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

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Johanna Braff is a doctoral candidate, currently working on her dissertation entitled "Representations of Helen of Troy in Archaic Lyric and Epic". Before coming to the Graduate Center, she received her BA in Greek and Latin at Swarthmore College, a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also received the 2008 Teaching Assistant award. Johanna has taught courses in Mythology, and Greek and Roman literature in translation at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, Touro College and Lehman College.  She has given papers at the University of Toronto and the Association for the Study of Mythology and Women, and most recently co-authored a publication on the image of Helen in the Latin poets, appearing in the 2012 L'Antiquite Classique. Johanna is a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at Bronx Community College for the school year 2013-2014.

Email: lilbraff@gmail.com


Emyr Dakin is a fifth-year doctoral student in the History tract of the classics program. He received his BA in Classical Studies from Swansea University in the UK and his M.A. at The Cuny Graduate Center.

Emyr's research is focused on the (long) Hellenistic period, in particular, the Greek city states of the North Black Sea. His studies are facilitated by a keen interest in epigraphy and numismatics. Other pursuits include the ideology of Hellenistic kingship, especially ruler cults.

In April 2011, Emyr presented a paper at the Princeton Graduate Student Colloquium on Villains in Greek fiction and also presented at CAAS in 2011.

Emyr has taught Classical Mythology in the College Now program at Queens College and a variety of classes at Hunter College. He now teaches Latin at The College of New Jersey. This spring Emyr will also be teaching at TCNJ the course, "Finding Alexander: Alexander the Great and his Tradition."

Email: edakin@gc.cuny.edu


Noah Davies-Mason is a first year doctoral student. He earned his BA in Greek and Latin from Hunter College (summa cum laude) where he received the Adelaide Hahn Prize in Greek and Latin (2013) and the Josephine Earle Prize in Greek (2012). In his undergraduate honors thesis, he addressed connections to Plato in Theocritus Idyll 14. Before coming to the Graduate Center, Noah attended the summer session at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with the support of Hunter College. His research interests include Greek philosophy and poetry, especially Plato and Theocritus.

Email: ndavies_mason@gc.cuny.edu


Michael Goyette recently defended his PhD dissertation entitled Roman Tragedy and Medicine: Language and Imagery of Illness in Seneca and Celsus. 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. His current research interests include ancient medicine, Greek and Roman tragedy, the Roman novel, and the pedagogy of Classics. He has also gained experience with material culture through his participation in the 2011 Summer Session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and by helping excavate an archaic period sanctuary of Apollo on the Greek island of Despotiko.

Michael has had three articles published in respected academic journals, and he has presented research papers at conferences held by the American Philological Association / Society for Classical Studies (in both 2012 and 2015), the Classical Association of Canada, the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of South Carolina. He will be presenting a paper entitled “Language of Mental Illness in Seneca’s Tragedies and Celsus” at a conference at the University of Miami in March 2015. At The Graduate Center, Michael organized graduate student conferences which brought together speakers from across the world. He was the chair of the conference Living on the Edge: Liminality in Classical Antiquity in April 2010, and followed this up by co-chairing the conference Spes et Ratio Studiorum: Education in the Classical World in May 2011. Michael regularly teaches a core curriculum course on Greek and Roman literature and culture at Brooklyn College. There he has also taught courses such as Greek and Roman Mythology, The Self and Society, and Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course completely of his own design. His teaching efforts at Brooklyn College have been recognized by an award for exceptional pedagogy. Michael has also taught courses at The City College of New York, including Elementary Latin and The Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language, and he is teaching an Intermediate Latin course focused on Vergil’s Aeneid at Hunter College in Spring 2015. Michael frequently attends pedagogical seminars in order to refine his teaching skills and to explore innovative ways of educating and engaging diverse groups of students. In recent semesters, he has successfully implemented Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy in several courses after receiving training in this method from Brooklyn College’s TBL Academy in 2013.

Email: mpgoyette@brooklyn.cuny.edu


Timothy Hanford is a doctoral candidate in classics. He is currently at work on his dissertation, entitled “Senecan Tragedy and Virgil’s Aeneid: Repetition and Reversal.” He has recently taught courses at Hunter College (Latin language, literature, and pedagogy) and Brooklyn College (classical culture and literature). In 2013, he co-chaired the GC Classics graduate student conference entitled “Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World.” Tim has presented various papers at other Classics conferences, including “Seneca Agamemnon 435-6: Abandoning Troy or Reinventing Virgil?” (University of Michigan, 2013), “A New Reading of the 4th ode of Seneca’s Troades” (CAAS, 2012), "Antony's Desecration of the Domus in Cicero's Second Philippic" (Boston University, 2011), "The Migrant Killer in Homer" (University of Pennsylvania, 2011) and "Caesar and the Paradox of Peace in Lucan's Bellum Civile" (ACL Institute, 2010). He has attended the summer programs of both the American Academy in Rome (2003) and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2009). Tim also has 10 years of experience teaching high school Latin in Brooklyn, having obtained permanent New York State public school teacher certification in Latin grades 7-12. He received a BA in Classics from NYU and an MA in Latin from Hunter College.

Email: thanford@gc.cuny.edu


Tristan Husby is a fifth year PhD. student in the Ancient History Track within the Classics Program. Although a historian, he also has a strong foundation in language and literature and has taught a number of language and literature classes, including Third and Fourth Semester Latin at the City College of New York and Literature and Film at Brooklyn College. This semester he is teaching Classics in Translation at Queens College and the Greek and Latin Roots of English at the City College of New York, where he is also the faculty advisor to the Classics Club. Tristan’s main interests in antiquity are Greek and Roman slavery and religion. His most recent conference presentation on these topics is “Who Pays for Freedom? The “Lists of the Silver Bowls” and Athenian Manumission,” at the Graduate Student Conference on Ancient Slavery at Brock University in February 2014. However his interests are not limited to the subjects of slavery and religion: he is currently working on an article on the tyrant Dionysius II and his portrayal in a variety of different genres.

Tristan's main interests in antiquity are Greek and Roman slavery and religion. His most recent conference presentation on these topics is "Who Pays for Freedom? The "Lists of the Silver Bowls" and Athenian Manumission," at the Graduate Student Conference on Ancient Slavery at Brock University in February 2014. However his interests are not limited to the subjects of slavery and religion: he is currently working on an article on the tyrant Dionysius II and his portrayal in a variety of different genres.

Email: tristan.husby@gmail.com



Allannah Karas is a doctoral student in Classical Philology. She came to the Graduate Center with a Masters of Humanities in Classics from the University of Dallas and a BA in Liberal Studies (Great Books Program) from Magdalen College, New Hampshire.

Her research focuses largely on ancient rhetoric and persuasion within Greek tragedy. Other interests of hers include epic poetry, Greek philosophy, ancient epistolography, and Latin pedagogy. She will present a paper entitled "Rhetorical Aeschylus" at the 2014 Meeting of the APA and at the 2013 Meeting of CAAS.  In 2011, she presented "Amor μικραίτιος: Demands and Desires in the Letters of Pliny the Younger" at the CUNY Comparative Literature Conference.

Allannah currently teaches Latin I and II and "The Greek and Latin Roots of English" at Hunter College. She also taught several intensive and beginning Latin courses at the University of Dallas. Here at the Graduate Center, she has served on the Executive Committee in her department and, as a Presidential MAGNET Fellow she has worked with the Pipeline program preparing undergraduate students for graduate school.

Email: akaras@gc.cuny.edu



Kent Klymenko is a Ph.D. student in Classics. He 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 is also the Latin teacher for a school in New Jersey.

Email:  kklymenko@gc.cuny.edu



Aramis Lopez is a second-year doctoral student. He received a B.A. in Human Ecology (concentration in Philosophy) at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a second B.A. in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is currently a teaching fellow at Hunter College, as well as one of the co- chairs of the 2011 Classics Graduate Student Conference, "Spes et Ratio Studiorum: Education in the Classical World." He also serves on the Executive Committee and as the Classics representative in the Doctoral Students Council. His interests include Plato, Epicurus, and Hellenistic poetry and philosophy.

Email: aramisllopez@gmail.com


Jeremy March is a doctoral student in Classics with interests in the Greek language and linguistics, Greek literature, and applications of technology in the humanities. He received a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Mary Washington College and has 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.

Email: jmarch@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Melissa Marturano is a fifth-year Ph.D student. She received her B.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization from Boston University in 2010 (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa). During her undergraduate years, as well, she attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, where she focused on Roman archaeology.

Melissa is broadly interested in (predominantly Roman) gender, queer, and women's studies, particularly the participation of the reaction to and the representation of rape and sexual violence in ancient sources, lesbianism in the ancient sources, (transgressive) women of the late Republic, Augustan Age, and imperial household, female-sponsored epigraphy and architectural projects, and the roles of women in her favorite authors, Catullus, Euripides, Homer, Ovid, Petronius, Sappho, Sophocles, and Vergil.

Melissa taught Classics in translation, Film and Literature, and Self and Society at Brooklyn College as a Graduate Teaching Fellow from 2011-2014. She currently is a Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship at Brooklyn College, working on curriculum development for various disciplines at the college.

From 2011-2013, Melissa served on her department's Faculty Membership Committee and Admissions Committee and she now serves the Classics department as their internal elections coordinator, Doctoral Students’ Council representative, and Curriculum and Exams committee student member.

In October 2011, Melissa presented a paper on rapes and victim-blaming in Ovid's Metamorphoses at the Classical Association of Atlantic States annual conference and in May 2012, she presented a paper on sexist and feminists scholarly reactions to Sempronia in Sallust's Bellum Catilinae at the Classical Association of Canada annual conference. In October 2013, she presented another paper at CAAS on sexual violence in Kalypso's and Odysseus' relationship. Recently in April 2014, she presented a paper on feminist pedagogy and Medea at Fordham University’s First Annual Graduate Student Conference.

Melissa will soon have published articles in the upcoming Classical Antiquities at New York University: The Inscriptions, edited by Michael Peachin from L’Erma di Bretschneider.

Outside of academia, Melissa leads and participates in many queer, feminist, and radical activist organizations including Black and Pink and Books Through Bars, co-runs and edits a feminist literary blog, Blessing All the Birds about the image and music of Joanna Newsom, and fancies herself to be a (very much part-time) singer-songwriter.

Email: mmarturano@gc.cuny.edu


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.





Email: irmorrisonmonc@gmail.com


Nathan Dufour Oglesby is a 4th-year doctoral student. He received his BA in Latin from Western Washington University in 2009. In 2013 he presented his paper "Hipponax as Hipponax: Analogues and Antecedents for a Role of Hipponax in the Performance of Ancient Iambic Poetry" at the annual meeting of the American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture at the University of Southern Florida. Besides poetry and its performance, his other principal interests include ancient music and philosophy. He's also a musician, and in that capacity a member of a collective called Show and Smell Recordings. He enjoys teaching at City College and Hunter College.


Email: nathandoglesby@gmail.com


Cameron Pearson is Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation is titled "Alkmaionid Epigrams and the Framing of Archaic Monuments." He has delivered papers at professional and graduate student conferences, such as, "Different Ideologies of Retreat in the Iliad and Archaic Elegy," and "A Greek Sacred Law in the Light of Roman and German Occupation: SEG 21.469.” He has been a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, short-term fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia, and has taken part in the ASCSA excavations of 'the Byzantine House' in Ancient Corinth. He is also the English translator of an Archaeological guide to Durrës, Albania, "Artemis à Dyrrhachion: Guides de Durres 1." Before beginning at the Graduate Center, he lived in Paris while studying linguistics and comparative literature at l'Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot and received his B.A. in literature from the New School University here in New York.


Email: cpearson@gc.cuny.edu


Cristina Pérez Diaz. (Puerto Rico) Second year PhD student in the Classics department. Has a Masters in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Post-baccalaureate studies in Classics from Columbia University. Learned Greek and Latin in the Latin/Greek Institute. Her main area of interest is Greek and Roman theatre, studied from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes literary criticism, epigraphy, translation, performance studies/practice, aesthetics, metaphysics and political theory.

Email: perdiaz.c@gmail.com


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.





Email: dsage@gc.cuny.edu


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 (http://mappingmythology.com). 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.

Email: jsimard@gc.cuny.edu


Chris Weimer is a fourth year Ph.D. student 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.

Email: cweimer@gc.cuny.edu



Profiles for the following students are pending.

John Dreger
Stephen Ogumah
 



RECENT ALUMNI


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).

Email: mbroder@mbroder.com


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.

Email: pmcbreen@gc.cuny.edu


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.

Email: asumler@gradcenter.cuny.edu


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

Email: gtsouva@ilstu.edu


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.

Email: alissa.vaillancourt@villanova.edu


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.


Email: MWilliams2@gc.cuny.edu
 

M.A. Program


Nathaniel Ralston received his Master's Degree in 2012 with aspirations of advancing to a PhD program in archaeology. When he was rejected from his preferred programs, he entered the world of finance working at his father's boutique brokerage firm. This day job, however, does not keep him from holding lengthy conversations about classical texts with his dearest friends from the department, nor from attending the occasional lecture in and around the city. Most happily, he still finds time to gather research and compose papers on subjects he is passionate about, such as 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.

Email: nathaniel.ralston@gmail.com
 


Scott Weiss graduated from the MA program in 2013. Under the supervision of Craig Williams, he completed his thesis entitled Self-fashioning among Roman Freedmen: A Comparative Study of Petronius' Satyrica and Inscriptions from Puteoli. While at the Graduate Center, he also served as co-chair for the conference Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World. Before coming to CUNY, he received his BA with High Honors in Latin and Greek from Swarthmore College. He is currently a PhD student in the classics department at Stanford University where he works primarily on Roman cultural history and Latin literature.

Email: sweiss14@gmail.com