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Alumni Highlights

For full alumni 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%).

Alumni Profiles

Ph.D. Alumni


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.


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.


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 Simard 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.

Cameron Pearson

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


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 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, female honoeroticism 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. She has upcoming publications on Ovid for edited volumes at both Bloomsbury and Oxford. 

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; film; and the ancient languages. 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 and Latin in the Classics Department at Hunter College (by night) and Ancient Greek and Latin at Riverdale Country School, a progressive middle and upper school in the Bronx (by day). Melissa is a proponent of teaching the ancient languages as if they are modern languages to be acquired by her students and 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.


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).


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:


Timothy Hanford completed his dissertation, entitled "Senecan Tragedy and Virgil's Aeneid: Repetition and Reversal," in Fall 2014, under the supervision of Professor Ronnie Ancona. He has recently taught courses at Hunter College (Latin language, literature, and pedagogy), Brooklyn College (classical culture and literature), Fordham University (Latin), and Montclair State University (Latin and mythology). In 2014, he wrote a review of the performance of Seneca’s Thyestes at Barnard/Columbia, published in the online journal Didaskalia ( In 2013, he co-chaired the GC Classics graduate student conference entitled "Beyond Words: Translation and the Classical World." Tim has presented various papers at other Classics conferences, including "Seneca Agamemnon 435-6: Abandoning Troy or Reinventing Virgil?" (University of Michigan, 2013), "A New Reading of the 4th ode of Seneca's Troades" (CAAS, 2012), "Antony's Desecration of the Domus in Cicero's Second Philippic" (Boston University, 2011), "The Migrant Killer in Homer" (University of Pennsylvania, 2011) and "Caesar and the Paradox of Peace in Lucan's Bellum Civile" (ACL Institute, 2010). He has attended the summer programs of both the American Academy in Rome (2003) and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2009). Tim also has 10 years of experience teaching high school Latin in Brooklyn, having obtained permanent New York State public school teacher certification in Latin grades 7-12. He received a BA in Classics from NYU and an MA in Latin from Hunter College.



Paul McBreen received his Ph. D. on Feb. 1, 2012. The title of his dissertation is Ktiseis/Aitia in Various Ancient Greek Prose Authors. He will attend the Summer Institute for Greek Palaeography at Lincoln College, Oxford during August of 2012. He is currently researching Platonic and Demosthenic scholia, and lexica from late antiquity. He is employed as a Substitute Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY, where he would like to become a tenured faculty member.


Alan Sumler 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.


Georgia Tsouvala is associate professor of history at Illinois State University. She completed her dissertation, "The social and historical context of Plutarch's Erotikos," under the supervision of Professor Ronnie Ancona, in 2008. She also holds a B.A. from Hunter College (1999). In addition to teaching ancient history and Latin at ISU, she has directed and co-directed study abroad programs to Greece and Rome. More recently she was the 2014 Gertrude Smith Professor, Co-director of Summer Session I, at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Georgia's research interests include Greek and Latin language and literature with a special focus on Plutarch, Greek and Roman history (especially the history of women in Greece during the early Roman Empire), and epigraphy. She has published chapters and presented a number of papers both nationally and internationally on Plutarch and his milieu, as well as on women in the Greek East. Her current c.v. can be found here:


Alissa Vaillancourt is Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for the Classical Studies Program in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University. While a student at The Graduate Center, she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Brooklyn College, and she completed her dissertation, "Leonidas of Tarentum: A Wandering Poet in the Tradition of Greek Literature" under the supervision of Prof. Dee L. Clayman in 2013. Alissa holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece through the College Year in Athens program. She was later awarded a Fulbright scholarship for attendance in the Summer Classical Program at the American Academy in Rome (2005). Her research interests include Hellenistic poetry, realism, Greek and Latin elegy and epigram, and texts and readers in the ancient world.


Maura K. Williams completed her dissertation, “Homeric Diction in Posidippus,” in September, 2013. She is currently a Research Assistant for, a papyrological transcription project based at Oxford University and at the University of Minnesota. She has been a Teaching Specialist in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Lecturer in Classical Mythology at Queens College, New York. In August, Maura was a respondent at the Eleventh Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry. She is now in the process of developing a paper presented last fall at the Heartland Graduate Conference, “Homeric Scholarship in lithika Poems of Posidippus,” while also expanding on some of the intertextual points in her dissertation, particularly the varied use of epigrammatic topoi in Posidippus and other poets.


M.A. Alumni

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.


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  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.