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Below are profiles of students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Classics

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Emyr Dakin received his B.A. in Classical Studies from Swansea University in the UK and his M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center. Emyr's research focuses on the (long) Hellenistic period- particularly 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. 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.


Noah Davies-Mason 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.


Tristan Husby  is a doctoral student on the Ancient History Track within the Classics Program. A trained historian, Tristan also has a strong foundation in language and literature and has taught courses including Third and Fourth Semester Latin at the City College of New York and Literature and Film at Brooklyn College. Tristan’s main interests in antiquity are Greek and Roman slavery and religion. 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 across a variety of different genres.


Allannah Karas is writing a dissertation entitled “Staging Peitho: Rhetorical Development in Aeschylus’ Oresteia.” She came to the Graduate Center with a Masters of Humanities from the University of Dallas and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Magdalen College in New Hampshire.

Allannah’s research centers on the history and conceptual development of rhetoric within ancient drama. Her secondary areas of interest include the social history of Greece and Rome, particularly the dynamics of family, marital, and work relationships as expressed in ancient epistolography and inscriptions. Her work on family burial inscriptions has been published in a collection which came out in 2014.

Since 2008, Allannah has taught at both the University of Dallas and at Hunter College. Her courses have included: Beginning Greek, Beginning Latin, Intensive Beginning Latin, and The Greek and Latin Roots of English. She has served on the both the Executive and Curriculum Committees in the Classics department and as a MAGNET Fellow, supporting undergraduates from underrepresented groups as they pursue graduate studies.


Kent Klymenko received his B.A. from Fordham University. His research interests include ancient science and medicine, Aristophanes, Hellenistic philosophy, particularly the philosophical movements of Cynicism, Epicureanism, and Skepticism/Pyrrhonism, as well as pedagogy and the teaching of Classics. As a Presidential MAGNET Fellow, he is the Coordinator of the CUNY Pipeline Program at the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs. He also teaches Latin at a school in New Jersey.


Aramis Lopez received a B.A. in Human Ecology (concentration in Philosophy) from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a second B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Southern Maine. He is currently a teaching fellow at Hunter College and 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 Ph.D. student in Classics with interests in the Greek language and linguistics, Greek literature, and applications of technology in the humanities. He has a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Mary Washington College and  attended summer intensive courses in Greek and Latin at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and the City University of New York. He created the website and iPhone app, an interface to the Greek and Latin lexica hosted by the Perseus Project. He teaches at Queens College and the Latin/Greek Institute.


Melissa Marturano is a Ph.D candidate in Classical Philology. is a Ph.D candidate in Classical Philology. 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).

Melissa is interested in (predominantly Roman) gender, queer, and women's studies, particularly the reaction to and the representation of rape and sexualized 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 the work of Euripides, Homer, Ovid, Petronius, and Sappho. She is writing her dissertation on sexualized violence and rape in Ovid's corpus and how modern feminist concepts can illuminate the ways in which Ovid represents violence against women. Melissa has presented her work regularly at conferences including CAAS and her work has been published in Classical Antiquities at New York University: The Inscriptions, edited by Michael Peachin.

Melissa has taught courses on Classics in Translation, Film and Literature, and Self and Society. She was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Brooklyn College from 2014-2015, working on curriculum development for various disciplines at the college. Melissa has also served on the number of departmental committees.

Outside of academia, Melissa leads and participates in many queer, feminist, and radical activist organizations including Black and Pink and Books Through Bars, and runs and edits a feminist literary blog, Blessing All the Birds about the image and music of Joanna Newson.

Thomas Moody is a Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. He has earned a B.A. and M.U.P. from the University of Kansas and an MA from the University of Iowa.

His primary research area in Greek political thought and rhetoric, especially in Plato and Isocrates. Broader interests include the reception of Platonic thought in the early Christan period, urban theory and planning, and the history of philosophy.

Thomas is currently teaching classical language and literature courses at City College and Queens College. He has previously taught in the urban planning department at the University of Kansas and in the classics department at the University of Iowa. He is also a co-editor for Periodos (GC) and has served as an assistant editor for Syllecta Classica (University of Iowa).


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 received his B.A. in Latin from Western Washington University in 2009. In 2013, he presented the 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 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 teaches at City College and Hunter College.


Cameron Pearson is Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation, "Alkmaionid Inscriptions and the Framing of Archaic Monuments," includes an updated catalogue of material and literary evidence for the Alkmaionidai. A Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship enabled him to conduct research through the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where he is the 2015-16 Eugene Vanderpool Fellow. Cameron has delivered papers at graduate student and professional conferences, most recently: "Herodotus 1.64.3 and Alkmeonides' Dedications IG I3 597 and 1469: A Case for Alkmaionid Exile," at the 2015 AIA/SCS Meetings. He has been able to conduct his research at the Ecole française d'Athènes, thanks to a short-term bourse, and held a fellowship at the American Research Center in Sofia. He has excavated at Ancient Corinth and is the English translator of an Archaeological guide to Durrës, Albania, "Artemis à Dyrrhachion: Guides de Durres 1." Cameron received his B.A. in literature from the New School and studied linguistics and comparative literature at l'Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot before beginning graduate study.

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Cristina Pérez Diaz is a doctoral student, a MAGNET Fellow at the Graduate Center, a Public Humanities Fellow 2015-2016 at the New York Council for the Humanities, and a Mellon Fellow in the Seminar for Public Engagement at the Center for the Humanities. She earned a Masters in Philosophy from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 2012 and did Post-Baccalaureate coursework in Classics at Columbia University. Cristina learned both Greek and Latin at the CUNY Latin/Greek Institute. 

Cristina’s work focuses approaches ancient Greek and Roman theatre from a multidisciplinary perspective, including analyses of reception, translation and translation theory, performance studies/practice, poetics, and literary criticism. Her work on reception of ancient drama is both theoretical and practical, drawing on her experience as a theatre practitioner. Cristina is also interested in Silver Latin, particularly in Imperial theatrical practices, and the epigrammatic tradition from Martial to the Renaissance.

At the Graduate Center, she is a co-chair of the Classics Graduate Student Association and of the Social and Political Theory Student Association.

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 his dissertation, “Classics and Rockefeller Center: John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Use of Classicism in Public Space.” This dissertation examines the mythologically-inspired art associated with Rockefeller Center in New York City and argues that the abundance of mythological themes is related to John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s own educational background and personal interests. Rockefeller’s extensive classical education began as soon as he started formal schooling and lasted to the end of his time at Brown University. The impact and knowledge of Classics further manifests itself in Rockefeller’s philanthropy of classical initiatives, such as the excavations of the Athenian Agora. His personal preference for classicism in art and material culture was again showcased in the art program and individual artworks of Rockefeller Center, over which he exerted a strong influence. The final chapters consist of a survey of the mythologically-inspired art and its relation to the larger art program of Rockefeller Center. This dissertation concludes with an in-depth analysis of select programmatic artworks such as Lee Lawrie’s Prometheus and Wisdom, Paul Manship’s Atlas, and Hildreth M. Meiere’s Dance, Drama, and Song.

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.

Jared has a forthcoming chapter, “The Monument and Altar to Liberty: A Memory Site for the United States’s Own Thermopylae,” in War As Spectacle, edited by Anastasia Bakogianni and Valerie M. Hope which is due out July 2015 from Bloomsbury Publishing.

At the Graduate Center, Jared has a long history of service to the university and the Classics Program for which he was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award in May 2013. He has served on several of the Classics Program’s standing committees, and was a longtime representative on the Doctoral Students' Council (DSC), having served as Co-Chair for Communications during the 2011-2012 academic year. He was also an organizer and then co-chair for the 1st and 2nd annual Classics graduate student conferences respectively. Lastly, he has been the longtime chair for the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Group (CANES), of which he is a co-founder.

Jared recently conducted a walking tour, “Classical Art and Architecture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Historical District,” for a special event sponsored by The Paideia Institute. He will be presenting a paper at the upcoming 2015 ACL Institute.

As a digital humanities practitioner, Jared has received several grants for his online database, Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art ( His most recent grant was the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for 2013-2014. His scholarly interests include Latin poetry and personification, mythology in the arts, reception studies, and digital humanities.


Chris Weimer is a doctoral candidate in Classics and Chancellor’s Graduate Teaching Fellow in Classics. He received his BA in Latin and Greek with a minor in Judaic Studies at the University of Memphis, and the combination—east and west, cross-cultural interaction and exchange—has influenced his academic career since. He has written on and presented on topics such as Roman reception of Greek literature, Greek reception of Roman hegemony, and cannibalism in the Mediterranean and Near East, the last of which stemmed from his undergraduate thesis. He continued at San Francisco State University, where he was awarded Ungaretti Translation Award in 2010. His Master’s thesis examined the role foreign (chiefly Scythian, Egyptian, and Persian) religion played in ethnic discourse in Herodotus’ Histories. He has served as a research assistant for Professor Megan Williams on the Enmansche Kaisergeschichte in 2010-2011, and teaches courses at Brooklyn College and Queens College. In 2014, he also was the co-chair of the CUNY Graduate Student Conference in the Classics (“Dynamics of Friendship in the Graeco-Roman World”), and will be presenting a paper at CAMWS in 2015 on Greek epigram (“Alpheus of Mytilene and Some Greek Responses to Rome”). He maintains active interest in archaic Greek literature, cross-cultural trade and interaction, and ancient religion.


Profiles for the following students are pending.

John Dreger
Stephen Ogumah


Ph.D. Program

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).


Michael Goyette took his PhD from The Graduate Center in May 2015. He completed his dissertation, Roman Tragedy and Medicine: Language and Imagery of Illness in Seneca and Celsus, under the supervision of Dr. Craig Williams. In support of this work, he was awarded a competitive dissertation completion fellowship from The Graduate Center.

Michael also took MA and MPhil degrees in Classics at The Graduate Center, and a BA in Classical Studies: Greek from Vassar College. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Classics Department at Brooklyn College, where he teaches various courses, including Classical Cultures (a core curriculum course on Greek and Roman literature and culture), Greek and Roman Mythology, The Self and Society, Advanced Latin: Roman Drama, and Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course completely of his own design. To further engage his own ancient medicine students, and to provide resources to the interested general public, he has developed an Open Educational Resources website. Michael has also taught courses on Elementary Latin and The Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language at City College, and Intermediate Latin (focusing on Vergil’s Aeneid) at Hunter College. 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. His teaching efforts have been recognized with multiple awards, including Brooklyn College’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Part-Time Faculty Member.

Michael’s current research interests include ancient medicine, Greek and Roman tragedy, the Roman novel, and the pedagogy of Classics. He has published three articles in respected academic journals, and he regularly presents his scholarship at national and international level conferences. He is currently working on an article about representations of madness in Latin literature, and he is in the process of developing a book expanding upon his dissertation.


Timothy Hanford completed his dissertation, entitled "Senecan Tragedy and Virgil's Aeneid: Repetition and Reversal," in Fall 2014, under the supervision of Professor Ronnie Ancona. He has recently taught courses at Hunter College (Latin language, literature, and pedagogy), Brooklyn College (classical culture and literature), Fordham University (Latin), and Montclair State University (Latin and mythology). In 2014, he wrote a review of the performance of Seneca’s Thyestes at Barnard/Columbia, published in the online journal Didaskalia ( 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.


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.


Alan Sumler recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation, Who Stole the Daedalean Statue? Mythographic Humor in Ancient Greek Comedy. Jeff Rusten of Cornell University served as a guest reader. The project was completed in part by a generous dissertation fellowship from the Graduate Center. Alan worked under the auspices of J. Lidov, D. Clayman, and J. Roberts. The topic covers the intersection of mythology and ancient comedy.

Alan came to the Graduate Center in 2005 holding a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of North Texas and a MH in Classics from the University of Dallas. The Graduate Center has since granted him a MA (2010) and MPhil (2012) in Classics. His research interests include ancient Greek comedy, Greek literature, Greek and Roman philosophy, Greek religion, mythology, mythography, and the everyday life of the ancients. He also has interests in Late Antiquity.

Alan has two articles in academic journals. The first one appears in Classical World (103.4) entitled "A Catalog of Shoes: Puns in Herodas Mime 7." The second article, which covers main points from his dissertation, appears in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica (2014.2) entitled “Myth Rationalization in Ancient Greek Comedy, a Short Survey.” Alan is currently working on a topic covering myth rationalization in Euripides. He plans to re-write his dissertation for publication.

Alan has taught all around NYC at the City College New York, Queens College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Montclair State University (NJ). Recently he worked as an Instructor of ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Dallas. Presently he is an adjunct Lecturer of Classics and Philosophy at University of Colorado at Boulder and an Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at Metro State University at Denver. Alan has taught courses in Ancient Greek and Latin as well as a variety of topics in translation.

Alan has given papers at graduate conferences including NYU, Princeton, and Boston University. He has given a handful of talks at the Graduate Center on his research. During his time as summer instructor in the College Now program at Queens College (CUNY), he gave lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on their ancient Greek and Roman collections. Most recently Alan presented a paper, "Tell Prodicus to Go to Hell! Myth Rationalization in Aristophanes," at the 2014 CAMWS conference.

Some interesting courses, which he has taught, include: Ancient Greek and Roman Comedy, Women in Antiquity, Literature of the Ancient Greeks, Late Antiquity, Roman Literature, Ancient Philosophy, Greek and Latin Roots of English, Ancient Greek and Latin languages, Classical Mythology, Classical Cultures, and Western Civilization. He has also taught courses in Western Tradition, Music Appreciation, Ethics, Modern Philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy.


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:


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, 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.


M.A. Program

Nathaniel Ralston received his Master's Degree in 2012 and now works at a boutique brokerage firm. He still finds the time to engage in lengthy conversations about classical texts, attend the occasional lecture, and compose papers on subjects including Roman numismatics and Roman history. No matter how long Nate stays out of academia, he will always be a member of the tight-knit world of Classics.


Scott Weiss holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and graduated from the CUNY M.A. program in 2013. While a student at the GC, Scott completed a thesis entitled Self-fashioning Among Roman Freedmen: A Comparative Study of Petronius' Satyrica and Inscriptions from Puteoli under the supervision of Craig Williams. He also served as co-chair for the conference Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World. Scott is currently a Ph.D. student in Classics at Stanford University, where he works primarily on Roman cultural history and Latin literature.