CURRENT DOCTORAL STUDENTS
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Chaya Cassano is a PhD student in Classics. She earned a Laurea degree in Philosophy at the University of Padua, specializing in Greek history. Her previous studies related mainly to Magna Graecia, Pythagorean philosophy, German literature and Jewish history. She was also trained as a Latin teacher and taught Italian in Berlin, where she studied at the Humboldt University and the Goethe Institute. Her current research focuses on archaic Greek religion, Greek papyri, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, and the philosophy of Lucretius.
Click here for a site Chaya created about the Synagogue of Dura Europos: https://chayacassano.commons.gc.cuny.edu
Georgios Spiliotopoulos is a Ph.D. student in Classics. He received his B.A. in Classical Philology (Honors) and his Master’s Degree in Ancient Greek Language and Literature (Honors) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His main research interests are Homeric Poetry, Attic Tragedy and Papyrology. His other interests include writing poetry and studying - playing chess. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College and at City College of New York.
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.
Federico Di Pasqua is a third-year Ph.D. student. He received his BA from the University of Rome in 2012 and his MA in Klassiche Philologie from the University of Berlin in 2015. His research focuses on the notion of identity in the Ancient World and Roman ethics.
As a New Media Lab fellow, Federico is currently working on a podcast about classical literature. His series was granted the NML Dewey Digital Teaching Award, in April 2017; the Teaching and Learning Center Grant, in November 2017; and the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, in December 2017.
Mary Jean McNamara is a Graduate Assistant in the Classics program. Her interest areas include Athenian citizenship and pastoral poetry. She has taught Latin 1 and 2 on the undergraduate level as well as the Greek and Latin roots course at City College and Hunter College. In the fall she will be teaching a course on Tyranny, Democracy, and Empire at Brooklyn College. Her master’s thesis on Athenian citizenship grants is available online through CUNY Academic Works.
Noah Davies-Mason is a PhD student in Classical Philology. He earned his BA in Latin and Greek from Hunter College (summa cum laude). His primary research interests are in Greek philosophy and poetry, especially of the Hellenistic period. This encompasses a range of topics including Plato, Cynicism, Epicureanism, Pythagoreans, musical theory, aesthetic theory, Theocritus and bucolic poetry, didactic poetry,and the reception of philosophy in poetic texts. Noah presented a paper at CAMWS in 2017 entitled "The Unshod Lover: philosophical views of poverty in Theocritus Idyll 14," in which he explores the idea that philosophical issues were alive for readers of Theocritus. He has also presented a paper entitled "A quiet soul: the absence of auditory imagery in de rerum natura book 3" at a conference on imagery in didactic poetry in Heidelberg in 2016. This paper investigates the rhetorical function of Lucretius' refutation of the harmony theory of soul and suggests that the association with music plays a role in it being an object of attack.
Noah has taught various courses at Brooklyn College and Hunter College, including Classical Cultures, Self and Society, Film and Literature, Greek and Latin Roots of English, and the Ancient Novel in Translation. He has served on various committees as a student representative in the Classics program and co-chaired the graduate student conference "Looking at the Stage: New Perspectives on Greek and Roman Performance."
Victoria Jansson is a Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. She earned her BA in Classical Studies with a Concentration in Ancient Greek from the College of William & Mary (magna cum laude) where she received the Society of Classical Studies Award for Outstanding Student in Classical Philology (2015). In her undergraduate thesis, she addressed the socioeconomics of gender in Aeschylus' Agamemnnon and Euripides' Electra.
Her primary research area is the influence of Greek poetics in Roman elegy, particularly in the works of Tibullus. Broader interests include representation of women in Greek tragedy and Homer and the reception of Aratus in later Roman poetry.
Since 2016, she has taught at Brooklyn College and is also a co-editor of Periodos (GC).
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 philolog.us, an interface to the Greek and Latin lexica hosted by the Perseus Project. He teaches at Queens College and the Latin/Greek Institute.
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.
David K. Sage 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.
Chris Weimer is a doctoral candidate and Chancellor’s Graduate Teaching Fellow in Classics. He received his B.A. in Latin and Greek with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Memphis and an M.A. from San Francisco State, where he was awarded the Ungaretti Translation Award. His Master’s thesis examined the role foreign (chiefly Scythian, Egyptian, and Persian) religion played in ethnic discourse in Herodotus’ Histories. Chris has written and presented on topics such as Roman reception of Greek literature, Greek reception of Roman hegemony, and cannibalism in the Mediterranean and Near East. He 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. Chris maintains active interest in archaic Greek literature, cross-cultural trade and interaction, and ancient religion.
Allannah Karas completed her doctoral work and accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University in 2017. 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.
Tristan Husby completed his doctoral work in 2017 on the Ancient History Track. 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.
Jared A. Simard received his Ph.D. in 2016 and is now a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Liberal Studies at New York University. His research focuses on mythology in Latin and Greek literature and its reception thereafter. He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, “Classics and Rockefeller Center: John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Use of Classicism in Public Space.” He also has several publications which investigate mythology and its reception in art in a variety of public and private spaces. In conjunction with his doctoral work, he obtained a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He has been awarded several grants for his online database, Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art (http://mappingmythology.com). For more information, please visit https://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/about/faculty/jared-simard.html.
Cameron Pearson completed his dissertation, " The Context of Alkmaionid Inscriptions and Monuments: A Catalogue of Material and Literary Evidence for the Alkmeonidai," in 2016. He currently holds a postdoctoral position at the University of Warsaw where he is a researcher for the project, "Greek aristrocratic culture (8th-5th centuries BC): the life styles and systems of values." A Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship enabled him to complete his research through the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where he was also the 2015-16 Eugene Vanderpool Fellow. Cameron has delivered multiple papers at the meetings of various professional associations, such as the SCS, AIA, and EAA, as well as given invited talks in Europe and the US.
He loves teaching and has taught a wide variety of courses: from Greek and Latin, Classical Civilization, and Myth, to World literature, and has found that using pedagogical methods such as “flipping the classroom” and team-based learning are essential in creating a positive classroom environment.
He has held short- term fellowships at the Ecole française d'Athènes, and 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.
Please visit his webpage at academia.edu.
Melissa Marturano completed her PhD in Classical Philology in September 2017. She is interested—throughout her research and teaching—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, female-sponsored epigraphy and architectural projects, the roles of women in the work of Euripides, Homer, Ovid, Petronius, and Sappho, and modern (feminist) receptions of the Classical humanities.
She wrote 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 the Classics and Feminism conference series and her work has been published in Classical Antiquities at New York University: The Inscriptions, edited by Michael Peachin and Classical Outlook.
Since 2011, Melissa has taught courses at Brooklyn, Queens, and Hunter Colleges on introductory and advanced Latin; ancient literature in translation; Greek and Roman civilization and history; writing; the reception of the Classics; modern literature (especially science-fiction); gender and sexuality studies; and film. She was a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Brooklyn College in 2014 and 2015 and also served on the number of departmental and student-led committees during her time at the Graduate Center. She is currently teaching Roman Civilization in the Classics Department at Hunter College (by night) and Latin at Riverdale Country School, a middle and upper school in the Bronx (by day).
Outside of academia, Melissa leads and participates in many queer, feminist, and radical activist organizations including Books Through Bars NYC and runs and edits a feminist literary blog, Blessing All the Birds about the image and music of Joanna Newson.
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 from The Graduate Center, and a BA in Classical Studies: Greek from Vassar College. For the Spring 2017 semester he will be returning to Vassar to teach three courses of his own design in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies: Advanced Latin: The Dis(embodied) Self; Intermediate Latin: Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’; and a freshman writing seminar entitled Transformations of Gender Identity, from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century. Previously Michael has taught a broad range of undergraduate courses at all levels at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, and Kingsborough Community College. His portfolio includes Latin language courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels; writing-intensive classes on ancient literature in translation, both in a general education and in a Classical Civilization curriculum (including Classical Cultures, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Transformations of the Self: From Homer to Atwood); courses designed for English as a Second Language students (Vocabulary Building: The Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language); and a course entirely of his own design, Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities.
Michael strongly believes in the pedagogical value of enriching classroom discussions with material culture (his skills in this area were greatly enhanced by his participation in the Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2011), and with the digital humanities (he has designed a website that supplements his course on ancient medicine and provides resources on ancient medicine to the wider public; see http://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/ancientmedicine_goyette/home). He also makes use of collaborative learning methods, including Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy, a method in which he received training from Brooklyn College’s TBL Academy in 2013. Michael has been honored to receive multiple awards recognizing his pedagogical aptitude and dedication, including the distinction of being selected from among more than 800 instructors across all academic departments as the 2015 recipient of Brooklyn College’s annual 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 articles in respected academic journals, and he has presented his scholarship at numerous national and international level conferences. He is currently working on several articles, as well as a book project, which expands upon his dissertation, entitled Seneca Medicus: Language and Imagery of Illness in Senecan Tragedy and Celsus’ ‘De Medicina’.
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 (http://www.didaskalia.net/issues/10/2/). 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 defended his Ph.D. dissertation, Who Stole the Daedalean Statue? Mythographic Humor in Ancient Greek Comedy, in 2015. 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. His topic covers the intersection of mythology and ancient comedy. A preview of the arguments may be found in his 2014 article in Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica (2014.2) entitled “Myth Rationalization in Ancient Greek Comedy, a Short Survey.”
Alan currently teaches in the Department of Classics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado in Denver, and the Department of Philosophy at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has a forthcoming article in the journal Arion (2017) on the ingredients in ancient Greek and Roman magic entitled “Ingesting Magic: Ingredients and Ecstatic Outcomes in the Greek and Demotic Magical Papyri.” He currently has a book on a similar topic forthcoming (2018) in Lexington Books.
Alan has a digital humanities project which combines online artifact curation and Classics outreach. It may be found on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/hekademos/[instagram.com]
His research interests include ancient comedy, tragedy, mythology, mythography, religion, magic, medicine, science, philosophy, and material culture.
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.
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.