Visiting Scholars & Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Research Associate in International Humanities, PhD, Central European University, Budapest
Dora Ivanišević is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. She is a student of Roman empire and early Christianity, and participates in the epigraphic projects in the area of culture and ideology of writing in the ancient Mediterranean at the Departments of Classics and Religious Studies. Before coming to Brown, she completed her MA and PhD studies at the Medieval Studies Department at Central European University/Budapest, and her undergraduate studies in Latin Philology, History and Archaeology at University of Zagreb.
Her dissertation, “Epitaphic Culture and Social History in Late Antique Salona (ca. 250 – 600 CE),” re-considers various concepts of epigraphic culture and analyzes changing patterns of commemoration across different epigraphic and religious contexts by examining early and late imperial Latin and Greek epigraphic record of Salona, the principal city of Roman Dalmatia. Her current research builds upon her doctoral project with the aim of turning the thesis material into article manuscripts. Courses she will teach at Brown include Ancient Christian Culture, The Age of Constantine, and Ammianus Marcellinus.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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.
Michiel van Veldhuizen
Michiel is a Visiting Lecturer in Classics who works on the intellectual and religious history of the Ancient World, with a particular interest in divination. His dissertation, which was funded by a fellowship from the Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society, deals with the connections between signs and disasters in early Greek thought. Among his forthcoming publications are articles on anxieties of migration in Archaic Greece, and on the reception of Circe’s island as a place of becoming-animal. His research draws on such fields as semiotics, ecocriticism, and animal studies to illuminate ancient mentalities and modern receptions. With many years of experience at the Writing Center, Michiel is also passionate about teaching writing at all levels.
Feodor Lynen Research Fellow
Lothar Willms studied Latin, French and Greek at the Universities of Poitiers (France) and Trier (Germany). He earned his PhD in Classical Philology in 2004 at the University of Trier with a dissertation on Epictetus’ concept of freedom that won one of the university’s awards for outstanding dissertations (2005). As a PhD student, he held a fellowship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes [German National Academic Foundation] (2001-2003) and was a member of the Graduate School Cluster, “Slavery, Servitude, Socage, and Forced Labor. Unfree forms of life and work from Antiquity to the 20th Century” at the University of Trier (2003/04).
In 2004, he became an Assistant Professor of the linguistics of Greek and Latin at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg where he successfully defended his Habilitation (full professor qualification) in 2011 with a thesis on transgression in ancient drama. In the same year, he became an Associate Professor of the linguistics of Greek and Latin at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. In 2017, he was awarded a Feodor-Lynen Fellowship for experienced researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for an 18 month stay at Brown University’s Department of Classics. His research project is an interpretation of the evolution of patterns of exchange in ancient literature with a modified model of Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of capitals.
Lothar’s areas of interest include Ancient Drama, Ancient Philosophy (esp. Stoicism), Historical Linguistics of Greek and Latin, digital humanities, gender studies, and reception studies. In his free time, he likes hiking, cycling, visiting cities, museums, art galleries, going to restaurants, the theater, concerts, and the cinema (or to watch a movie on DVD).
For a full list of Lothar's publications, go to the University of Heidelberg website.