Student and Alumni Highlights


For full dissertations, please visit CUNY's Academic Works for dissertations from 2014-present or the Mina Rees Library for dissertations prior to 2014.   


The Graduate Center's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness makes data available on alumni through Tableau. For Classics, data shows:

  • In recent years, an average of 2 doctoral degrees have been awarded annually.
  • The current (as of Fall 2020) median time-to-degree is 6.3 years (by graduation year) and 6 years (by entering cohort).
  • Graduates (2003-2016) overwhelmingly work in the education job sector (90%).

Student and Alumni Profiles

Get to know the Classics community by reading about some of our current students and recent alumni.

Chaya Cassano is a Ph.D. 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:

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Kevin Ellis is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Fellow in Classical Philology.  He received his B.A. in Comparative Philology from Gettysburg College in 2011 and then a M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2014.  His primary area of interest is Homeric epic.  Other interests include Greek historical linguistics and lyric poetry.  Before joining the Graduate Center, Kevin worked as a middle school educator, teaching Latin, Global Citizenship, and Classical literature.


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Keren Freidenreich is a PhD student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned her B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis on History from the Open University of Israel (cum laude), and will obtain her M.A. in Ancient History from Tel Aviv University upon the completion of her thesis, “‘What Alcibiades Did and Suffered’: From a Man to an Archetype.” Her primary interests include the history of Athenian political regimes, Greek Tyranny, the tension between ancient governments and the individual, and especially, the integration of civic conception such as hybris and sexual paranomia with the political discourse of the time. She has given talks on the subject of Alcibiades’ figure in Thucydides, Plato and Plutarch, and has organized the online conference for graduate students in Israel, ‘Disguises and Distractions: Duality and Commentary in Antiquity.’ In April 2022, she will present her paper, “‘Not the son of Achilles, but Achilles himself’ – The Figure of Alcibiades as the Homeric Hero within the Democratic Polis” at the annual Classical Association conference, at Swansea University. She will also serve as co-chair for the upcoming 14th annual Classics department Graduate Student conference, ‘Secret Knowledge in the Ancient World: Acquisition and Concealment.’



Patricia Y. Hatcher is a Ph.D. student in Classics and a Program Social Media Fellow with the GC Digital Initiatives. She received a B.A. in American Studies and English from the College of William and Mary and then a Baccalaureate in Religion and Early Christian Studies from CUNY. Her M.A. in Theology from Union Theological Seminary was successfully completed with the submission of the thesis “Unicorn Imagery in the Church.” These studies have led to an interest in literary and material culture in the ancient Mediterranean, specifically focusing on myth, monsters, and other liminal beings. Her current work includes beings referenced by the word πέλωρ in Homer and Hesiod, representations and reception of Sirens in the ancient world, and Lucan’s Erichtho in all her glory.

Patricia spent Summer 2019 at the American Academy in Rome attending the Classical Summer School and Summer 2022 attending ASCSA’s Seminar on Thanatopsis, for which she received a scholarship from the NY Classical Club.

Patricia served as co-chair for the 2021 Graduate Student Conference, ‘Secret Knowledge in the Ancient World: Acquisition and Concealment,’ and will do so again for the 2022 conference.

Courses taught through CUNY: the Greek and Latin Roots of English; Myth in Film; Women in Antiquity.


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Victoria Hsu is a PhD student in Classics and a Provost Enhancement’s Fellow at the Graduate Center.  She earned a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis before coming to the Graduate Center. Her primary interests are in the poetics of the pre-Socratic philosophers.  She serves as a mentor in the CUNY Pipeline program.   In the spring of 2022 she will serve as a co-chair for the graduate student conference, “Secret Knowledge in the Ancient World: Acquisition and Concealment”.Email:

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 and Graduate Students' Council. His interests include Plato, Epicurus, and Hellenistic poetry and philosophy.Email:

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Ivan Maiorov is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He earned his B.A. (2019, cum laude), post-baccalaureate degree (2020), and M.A. (2022) for Classics at Rutgers University. His primary interest is ancient history, though he still harbors fascination with the Middle Ages. Ivan intends to work on the dictatorship of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, focusing on the revolutionary aspect of his Proscriptions. Before coming to CUNY, Ivan has also participated in the Rutgers Archaeological Field School in Vacone, Italy (2018, 2019), and helped preserve various mosaics during his second visit.



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.Email:

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Katrina Moore is a Classics Ph.D. student in Ancient History. She received her M.A. from Clemson University where she defended her thesis on Octavia Minor and the Transition from Republic to Empire under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Carney. She received her B.A. with Honors from the University of Houston where she defended her thesis on Augustan piety in connection to the Portico of the Danaids under the direction of Drs. Francesca Behr and Sarah Costello. Her research focuses on the late Roman Republic/Early Empire and the intersection of gender and representation, with special interests in politics, the role of empresses, and patronage. Katrina spent the summer of 2018 at the Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome, for which she received the Hahn Scholarship from CAAS. She will be presenting on the experience at the CAAS Conference in Fall 2018. Since 2017 she has been teaching Greek and Latin Roots of English (Fully Online) at Hunter College.


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David K. Sage is a Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. He received his B.A. in Latin and Greek from Hunter College, where he graduated number one in his class and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. David’s primary research interests are the history and literature of the late Roman Republic, concentrating on Cicero and his stoic political theory. David serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College and Queens College, teaching Greek and Roman culture, Greek philosophy, Classical Mythology, and Latin.Email:

Ayla Wing is an M.A. student in Classics. She received her B.A. in Latin Language & Literature with a concentration in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She currently works as a middle school Latin, ELA, and Social Studies teacher at a public school in Manhattan. Her main research interests are Latin pedagogy, particularly the application of Second Language Acquisition principles to the Latin language, as well as modern reception of Roman poetry and politics and disability studies.


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John Young is a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Fellow in Classics. He received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and an M.A. in Adolescent Education (Grades 7 -12) in Latin from Hunter College. He has taught Latin at the secondary school level for more than ten years. John is currently serving as president of SALVI (The North American Institute of Living Latin Studies). His main interests include Latin prose and poetry and the resuscitation of the use of Latin among scholars for contemporary communications. His main area of research at this time is the ancient use of land in practice and in poetry and the influence these exert on later ages.


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Emyr Dakin received his B.A. in Classical Studies from Swansea University in the UK and his M.A. in Classics from CUNY Graduate Center. Emyr completed his dissertation on the sociopolitical culture of the Greek cities on the coast of the North Black sea during the Long Hellenistic period, supervised by Jennifer Tolbert Roberts (CCNY) and Angelos Chaniotis (IAS) and earned his Ph.D. in 2020.

Emyr co-presented a panel at SCS 2020 entitled, Monumental Expressions of Identities, in which he will present the paper "IosPE I² 39: The Honorary Decree for Karzoazos, son of Attalos. A Monument for a ‘new man'?" Emyr also presented at NACGLE 2020: The Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. “IosPE I. 39: The Honorary Decree for Karzoazos, Son of Attalos. Rhetoric for a New Man”

Prior to returning to his studies, Emyr had been a professional muay-thai fighter. He has fought in Thailand, Japan, Denmark, and Sweden. He was also a one-time US WKA welterweight champion.

He now teaches at The College of New Jersey, where among other courses, he teaches Latin, as well as Warfare in the Ancient Greek and Roman World.


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Noah Davies-Mason is a Ph.D. 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."



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.


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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.


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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.


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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).

Her primary research area is the influence of Greek poetics in Roman elegy, particularly in the works of Tibullus. Broader interests include literary theory, Roman social history, economics of the Late Republican period, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and the influence of Greek poetics on Roman literature.

Victoria currently teaches at Hunter College. She has also taught at Brooklyn College and St. Joseph’s School through the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. She was the co-chair for the 2018 Annual Graduate Student Conference, ‘Sing, Muse: Literary, Theoretical, and Historical Approaches to Music in Classical Antiquity.’ She will serve as co-chair again for the upcoming conference in March 2020.



Jared A. Simard is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University. He received his PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2016 with a dissertation on Classics and Rockefeller Center: John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Use of Classicism in Public Space. He also received a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Prior to his current position, he was also a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at NYU.
Simard’s scholarly work focuses on mythology in literature and art. His publications have traced the reception of ancient mythology in the art and architecture of New York City combining classics, history, art history, archives, and biographical approaches into an interdisciplinary and innovative research agenda. Subsequently, his research touches upon theories of reception, American studies, and empire, as well as space and material culture. His research has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Fordham University Press, and Bloomsbury Academic. He is currently completing a book manuscript that traces connections between the classical education of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the mythological art, themes and iconography associated with Rockefeller Center. He is also Founder and Director of Mapping Mythology, a digital collection of classical mythology in post-antique art.


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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.

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Irene Morrison-Moncure is the junior class adviser for NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is also associate faculty. She received her B.A. in 2011 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and graduated from the Graduate Center in 2018 with a dissertation entitled “Affecting Civil War: The Poetics of Fear in Lucan's Bellum Civile." In her time at the Graduate Center, Irene was a Presidential MAGNET Fellow with the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity and helped coordinate CUNY’s Pipeline Program for Careers in Teaching and Research, supporting undergraduates from underrepresented groups as they pursue graduate studies. She is a 2015 participant of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute.



Melissa Marturano completed her PhD in Classical Philology in 2017 under the direction of Ronnie Ancona. She is interested—throughout her research and teaching—in Roman gender, queer, and women's studies, particularly the reaction to and the representation of rape and sexualized violence in ancient sources, female-sponsored epigraphy and architectural projects, and modern (feminist) poetic, literary, and cinematic receptions of ancient Mediterranean antiquity.

She wrote her dissertation on sexualized violence and rape in Ovid's corpus and how modern feminist concepts can illuminate the ways in which the poet represents violence against women. Melissa has presented her work at conferences including the Classical Association of the Atlantic States annual meetings and the "Classics and Feminism" conference series and her scholarly work and book reviews have been published in Classical Antiquities at New York University: The Inscriptions, edited by Michael Peachin and the Classical Outlook journal. She has upcoming publications on Ovid for edited volumes at both Bloomsbury Academic Press and University of Edinburgh Press.

From 2011 until 2021, Melissa taught courses at Brooklyn, Queens, and Hunter Colleges, CUNY 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, including the Doctoral Student Council. She is currently teaching the ancient languages and literature in translation at Bard Early College, Queens, where public high-school age students complete their high school degrees and college degrees simultaneously. Melissa is a proponent of the growing movement which believes we should teach the ancient languages as if they are modern languages to be acquired and she regularly attends and leads seminars conducted in Latin and Ancient Greek.

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, poetry, and music of Joanna Newson. Her newest academic project explores Newsom’s receptions of the Callisto, Merope, and Demeter and Persphone myths.


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Thomas Moody graduated with a Ph.D. in Classics in February 2022. His dissertation is titled “Emotion in Plato’s Trial of Socrates,” and he held an Altman Dissertation Fellowship in 2020-21 to support his work. His research interests include Socratic literature and the Platonic corpus; emotions in ancient literature; and the social dynamics of the ancient city. His current projects include articles on Socrates and Emotions in Plato’s Crito; the Educational Value of Epistemic Insecurity; and the Simultaneity of Pleasure and Pain in Plato. He also regularly presents his work-in-progress at regional and international conferences.

He teaches language and culture courses at Hunter College and courses in Greek and Latin for the Graduate Center’s Language Reading Program. He holds a B.A. in Classical Languages and Antiquity and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Latin from the University of Iowa.


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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 DGSC representative, was a member of the DGSC 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).


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Michael Goyette is an Instructor of Classics and Ancient Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He completed PhD, MPhil, and MA degrees in Classics at The Graduate Center, and a BA in Classical Studies at Vassar College. His scholarly and teaching interests include ancient science and the medical humanities, gender studies, Greek and Roman tragedy, reception studies, and pedagogy.

In both his research and teaching, Michael strives to demonstrate ways in which the humanities and the sciences complement and speak to each other in antiquity as well as the modern world. As such, he is especially interested in the versatile Roman author Seneca the Younger, and he is writing a book currently titled Seneca Medicus: Representations of Illness in Senecan Tragedy and Latin Medical Prose.

Michael has taught a broad range of undergraduate courses at Eckerd College, New College of Florida, Vassar College, and several colleges within CUNY. At CUNY Brooklyn, in 2015 he was selected from among more than 800 instructors across all academic departments to receive the Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Part-Time Faculty Member. In his current position at Eckerd, he is teaching Ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, along with developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses such as ‘The Sea in the Ancient Imagination’, ‘Women and Gender in the Ancient World’, ‘Animals in Ancient Science’, ‘Language and History of Medicine’, and a study abroad course, ‘Healing and Knowing in Italy’. To supplement his teaching in some of these areas, he has designed an open educational resources website:


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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.


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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 Modern Languages at the University of Colorado in Denver and the Department of Philosophy at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has recent publications in Arion, on the Papyri Magicae Graecae, and Classical World, on myth rationalization in Euripides. He has a book on the market, Cannabis in the Ancient Greek and Roman World.

Alan has a digital humanities project which combines online artifact curation and Classics outreach. It may be found on Instagram:

His research interests include ancient comedy, tragedy, mythology, mythography, religion, magic, medicine, science, philosophy, and material culture.


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Georgios Spiliotopoulos graduated with a Ph.D. in Classics in 2022. His doctoral dissertation with the title “The redefinition of the tragic cycle of hybris-ate-nemesis-tisis in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides”, was completed under the supervision of Professor Dee Clayman. He was a Graduate Center fellow for the first five years of his studies, and a Presidential fellow in the final year of his studies. His research interests include, among others, Attic Tragedy, Epic Poetry, and Ancient History. His first poetry book with the title “Leukampelos” was published in Greece, in 2020. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College of CUNY and at Fordham University.


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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:


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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.


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Chris Weimer completed his dissertation,  Eating People Is Might: Power And The Representation Of Anthropophagy In Antiquity, in 2022. He previously had received his B.A. in Latin and Greek with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Memphis and an Classics from San Francisco State, where he was awarded the Ungaretti Translation Award. He now is the Director of the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation's Boston laboratory. Chris maintains active interests in archaic Greek literature, the intersection of oral and written culture, the development of mythology, and applied statistics.


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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.



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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.




Kiran Pizarro Mansukhani received his MA from the Graduate Center in 2022. He is currently a PhD Student in Classics and Presidential Fellow at Brown University. His interests include Ancient Greek epistemology, Ancient Greek intellectual history, and the reception of Plato in South and Southeast Asian political thought. His writing can be seen in the upcoming Routledge volume, Critical Ancient World Studies: The Case for Forgetting Classics, the Society for Classical Studies’ Professional Blog, and Eidolon. His full CV can be found here.

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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.


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Scott Weiss graduated from the CUNY MA program in 2013. While a student at the Graduate Center, 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. After graduating from CUNY, he entered the PhD program in the Department of Classics at Stanford University, where he wrote a dissertation on the grotesque in Neronian art and literature. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at Knox College.


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