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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:

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

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.


Patricia Y. Hatcher is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Fellow in Classics.  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 magic, myth, and monsters.  Her current work includes oracles and divine signs, representations of liminality in the Roman world, and the philology of words pertaining to monsters. 

Patricia spent Summer 2019 at the American Academy in Rome attending the Classical Summer School.  Due to the pandemic, Summer 2020 activities have been postponed to 2021.  These include attending ASCSA’s Seminar on Macedon and Thrace, for which she received a scholarship from the NY Classical Club, and presenting a paper entitled “Is It a Monster?: Πέλωρ in Homer and Hesiod” at the International Homer Conference on Ithaca.

Patricia currently serves as the Chair for the Racism and Diversity Committee in the Graduate Center’s Classics Department.

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


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. 



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.


Kiran Pizarro Mansukhani is a PhD student in Classical Philology. He received his A.B. in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude) and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Classics from Columbia University. He is primarily interested in sense perception in the Platonic tradition. Other interests include ancient metaphysics and epistemology more broadly, the history of philosophy, and Greek intellectual history. 

He has presented at conferences such as FIEC/CA, the Society for Classical Studies’ Annual Meeting, and Our Voices: A Conference for All of Us. His writing can be seen in Eidolon as well as the forthcoming, The New York Anthology of Latin Prose. His contribution to the anthology includes commentaries and translations for accounts of time in ancient and medieval philosophy.


Mary Jean McNamara

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.



Thomas Moody is a Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. He has earned a B.A. and M.U.P. from the University of Kansas and an MA from the University of Iowa.

His primary research area in Greek political thought and rhetoric, especially in Plato and Isocrates. Broader interests include the reception of Platonic thought in the early Christan period, urban theory and planning, and the history of philosophy.

Thomas is currently teaching classical language and literature courses at City College and Queens College. He has previously taught in the urban planning department at the University of Kansas and in the classics department at the University of Iowa. He is also a co-editor for Periodos (GC) and has served as an assistant editor for Syllecta Classica (University of Iowa).

Email: tmoody@gradcenter.cuny.ed

Katrina Moore

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.


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.


Georgios Spiliotopoulos

Georgios Spiliotopoulos is a Ph.D. student in Classics. He received his B.A. in Classical Philology (Honors) and his Master’s Degree in Ancient Greek Language and Literature (Honors) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His main research interests are Homeric Poetry, Attic Tragedy and Papyrology. His other interests include writing poetry and studying - playing chess. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College and at City College of New York.


Chris Weimer is a doctoral candidate and Chancellor’s Graduate Teaching Fellow in Classics. He received his B.A. in Latin and Greek with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Memphis and an M.A. from San Francisco State, where he was awarded the Ungaretti Translation Award. His Master’s thesis examined the role foreign (chiefly Scythian, Egyptian, and Persian) religion played in ethnic discourse in Herodotus’ Histories. Chris has written and presented on topics such as Roman reception of Greek literature, Greek reception of Roman hegemony, and cannibalism in the Mediterranean and Near East. He served as a research assistant for Professor Megan Williams on the Enmansche Kaisergeschichte in 2010-2011 and teaches courses at Brooklyn College and Queens College. In 2014, he also was the co-chair of the CUNY Graduate Student Conference in the Classics. Chris maintains active interest in archaic Greek literature, cross-cultural trade and interaction, and ancient religion.



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.


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.