September 14, 2021

The Ph.D. program in Classics celebrates recent presentations, awards, publications, and other achievements by our students and alumni in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Current Students

Jamie Banks gave a lightning talk on literary translation at the SCS in January and participated in the LingComm (linguistic communication) panel on doing linguistics with young people and the “Trans in Classics” panel at CAMWS.  He gave a paper at the Northeast MLA Conference on “Introspection in the Letters of Early Modern Humanist Scientists: The Case of Kepler.” He has just begin organizing a weekly spoken Latin improv group.

Nan Coffey gave a paper on Propertius 4. 7 titled "Pia somnia per pias ianuas” at the session om "The Ancient and Modern Traditions of Introspective Analysis” at the Northeast MLA Conference.

Noah Davies-Mason has received a dissertation fellowship for next year to complete his thesis Silence in Hellenistic Poetry and Philosophy. He is currently advisor/coordinator for Hunter's Solomon Bluhm Scholars Program. In September he will present a paper on Medea in Apollonius of Rhodes at the conference on Hellenistic Poetry at Groningen. His paper on Lucretius' treatment of the harmony-theory of soul is due to appear in a volume Teaching Through Images (ed. A. Vergados and Jenny Strauss Clay) later this year. 

Keren Freidenreich is volunteering this summer at the Save Ancient Studies Alliance helping to organize their August 15-16 virtual conference.

Victoria Jansson has been awarded the Lane Cooper fellowship for next year.  Her article “Towards a ‘Political’ Tibullus: Ceres and Grain in Elegies Books 1 and 2” has been published in the New England Classical Journal, Vol. 48: Issue 1, 20-35:

Kiran Mansukhani‘s blog piece “Stripping Men & Myth: Lil Nas X’s Reconstitution of Greek tradition in MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” co-authored with Vanessa Ruth Stovall appeared on the SCS website on June 22 of this year:

Kiran was awarded the Hahn award and Lawler Scholarship in 2020 to go to one of the ASCSA summer seminars in 2021, but unfortunately this year’s program was cancelled and he was unable to accept either of them. 

He received a stipend to attend the Teach@CUNY online summer institute last summer. He also received a University Fellowship for the Spring 2021 semester.

A couple of lines of his writing was featured in the first CUNY Brief of 2021. He has contributed 3 short commentaries to Phil Thibodeau’s New York Anthology of Latin Prose and is now working on a chapter for the upcoming Routledge volume, Critical Ancient World Studies: The Case For Forgetting Classics, with the current working title “The Classicism of Karl Marx’s Dissertation,” of which he presented a draft at the initial Critical Ancient World Studies Workshop held in September. 
Toby Moody gave the paper “Plato’s Re-stagings of Aristophanes’ Clouds” at the virtual CAAS meeting last fall.


Emyr Dakin’s chapter, “The Honorary Decree for Karzoazos, Son of Attalos (IOSPE I² 39) A Monument for a ‘New Man?’,” is now in press in Athens in Angelos Chaniotis and David Braund, eds., Roman Pontos

Federico Di Pasqua completed his PhD and has signed a contract as Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway residence Rector.

Michael Goyette at Eckerd College has published “Seneca’s ‘Corpus’: A Sympathy of Fluids and Fluctuations” in Bodily Fluids in Antiquity, eds. L. Totelin, V. Leonard, and M. Bradley; Routledge 2021, 272-286 and “Found in Translation: Engendering Inclusive and Conscientious Pronoun Pedagogy in Ancient Greek and Latin Language Classrooms” in The Classical Journal 116.3 (Feb./March 2021), 355-380.  He has given several papers: “Healing the Divide: Engaging STEM Students through Ancient Science and Medicine”, CAMWS Annual Meeting, May 28, 2020; “Eros, Healthy and Diseased: Plato’s Symposium and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera” (invited panelist), Plague Literature in the Time of Coronavirus: An Online Symposium for the Quarantined, hosted by Lawrence Technological University, May 8, 2020.

Michael was co-organizer, presider, and respondent on the panel “Teaching Classics and STEM: Recruitment, Enrichment, Outreach, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration”, at the remote meeting of CAMWS in April, a panel sponsored by the CAMWS Committee for the Promotion of Latin and Greek.  In April the SCS blog featured an interview with him  “In Dialogue: Trans Studies and Classics—A Conversation on Pronoun Inclusive Pedagogy with Michael Goyette.” April 12, 2021. With Chiara Blanco, Allegra Hahn, and Simona Martorana he also organized the online conference “Disease, Community and Communication from Antiquity to Today” that took place on June 19, 2021.

He has been appointed a delegate to the Committee for the Promotion of Latin and Greek and serves on the Classics and Social Justice Steering Committee, and he has developed and taught new courses in Animals in Ancient Science and New Diseases in History and Literature.

Walter (Pete) Penrose (Ancient History) gave a paper on "Subverting the Spanish Conquest: Race, Amazons, and the Search for California" at the SCS annual meeting on January 6 of this year and thus has an airtight alibi for the insurrection. He also gave a talk to the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center on April on "Provincializing Athens: Rethinking the Legend of the Amazons from a Non-Greek Perspective."  He had an article "Power and Patronage: Rethinking the Legacy of Artemisia II" in Ronnie Ancona and Georgia Tsouvala’s New Directions in the Study of Women in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Oxford, 2021) and another, "Heroic Hairstyles and Man-less Multiracial Amazons in Troy Fall of a City," is forthcoming in Screening Love and War in Troy Fall of a City, eds. Monica Cyrino and Antony Augoustakis (forthcoming with Bloomsbury).

Haley Ryan completed her MA degree and has received a contract for next year at the Hewitt School, making her no longer just a leave replacement!

Jared Simard, Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at NYU, received a technology-enhanced teaching award from his program and was also awarded the Arts and Science Teaching Innovation Award by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. He was also elected to a two-year term on his program's Steering Committee.

Alan Sumler (CU Denver) has an article “Myth Rationalization in Euripidean Tragedy” in the most recent issue of Classical World. His book, Cannabis in the Ancient Greek and Roman World was just released as a paperback. He has also been working on the stock market, publishing articles with  Seeking Alpha, a crowd-sourced content service for financial markets.

Georgia Tsouvala has co-edited (with Ronnie Ancona) the volume New Directions for the Study of Women in the Greco-Roman World (Oxford, 2021), a collection of essays in honor of the groundbreaking work of our Emerita colleague Sarah Pomeroy.  The volume includes Georgia’s article “Female Athletes in the Late Hellenistic and Roman Greek World.”    greco-roman-world-9780190937638?cc=us&lang=en

She has also co-edited with Jeffrey Beneker The Discourse of Marriage in the Greco-Roman World. (Wisconsin 2020) for which she wrote the introduction on “The Discourse of Marriage and its Context.”

In April she gave a talk online at Newman University on “Macedonian, Persian, and other Women in Alexander’s Campaigns, and in May she chaired a panel on Roman Social History at the annual meeting (virtual) of the Association of Ancient Historians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Branko van Oppen (Ancient History) has been appointed Curator of Ancient Art at the Tampa Museum of Art.  Along with Chiara Cavallo he has served as a guest editor Animals in Ancient Material Culture, 3 vols. (2019-present) and has published numerous reviews and three articles:

  • “A Ptolemaic King as Egyptian Pharaoh,” in Egyptian Delta Archaeology: Short Studies in Honour of Willem van Haarlem, ed. by Ben van den Bercken (Leiden: Sidestone Press, 2021), 113-120.
  • “Exalted Eroticism Ancient Egyptian Wooden Statue of a Young Woman,” RdE 70 (2020): 95-121;
  •  “Lovely Ugly Bes! Animalistic Aspects in Ancient Egyptian Popular Religion,” Arts 9.2 (2020);
  • “Amastris: The First Hellenistic Queen,” Historia 69.1 (2020): 17-37;