminist, and radical activist organizations including Black and Pink and Books Through Bars, co-runs and edits a feminist literary blog, Blessing All the Birds about the image and music of Joanna Newsom, and fancies herself to be a (very much part-time) singer-songwriter.
Irene Morrison-Moncure is a PhD student in Classics and a MAGNET Fellow with the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity at the Graduate Center. She received her BA in Classics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2011. Her interests include Roman epic, Latin pedagogy, and animal imagery and simile in poetry. She also serves as the Assistant Director of Student Programs for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute and coordinates the CUNY Pipeline Program.
Nathan Dufour Oglesby is a 4th-year doctoral student. He received his BA in Latin from Western Washington University in 2009. In 2013 he presented his paper "Hipponax as Hipponax: Analogues and Antecedents for a Role of Hipponax in the Performance of Ancient Iambic Poetry" at the annual meeting of the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture at the University of Southern Florida. Besides poetry and its performance, his other principal interests include ancient music and philosophy. He's also a musician, and in that capacity a member of a collective called Show and Smell Recordings. He enjoys teaching at City College and Hunter College.
Cameron Pearson is Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation is titled "Alkmaionid Epigrams and the Framing of Archaic Monuments." He has delivered papers at professional and graduate student conferences, such as, "Different Ideologies of Retreat in the Iliad and Archaic Elegy," and "A Greek Sacred Law in the Light of Roman and German Occupation: SEG 21.469.” He has been a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, short-term fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia, and has taken part in the ASCSA excavations of 'the Byzantine House' in Ancient Corinth. He is also the English translator of an Archaeological guide to Durrës, Albania, "Artemis à Dyrrhachion: Guides de Durres 1." Before beginning at the Graduate Center, he lived in Paris while studying linguistics and comparative literature at l'Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot and received his B.A. in literature from the New School University here in New York.
Cristina Pérez Diaz. (Puerto Rico) Second year PhD student in the Classics department. Has a Masters in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Post-baccalaureate studies in Classics from Columbia University. Learned Greek and Latin in the Latin/Greek Institute. Her main area of interest is Greek and Roman theatre, studied from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes literary criticism, epigraphy, translation, performance studies/practice, aesthetics, metaphysics and political theory.
David K. Sage is a second-year doctoral student. He received his B.A. in Latin and Greek from Hunter College in 2009 (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Prior to attending Hunter, David studied Latin and Greek at Vassar College. David's main interests include ancient linguistics, metrics, and ancient humor.
Jared Simard is a PhD candidate who is currently working on a dissertation on Classics’ reception in America by analyzing the mythological iconography associated with Rockefeller Plaza. Jared has received an MA in Classics from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and received a BA in Classics and History from the University of Pittsburgh (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). A previous Graduate Teaching Fellow, he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College where he teaches Classical Mythology, The Greek and Latin Roots of English, Roman Civilization, and Beginning Latin 101 & 102. He has served on several of the Classics Program’s standing committees, and is a longtime representative on the Doctoral Students' Council (DSC), having served as Co-Chair for Communications during the 2011-2012 academic year. He currently sits on the Graduate Council’s Structure Committee. He was an organizer and then co-chair for the 1st and 2nd annual Classics graduate student conferences respectively. Lastly, he takes great pleasure in serving as this year's chair for the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Group (CANES), of which he is a co-founder. Jared recently presented papers at the inaugural conference of the Digital Classics Association, the 11th Annual CUNY IT conference, and the New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America’s celebration of National Archaeology Day. He was recently awarded a grant from the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program Competition #7 to conduct an architectural sculpture and relief field survey of Manhattan. The data collected has become a part of his larger digital collection of classical mythology in post-antique art, currently housed on the website mappingmythology.com. His scholarly interests include Latin poetry and personification, mythology in the arts, reception studies, and digital humanities.
Alan Sumler is a doctoral candidate in Classics. He came to the Graduate Center in 2005 holding a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of North Texas and a Master of Humanities in Classics from the University of Dallas. The Graduate Center has since granted him a Masters of Art (2010) and Masters of Philosophy (2012) in Classics. He taught all around NYC at the City College New York, Queens College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Montclair State University (NJ). Recently he taught ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Dallas and philosophy at Collin College in Plano, TX. Presently he is a full time Instructor of Philosophy at Metro State University of Denver. He also works as a part time Adjunct Instructor of Classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Last December Alan presented a paper at the NYU Department of Classics graduate symposium "Ancient Aetia" entitled "Comic First Inventions." He has previously given papers at Princeton and Boston University. His dissertation concerns the intersection between ancient Greek comedy and mythology including an analysis of Aristophanes, Menander, the Poetae Comici Graeci, and comic papyrus. He is working under the auspices of J. Lidov, D. Clayman, J. Roberts, and J. Rusten of Cornell University. Alan has an article in Classical World (103.4) entitled "A Catalog of Shoes: Puns in Herodas Mime 7." His interests include ancient Greek and Latin poetry, historiography, ancient comedy and satire, poetic technique, mythology, mythography, ancient Greek pottery, and the everyday world of the ancients. He also studies a vast range of topics in ancient and modern philosophy.
Chris Weimer is a first year doctoral student. Before coming to the Graduate Center, he earned his BA in Latin and Greek with a minor in Judaic Studies at the University of Memphis and his MA in Classics at San Francisco State University, where he was awarded Ungaretti Translation Award for best Latin translation. His Master's thesis examined the role religion played in ethnic discourse in Herodotus' Histories. His undergraduate thesis investigated the topos of cannibalism in Graeco-Roman and Near Eastern literatures, and the fruits of this research was presented as "Anthropophagy in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East" at SBL/ASOR Central States regional conference in 2009 and as "The Cannibalism Topos in Graeco-Roman and Near Eastern Literary Traditions" at SFSU's Classics Department Graduate Student Forum in 2010. He also worked as a research assistant with Dr. Megan Williams in 2010 and 2011 on the Enmannsche Kaisergeschichte. While Chris maintains a strong research interest in cannibalism, Graeco-Roman religion, and Herodotus, he is further interested in the Greek epic cycle, lyric poetry, interactions between archaic Greece and Near Eastern cultures, and historical/comparative linguistics.
Profiles for the following students are pending.
Michael Broder completed his dissertation on queer kinship, camp aesthetics, and Juvenal's ninth satire in 2010 under the direction of Prof. Craig Williams. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Michael was on the Latin faculty of the summer 2012 Latin/Greek Institute. In 2011-12, he was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina. In addition, Michael has taught at Montclair State University, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Hunter College, York College, and in the Language Reading Program at the Graduate Center. He has presented papers at SCS (formerly APA), CAAS, and CAMWS, as well as at conferences at Brown, Princeton, UCLA, Cincinnati, Buffalo, the Universities of Durham and Exeter in the UK, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference. During his time at the Graduate Center, he was a Research Fellow and a Writing Fellow. He served as the program's DSC representative, was a member of the DSC Steering Committee, and sat on the Structure Committee of the Graduate Council, as well as on a number of program standing committees. He was an organizer of the 1st annual classics graduate student conference and a co-chair (with Jared Simard) of the 2nd annual conference. He was co-founder, with Jared Simard, of the Classical and Ancient Near East Studies Group (CANES). Michael's reviews have appeared in Classical Journal and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. His article on tradition and reception as alternative models for teaching Great Books courses appeared in Classical World. His essay on Juvenal's "Most Obscene Satires" appears in the anthology Ancient Obscenities, forthcoming from The University of Michigan Press. Michael is the author of the poetry collection This Life Now (2014). His poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, BLOOM, Court Green, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other journals, as well as the anthologies This New Breed (2004), My Diva (essays, 2009), Divining Divas (poems, 2012), and Rabbit Ears (2014).
Paul McBreen received his Ph. D. on Feb. 1, 2012. The title of his dissertation is Ktiseis/Aitia in Various Ancient Greek Prose Authors. He will attend the Summer Institute for Greek Palaeography at Lincoln College, Oxford during August of 2012. He is currently researching Platonic and Demosthenic scholia, and lexica from late antiquity. He is employed as a Substitute Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY, where he would like to become a tenured faculty member.
Georgia Tsouvala is associate professor of history at Illinois State University. She completed her dissertation, "The social and historical context of Plutarch's Erotikos," under the supervision of Professor Ronnie Ancona, in 2008. She also holds a B.A. from Hunter College (1999). In addition to teaching ancient history and Latin at ISU, she has directed and co-directed study abroad programs to Greece and Rome. More recently she was the 2014 Gertrude Smith Professor, Co-director of Summer Session I, at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Georgia's research interests include Greek and Latin language and literature with a special focus on Plutarch, Greek and Roman history (especially the history of women in Greece during the early Roman Empire), and epigraphy. She has published chapters and presented a number of papers both nationally and internationally on Plutarch and his milieu, as well as on women in the Greek East. Her current c.v. can be found here: https://ilstu.academia.edu/GeorgiaTsouvala
Alissa Vaillancourt is Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for the Classical Studies Program in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University. While a student at The Graduate Center, she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College, and she completed her dissertation, "Leonidas of Tarentum: A Wandering Poet in the Tradition of Greek Literature" under the supervision of Prof. Dee L. Clayman in 2013. Alissa holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece through the College Year in Athens program. She was later awarded a Fulbright scholarship for attendance in the Summer Classical Program at the American Academy in Rome (2005). Her research interests include Hellenistic poetry, realism, Greek and Latin elegy and epigram, and texts and readers in the ancient world.
Maura K. Williams completed her dissertation, “Homeric Diction in Posidippus,” in September, 2013. She is currently a Research Assistant for AncientLives.org, a papyrological transcription project based at Oxford University and at the University of Minnesota. She has been a Teaching Specialist in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Lecturer in Classical Mythology at Queens College, New York. In August, Maura was a respondent at the Eleventh Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry. She is now in the process of developing a paper presented last fall at the Heartland Graduate Conference, “Homeric Scholarship in lithika Poems of Posidippus,” while also expanding on some of the intertextual points in her dissertation, particularly the varied use of epigrammatic topoi in Posidippus and other poets.
Scott Weiss graduated from the MA program in 2013. Under the supervision of Craig Williams, he completed his thesis entitled Self-fashioning among Roman Freedmen: A Comparative Study of Petronius' Satyrica and Inscriptions from Puteoli. While at the Graduate Center, he also served as co-chair for the conference Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World. Before coming to CUNY, he received his BA with High Honors in Latin and Greek from Swarthmore College. He is currently a PhD student in the classics department at Stanford University where he works primarily on Roman cultural history and Latin literature.