Current Graduate Students

Classics

Bissell, E. Perot 

Geadrities, Chris 

Machado, Dominic 

Stinson, Jeanmarie

Blythe, Barbara

Hull, Stephany 

McDonald, Anne 

Swalec, Jen

 

Jacobs, William

 

Teo, Wendy

Brinkman, Bryan

Janzen, Darrel

Mulder, Tara 

Van Veldhuizen, Michiel

Byrd, Justin 

Jones (Kelly), Karen 

 

Wellenbach, Matt

Caldis, Sam

Karper, Luther 

Philbrick, Rachel 

Yates, Jennifer

Digiulio, Scott 

Kurz, Joey

Rabe, Anne

 

Donahoe, Colleen 

Troia (LaFrance), Adrianne 

Resh, Daria 

Fairbank, Keith

MacDougall, Byron

Settle, Trigg 


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Stevie Hull (2012)
Email: stephany_hull 

Stevie received her BA in Classics from Cornell University in 2010. In her senior thesis she examined some literary uses of scripture in the letters of Paulinus of Nola, a 4th century CE senator turned monk. Her other background in Classics includes two summers of intensive study at CUNY Brooklyn's Latin/Greek Institute and a year teaching Latin at a public high school in New Jersey. At Brown she is studying the literature of late antiquity. She is currently completing a special topic on post-classical Greek biography and hagiography.

Trigg Settle (2012)
Email: trigg_settle

Trigg graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 (summa cum laude) with a B.A. in Classical Studies, and in 2012 with an M.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature. His Master’s thesis, entitled “Higher Powers: Divine Will and Agency in Euripides’ Hippolytos and Herakles,” examines how in these two plays the distinction between gods and mortals is negotiated through specific speech acts that either threaten or affirm a god’s identity as greater than human. While at Brown, Trigg has continued to develop his research interests in Greek drama of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, with an eye toward the role of performance in the transmission and reception of ancient plays, as well as the discursive practices surrounding performance and theater culture in and around Athens beginning in the classical period.          

Michiel van Veldhuizen (2012) 
Email: michiel_van_veldhuizen@brown.edu

Michiel van VeldhuizenMichiel van Veldhuizen

Michiel graduated from University College Utrecht (the Netherlands) in 2010 with a BA in History and Philosophy. He received his MA in Classics from Brandeis University in 2012, and his thesis “A Theology of Memory: The Concept of Memory in the Greek Experince of the Divine” explored the roles of Mnemosyne and recollection in Greek religio-philosophical thought. In the summer of 2011, he participated in a joyous dig in Croatia, and the following summer he presented a paper entitled “Artemis among the Other: Ritual Human Sacrifice and the Cult of Diana Nemorensis” at the Symposium Cumanum 2012. At Brown, Michiel hopes to work on the divine in Plato and the thought and Nachleben of the Presocratics, while also pursuing his interests in Sanskrit and Roman Satire. He enjoys Tintin, coffee, and roadtrips.

Darrel Janzen (2011)
Email: darrel_janzen

Darrel graduated with a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 2011 with majors in History and Classical Studies, with additional concentrations in Latin and Greek. He has also studied at the University of the Fraser Valley (2006) and at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (2009). While at UBC, he also worked as an RA for several years, researching Roman social, legal and military history, inter alia. In the summers of 2012-13, he attended the Paideia Institute's spoken Latin and spoken Attic Greek programs in Rome and Selianitika. This coming year he looks forward to completing directed studies in Livy (Bodel) and Thucydides (Scafuro).  Darrel's interests include cultural history in early Imperial Rome, the social history of Roman law, Tacitus, Aelius Sejanus, and Latin historiography.

Rachel Philbrick (2011)
Email: rachel_philbrick

Rachel grew up in Cambridge, MA, and earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Latin summa cum laude and a B.A. in Biology and Society. After teaching middle school science in Washington, DC, as a Teach For America Corps member, she earned her M.A. in Classics at the University of Kentucky. Rachel joined the Deparment of Classics at Brown in the fall of 2011. Her research interests include Hellenistic and Augustan poetry, especially Ovid.

Daria Resh (2011)
Email: daria_resh

A native of Yekaterinburg (the Urals, Russia); BA in History, Ural State University, 2009. MA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, St Petersburg State University, 2011; MA thesis on writings of Symeon of Thessalonica (early XV century) with focus on problems of genre and self-representation. Participated in Medieval Greek Summer School in Dumbarton Oaks (2010), and presented a paper at XXII International Congress in Byzantine Studies (Sofia, 2011). Interested in rhetorical theory and literary circles in 10th century Constantinople, as well as reception of classical and medieval texts in modern Greek literature.

Elliston Bissel (2010, ABD)
Email: elliston_bissel
Disertation TitleSubsumption and Primacy in Greco-Roman and Indic Epic, supervised by Joe Pucci

Elliston graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010, with a major in Classical Languages and Literature. His senior thesis, “Cato in Lucan’s Poetic Conception of History”, explored Lucan’s use of the Stoic hero in his presentation of a history of the world marked by endless civil war. As an undergraduate he also studied Sanskrit, and spent summers at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg and the American School of Indian Studies in Pune, India. He is currently enrolled in the Sanskrit and Classics PhD program, and hopes to work on comparative projects relating the traditions of epic poetry both of South Asia and the Mediterranean.

Justin Byrd (2010)
Email: justin_byrd

Justin graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a BA in Classics and Religion. He is the inaugural student in the Sanskrit Language and Literature track. His interests center on the Sanskrit Mahābhārata, with special attention to its narrative and the manner of its reception in later Sanskrit texts. He is also exploring an interest in the Mahābhārata’s philosophical and didactic material.

Scott DiGiulio (2009, ABD)
Email: scott_digiulio
Disseration Title: "Aulus Gellius, the Noctes Atticae, and the Literary Logic of Miscellany under the High Roman Empire,", supervised by John Bodel  

Scott received an A.B. from Harvard University in 2009, graduating magna cum laude with highest honors in the Classics. His senior thesis, entitled "The Mask of the Alien: Attitudes Towards Foreigners in Satiric Literature Under the Roman Empire," earned a departmental prize for excellence. At Brown, he has completed special authors on Lucian and Aulus Gellius, as well as an independent study on Philostratus. Scott has also participated in the ASCSA Summer Session in 2011, and will be a fellow of the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities at Venice International University in 2013-14. His research interests include Second Sophistic literary and intellectual culture; identity in the ancient world; Roman satire; and multilingualism and code-switching. He is writing a dissertation, directed by John Bodel, entitled "Aulus Gellius, the Noctes Atticae, and the Literary Logic of Miscellany under the High Roman Empire," which explores the literary techniques of Gellius' miscellany in their Roman and Second Sophistic contexts.

Adrianne Troia (LaFrance) (2009, ABD)
Email: adrianne_lafrance
Disertation Title: The Epitaph for Bion:  Agonism and Fictional Biography as Literary Criticism in the Late Bucolic, supervised by Jay Reed 

Adrianne received her B.A. in Classics summa cum laude from nearby Roger Williams University in 2008, after which she studied abroad in Leipzig, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar (08-09). In 2010-2011 she co-organized the Graduate International Colloquium "Ancient Drama and the Performance of Political Ideologies: Voices from the Center and the Edges" with fellow graduate student Matthew Wellenbach. Adrianne has completed special author studies in Catullus with Prof. Jeri DeBrohun (Spring 2012) and Greek Bucolic with Jay Reed (Fall 2011). Her primary research interest centers upon Greek bucolic in general, and late bucolic and the Epitaph for Bion specifically; still, she has found herself invested in other topics from all over the map: Fortunatus (currently working on a paper on servitium amoris in the personal poetry), Homer, metapoetics & literary criticism, and allusion.

Byron MacDougall (2009, ABD)
Email: byron_macdougall
Disertation Title:  Gregory of Nazianzus and Christian Festival Rhetoric, supervised by Stratis Papaioannou

After graduating with a BA in Classics from Harvard in 2007, Byron taught for two years at the Dexter and Southfield Schools in Brookline, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2008 he studied at Father Reginald Foster’s spoken Latin course in Rome. At Brown he took his special author exams on Augustine (with Joe Pucci) and Gregory of Nazianzus (with Stratis Papaioannou), and he currently works on Late Antique Greek literature and cultural history.

Tara Mulder (2009, ABD)
Email: tara_mulder
Dissertation Title:  The Practice of Midwifery in the Roman Empire, supervised by John Bodel 


Tara Mulder received her B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan, graduating with highest honors in 2009.  That fall she entered the graduate program at Brown University.  Her research interests include Greek drama and performance theory, gender and sexuality studies, Roman comedy, medicine and the philosophy of the body in antiquity.  She is currently working on a dissertation, under the direction of John Bodel, on childbirth and midwifery in the Roman empire, approaching the topic from medical, literary, and visual perspectives.  

Jen Swalec (2009, ABD)
Email: jen_swalec

Jennifer received her B.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia in 2009. Graduating as a Jefferson Scholar with high honors, she earned the Anne Marye Owen Prize for Outstanding Work in the Classics for her thesis on ancient Greek religion. Jennifer's other research interests include ancient drama, myth, and performance studies. Her special authors are Aristophanes (with Johanna Hanink) and Seneca (with Jeri DeBrohun). Jennifer has taught Intensive Elementary Ancient Greek and served as a TA for courses on The Greeks, ancient conceptions of eros, and Greek Mythology. In 2012, she traveled throughout Greece with ASCSA Summer Session II. 

Matthew Wellenbach (2009, ABD)
Email: matthew_wellenbach
Dissertation Title: Choral Visions, supervised by

Matthew graduated from Williams College in 2009 with a BA in Classics and entered the graduate program at Brown that fall. He is writing a dissertation, currently titled “Choral Visions,” that uses both texts and images as equal witnesses to Greek choral poetry and performance in the first half of the 5th century. His other interests include Greek epic, lyric and dramatic poetry, Athenian social and cultural history, and ancient concepts of poetry and genre. He completed a Greek special author on Pindar (with Deborah Boedeker) and a Latin special topic on intertextuality (with Jay Reed).

Barbara Blythe (2008, ABD)
Email: barbara_blythe

Barbara earned her BA in Latin in 2008 from the College of William and Mary, where she graduated summa cum laude, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and received the departmental Hogan Prize for Outstanding Graduating Senior. She has presented CAMWS papers on Vergil (2008 and 2009) and Varro (2012). Barbara's special authors are Petronius and Sophocles. Her interests include the ancient novel, Roman conceptions of gender and sexuality, Greek and Roman religion, and Alexander the Great. She is currently writing a dissertation, under the direction of John Bodel, examining religious elements in Petronius' “Satyrica.”

Anne (McEnroe) McDonald (2008, ABD)
Email: anne_mcdonald

Anne graduated from the University of Kansas in 2007, receiving degrees in classical languages and creative writing with highest distinction.  In 2008, she earned her M.A. from the University of Bristol with a dissertation entitled “Augustine against the Clock:  Time, Language and the Economics of Salvation.”  At Brown, she has studied Plato’s writings on the soul with Prof. Mary Louise Gill and St. Augustine’s Cassiciacum dialogues with Prof. Joe Pucci.  Anne’s interests include the Platonic tradition, the philosophical dialogue, and biography in antiquity.  She is currently embarking on a dissertation on Plutarch’s dialogues. 

Anne Rabe (2008, ABD)
Email: anne_rabe
Dissertation Title:  Breaking the Man: The Development of ad  hominem Violent Language at Rome, supervised by John Bodel 

Anne received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas (2002; Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), followed by a B.A. in Classical Languages (2004), and an M.A. in Classics (2007), both also from KU.  She was awarded the university-wide Outstanding GTA Award (2006) and later taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Classics at William Jewell College (2008).  Since coming to Brown, she has completed special fields in Euripides (with Deborah Boedeker) and Ciceronian Oratory (with John Bodel), and she is currently working on a dissertation that explores the Roman use of violent metaphors to refer to invective speech acts.

Jeanmarie Stinson (2007, AM May 2013)
Email: jeanmarie_stinson

Jeanmarie received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, where she graduated with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2003, and practiced law thereafter.  She recently returned to classics, and she is interested primarily in Greek history, law, and tragedy.

Karen (Kelly) Jones (2006, ABD)
Email: karen_jones

Karen received a B.A. in the University Scholars program at Baylor University in 2006, where she graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Her focus within the program was on Latin and Greek, and she wrote a thesis titled, "The Birds and the Bees: The Roman Poet as a Metaphorical Bird." Karen did her Latin Special Author on Statius' Silvae with Shadi Bartsch and her Greek Special Author on Sophocles with Deborah Boedeker. She enjoys reading from several different genres and time periods, but her main interests lie with Senecan tragedy and poetry in general, and specifically, portrayals of death and the afterlife and the literary traditions of imagery.  Karen is writing a dissertation that examines the cultural and religious ideas surrounding ghosts in early imperial Rome and explores the use and characterization of contemporary literary ghosts.

Jennifer Lewton Yates (2003, ABD)

Jenni completed her B.A. summa cum laude and with University Honors at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2003, majoring in Humanities/Classics and minoring in Medieval Studies and Ancient Studies.  Before coming to Brown she participated in the ASCSA summer session.  Jenni's special authors were Euripides and Ovid, and she is currently working on a dissertation about tragedy and the ancient novels.  When she isn’t busy with Classics, Jenni serves as the Head Teaching Consultant for the Humanities and Social Sciences for Brown’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.

Wendy Teo (2001, ABD)

Wendy received her B.A. in Classics from Reed College. Her undergraduate thesis focused on Tibullus, but also examined the development of the genre of Latin Love Elegy as mythopoesis. During her time at Brown University, she has worked on the Pre-Socratics and Lucretius for her special author exams. She is currently writing her dissertation on the appeal of Greek tragedy, specifically on the pleasure to be gained from the painful experience. Her primary interests are in the intellectual and emotional responses to literature, and the interaction between poetry and philosophy.


Ancient History


Sam Caldis (2013)                                                                                                     
Email:  sam_caldis 

Sam Caldis received his BA in Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilizations summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2011.  In his honors thesis he examined the status and identity of civic cult in Syrian Antioch during the 4th Century CE through the writings of Libanius.  His interests are mainly focused on interdisciplinary approaches to cultural engagement and exchange, changes in urban life and space, and elite identity in the Late Antique Roman East.  

 Luther Karper (2013)                                                                                             Email:  luther_karper

Luther KarperLuther KarperLuther Karper received a BA in History (summa cum laude) from Shippensburg University in 2012, with an honors thesis entitled “Plautus and Seneca:  Two Historical Interpretations of Roman Fabulae,” which explores historical elements of Roman comedy and tragedy, and the manner in which such works might be used for historical inquiry; he received an MA in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.  His interests include the political and social history of the Roman Republic and Principate (particularly the political culture of the late Republic), the historiography of ancient comedy and poetry, and imperialism and political theory in the ancient world.  In the field of Public History, he has edited and presented research on Civil War veterans who are buried in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near his hometown.

Mahmoud Samori (2013)
Email:  mahmoud_samori

SamoriSamoriBefore coming to Brown in 2013, Mahmoud completed a B.A. in Classics at Columbia with a thesis on Pausanias Periegetes.  His primary intellectual focus is Roman social and economic history, and he takes especial pleasure in the study of ancient geography, Roman Law, Greek imperial literature, and Hellenistic art.  Mahmoud is also a field archaeologist who has participated in various projects in Italy and is particularly interested in survey methodology and the Roman villa.

 

 

Keith Fairbank (2012)
Email: keith_fairbank

Keith joins the Classics Department as a recent MA graduate from Brigham Young University. He earned his BA from BYU in Classics and Humanities (2010) with a senior thesis entitled "Pompey Stamped His Foot: Origins of the Pompeian Military Forces in 49-48 BC." His Master’s Thesis, “Horace's Ideal Italy: Sabines and Sabellians in Odes 1-3," reflects his growing interests in ethnography and the iconography of self-promotion in Rome. Keith is primarily interested in the Roman Republic, cultural and literary memories of the civil wars of the first century BC, and the influence of familial history and traditions on Roman historiography.

Dominic Machado (2011)
Email: dominic_machado

Dominic Machado earned a B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Classics and Economics from Dartmouth College in 2009, where he wrote an honors thesis on Marcus Claudius Marcellus. In 2010, he entered the University of Pennsylvania post-baccalaureate program before matriculating to Brown the following fall. His interests include Roman imperialism during the conquest of the Mediterranean, ancient historiography and the reception of Classics in modern entertainment. With Paul Christesen, he has presented his research in the paper "Gods, Generals and Games" at the 2008 Meeting of the APA and the 2010 Classical Association of New England Summer Institute.

Colleen Donahoe (2010)
Email: colleen_donahoe

Colleen earned a BA in Classical Studies and History from the University of Western Ontario in 2007, followed by an MA in Classics from McMaster University in 2010. She has excavated at Nysa-on-the-Maeander in Turkey (2008) and participated in the 2012 season of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project in Jordan. During 2011-12 she worked on the US Epigraphy Project, using EpiDoc to digitally encode Greek and Latin inscriptions. She is mainly interested in issues of culture contact and colonialism on the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Her broader interests include Roman historiography, ancient slavery, and Athenian oratory.

Joseph Kurz (2009)
Email: joseph_kurz


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Joseph Kurz graduated from the University of Washington in the spring of 2008 with Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Latin and a minor in Greek.  His research interests include Roman Republican history, Punic history, the historiography of Livy, and ancient imperialism in general.  He is currently working on a dissertation about the formation and dissolution of the Barcid Empire in Spain with an emphasis on the impact and agency of indigenous Iberian peoples during the Barcid conquests and subsequent war with Rome.  Joseph is an avid educator and currently teaches intensive Latin summer courses for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Programs.  When he isn’t solving history’s mysteries, Joseph enjoys amateur boxing, yoga, cooking, and the occasional video game. 

Bryan Brinkman (2008, ABD)
Email: bryan_brinkman                                                                                    Dissertation Title: Mass Communication and Imperial Ideology: Popular Acclamation in the Roman Empire, supervised by John Bodel.

Bryan’s research is primarily focused on the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire, with particular interests in religion, the intersection of Roman imperialism and popular culture, as well as epigraphy and papyrology. After completing degrees at the University of Utah (BA, Classics and History with Honors; Outstanding Senior Award for the College of Humanities) and the University of Washington (MA, History with Honors) as a Graduate School Top Research Fellow, he came to Brown University in 2008. In addition, he has attended the American Society of Papyrologists Summer Institute at the University of Chicago (2012), the British School at Athens Post-Graduate Course in Greek Epigraphy (2011), and the ASCSA Summer Program (2007).  In Fall 2013 he was a Jacobi Fellow at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Deutschen Archäologischen Institut in Munich. He has presented papers at the annual meetings of the APA, CAMWS, The American Research Center in Egypt, Theoretical Archaeology Group, The Role of Animals in Ancient Myth and Religion (Grumento Nova, Italy), and in May 2014 will present at the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians in Montreal. He has recently published in The Classical Review, and has forthcoming publications in The Landmark Julius Caesar, Brill Companion to Classical Receptions: International Modernism and the Avant-Garde, and The Role of Animals in Ancient Myth and Religion. http://brown.academia.edu/BryanBrinkman