Visiting Scholars & Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Gaia Gianni

    Gaia Gianni

    Visiting Scholar

    Gaia was born in Siena, Italy. After obtaining a BA and MA from the Università degli Studi di Siena, she moved to the US to attend the PhD graduate program at Brown University. Gaia worked with her advisor, John Bodel, since her first year, attending the epigraphy graduate seminar and taking part in a three-week workshop in Greece in May 2015. Following her interest in epigraphy, Gaia wrote a dissertation titled “Fictive Kinship and Roman Childhood: A Social History”, which explores topic of fictive kinship – defined as a deep, personal connection between two or more individuals which is not biologically or legally sanctioned – in relation to children. This research project mainly relies anthropological theory on the identity and evolution of the family, recent research on the Roman family, and epigraphic evidence. Gaia also presented her work in several local and national conferences, such as the annual meetings of the Society of Classical studies, the Classical Association of Middle West and South, the Classical Association of New England, and the Northeast Modern Language Association. During her six years at Brown, Gaia’s greatest passion has been teaching her students about the ancient world.

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    Susan Heuck Allen

    Visiting Scholar

    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

    Byron MacDougall

    Visiting Scholar

    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.