Graduate Students


Stephanie Crooks is a fourth-year graduate student. She received her BA in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and entered the Post-baccalaureate program at UPenn in that same year. After spending a few months studying in St. Andrews University in Scotland, Stephanie completed her MA in Latin and Greek at Villanova University. Since coming to NYU, Stephanie has been a teaching assistant for Classical Mythology and has also taught in the Core Curriculum Program twice. She is currently working on triumviral and Augustan poetry, and is particularly interested in death and sepulchral imagery within those texts as well as the social and ritual practices that occur at tomb sites. E-mail:


Lorenzo Del Monte is a second-year Ph.D. student. He received his BA in Classics (2012) and his MA in Philology, Literature and History of the Ancient World (2015) from the University of Rome La Sapienza. He also received a certificate in teaching Italian as a foreign language from the Italian Institute of Culture in London and worked at the Institute of Roman Studies in Rome as an archivist and a sub-editor. His primary interests of study include ancient economy, Mycenaean Greek, Manuscript studies and Homeric epics. Email:


Sarah Grover is a third-year graduate student who received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University in 2007. Since graduating from Brown, she has been teaching Latin and Spanish to Middle and Upper School students at Riverdale Country School. In the summers, she teaches Latin in Rome and Ancient Greek in Greece for Calder Classics, which offers intensive Classics programs for high school students. Her primary interests are Roman poetry and narrative texts.


Philip Katz is a sixth-year PhD student writing his dissertation on “The Ideology of the Ship in Greece and Rome.” He is currently spending the 2016-2017 academic year as an Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where he was also a Regular Member in 2014-2015. Before arriving at NYU, Phil received a B.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (2010), during which time he studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Catania (2009). Phil has excavated at the Athenian Agora (2012), Corinth (2015), and Samothrace (2016), and has taught Latin at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei (2014). He has given papers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and at meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America and Association of Ancient Historians, and in 2013 co-organized NYU’s graduate student conference. His areas of interest include Graeco-Roman religion and sacred space, the role of collective memory in ancient societies, and cultural change in the Roman provinces. For more information and links to his CV and publications, click here.  Email:


Del A. Maticic is a second-year Ph.D. student. He graduated with a B.A. in Classics and History from the University of South Carolina in 2015. His research interests includes themes of space, geography, and the paracosmic in Roman epic and didactic poetry, the literary qualities of land surveying treatises and other technical texts, and the history of the concept of kosmos. Email:


Erik Mortensen is a third-year PhD student. He received his MA at the University of Kansas in 2013. His main interests are Greek historiography and Presocratic philosophy. Email:


Ben Nikota is a first year Ph.D. student. He graduated from McGill University in 2012 with a BA in Classics, with minors in History and Western Scriptural Languages. He completed his MA in Classical Languages at the University of Georgia in 2014. His research interests include synchronistic timekeeping, Latin and Greek historiography, and ethnography. Email:


Mikael Papadimitriou is a third-year graduate student. He received a BA and a MA in History from the University of Montreal. He is currently working on a digital project entitled "The Letters of Libanius," which attempts to catalogue as much metadata about the letters of Libanius as possible and to generate meaningful information from that data in various ways. His MA thesis, “Le suffragium et la corruption administrative dans l'empire romain au IVe siècle,” analyzes suffragium, the process of appointing officials in the Later Roman Empire, through the laws of the Codex Theodosianus and through the works of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, Libanius and Flavius Abinnaeus. His research interests include the inner workings of the Later Roman Empire’s administration, the relations between powerful men and their protégés (clientela, patrocinium and suffragium) and the notion of administrative corruption. Email:


Chris Stedman Parmenter is a fourth-year graduate student.  Before coming to NYU, Chris received his MA at the University in Oregon in 2013 and his AB at Hamilton College in 2010.  In 2015-16 he was a Regular Member at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens.  He has worked both at NYU’s Yeronisos excavation and the ASCSA’s project in Corinth.  Chris is interested in topics ranging from cultural studies and postcoloniality to Herodotus’ consumerism to the dispersion of so-called ‘trinkets’ in the archaic Mediterranean.  He is currently preparing two articles, one on near eastern seals in Archaic Corinth, and another on racialized bodies in Theocritus.  He has presented papers at CAPN (2012, 2013), CUNY graduate conference (2013), UVA graduate conference (2014, in absence), CAMWS (2015), the University of Belgrade (2015, invited) and the SCS (2017). Email:


Rebekah Rust is a second-year Ph.D. student. She received her B.A. in Classics with a minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. As a scholar in The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities, she received a M.St. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford in 2014. Rebekah’s scholarly interests include Greek tragedy and performance, emotions in drama, tragedy’s reception in 20th century dance, and the classical tradition. Email:


Laura Santander is a fourth-year graduate student. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Classical Languages and Literature in 2013. Her senior honours thesis was a comparison of narrative techniques in Homer's Iliad and Euripides' Troades. She is primarily interested in the idea of ancient "marketing" and how narrative propaganda ties in with modern product advertising. She also has interests in the creation of suspense and impact in epic poetry and tragedy, as well as the relationship between the author/narrator and the reader/audience. Email:


Rebecca Sausville is a second-year Ph.D. student. She comes to NYU from the University of Kentucky, where in 2015 she received an M.A. in Classics and a Graduate Certificate in Latin Studies. Before moving to Kentucky she spent two years working odd jobs and cultivating odd skills following completion of her B.A. in Classical Languages at Fordham College at Lincoln Center in 2011 and a stint at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Summer Session II, 2011). She has taught Latin and Greek at Kentucky and excavated with NYU's Yeronisos Island Expedition (2016). Her research interests include Hellenistic philosophies and philosophical education in the early Roman empire. Email:


Calloway Scott is an eighth-year PhD candidate and currently a graduate student fellow at the Humanities Initiative ( He completed his BA in Greek and Latin at Kenyon College (2007) with a minor in Philosophy and a post-baccalaureate at UNC Chapel Hill. Calloway’s primary interest lie in ancient Greek medical and religious traditions and medical anthropology. His research focuses on the poetics of health and sickness across a wide variety of Greek media—literary and material. His dissertation, entitled “Asklepios on the Move” explores the relationship between medical thought and healing cults in the cultural production of the concept of “health,” and in the social mechanisms which organized health-care and welfare in the ancient Greek world. He has recently given a paper at the annual meeting of the SCS entitled "A Five-Year Pregnancy? Women in the EpidaurianIamata." Email:


Alexandria Vawter is a first-year Ph.D. student. Before coming to NYU, she received an M.A. in Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2016) and a B.A. in Classics and in Ancient Mediterranean Culture from the University of Alabama (2014). Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of the late Classical world, specifically questions of cultural memory, letters as physical and personal objects, and the intersection of the Classical and early Christian societies. Email: 


Ari Zatlin is a sixth-year graduate student at NYU. He received his BA from Claremont McKenna College in 2007, where he focused on Chinese history. After a brief respite from academia, he spent two years in the post-baccalaureate program in Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since coming to NYU, he has presented conference papers addressing the political usage of omens in Suetonius’ Livesand most recently, on the intersections between elegy and bucolic in Vergil’s Second Eclogue. He has an abiding interest in questions surrounding materiality and corporeality in Latin literature. Email: