Visiting Faculty, Scholars, & Postdoctoral Fellows
Visiting Associate Professor of Classics
Vangelis Calotychos was born and bred in London, U.K. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, and has taught at Harvard, NYU, and Columbia. Currently Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Brown, he teaches courses in comparative literature, cultural studies, and reception studies. In the 1990s, his concern for reconciliation after ethnic conflict led him to edit two interdisciplinary and intercommunal volumes about Cyprus. This enduring interest in culture and politics in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans informs his later work, as in Manolis Anagnostakis: Poetry & Politics, Silence & Agency in Post-War Greece (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2012). He has published two monographs: Modern Greece: A Cultural Poetics (2004) discusses the terms of modernity and “self-colonization” in Greece from just before the founding of the nation state down to the present; and The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Greece After 1989 (2013) offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Greece's position within and without the Balkans and Europe after the Cold War. It was awarded the Edmund Keeley Book Prize. Contributions on the Greek Weird Wave & Beyond for a co-edited special issue of The Journal of Greek Media and Culture (2:2, 2016) grow out of more recent research on resistance in Greek film. He was founder and longtime chair of The Modern Greek Seminar at Columbia (2005-14) and, since 2019, he serves as the Executive Director of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA).
Hannah Rose Silverblank
Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Hannah Rose Silverblank is Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate in Critical Classical Reception in the Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. Her research focuses on how meaning is constituted and exchanged across time, languages, species, and embodied differences. Her book project, “Listening to the Monster in Greek Poetry,” tunes into the monster’s cosmic positioning in more-than-human worlds by attending to the aesthetics of nonhuman sonic expression in ancient Greek poetry. Several of her recent and forthcoming publications have focused on the role of disability and/or queerness in translation theory, lexicography, reception theory, and the occult arts and sciences. Her teaching philosophy is informed by her research in disability studies and the wisdom of disability justice movements. She is therefore committed to creating inclusive and collaborative classroom experiences for her students. She earned her DPhil in classical languages and literature at the University of Oxford in 2017, and she taught in various humanities departments at Haverford College from 2017–22.
Susan Heuck Allen
Susan Heuck Allen is Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Classics and Classical Archaeology from Brown University, after earning degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Smith College. Her areas of expertise – Troy and the history of archaeology – were combined in her book, Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik (University of California Press — Berkley, 1999). She is also the author of Excavating Our Past: Perspectives on the History of the Archaeological Institute of America, which is a part of the 2002 AIA Monograph Series, and recently published Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece (University of Michigan Press, 2011). Dr. Allen has held positions at Smith College, and Clark and Yale Universities, and has done fieldwork in Cyprus, Israel, and Knossos. She was named a Mellon Fellow in 2008, and has held a number of other fellowships.
Byron MacDougall earned his PhD in Classics from Brown in 2015 with a dissertation entitled "Gregory of Nazianzus and Christian Festival Rhetoric." His research interests focus on Classical rhetoric and philosophy in Late Antique and Byzantine literature. Before returning to Brown, he held research fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, the University of Vienna, and Princeton. A former secondary school Classics teacher, his publications cover topics including the Cappadocian Fathers, the Ancient Greek and Latin novels, and the reception of Plato from the Second Sophistic to Byzantium.