Recent Alumni


George Baroud is a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Liberal Studies Program at NYU. He received his PhD in 2015, having written a dissertation entitled “Language and Power in the Annals of Tacitus” under the direction of David Levene, Joy Connolly, and Mike Peachin. George participated in the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Fall 2005), and was awarded the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, the Lane Cooper Dissertation Writing Fellowship, the Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund, an NYU Global Research Fellowship, and a DAAD fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year in Berlin at the Humboldt University. George’s chief interests are Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric (Thucydides and Tacitus in particular) and literary and political theory. Venturing further outside the canon, he is interested in putting his Arabic to use by exploring the Classical Near East (especially the Levant), and the exchanges between Classical and Arabic literature, culture, and thought. Over the next two years, George will design and teach a number of seminars that will incorporate material from antiquity through the renaissance, and will have a global bent. Email:


Joel Christensen is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He graduated from NYU in 2007 with a dissertation on The Failure of Speech: Rhetoric and Politics in the Iliad, for which he was awarded NYU’s Lane Cooper Fellowship for 2006-07. He also received the Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory. He has co-authored A Beginner’s Guide to Homer (One World Publications, 2013), as well as three articles on Homer and the poetic tradition, with E. T. E. Barker of Christ Church, Oxford. In addition he has published several articles on language and meaning in Homer in the American Journal of Philology, Classical Philology, The Classical Journal and several collections. He has been appointed a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies for 2014, as well as Book Review Editor for Classical Journal. He has also been awarded the APA Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014). In the near future, he plans to continue working on language in Homer as well as on the relationship between Homer and other poetic traditions. Email:


María Fernanda Crespo received her Ph.D. in 2016 with a dissertation entitled Legality and Political Power in Julius Caesar’s Bellum Civile, under the direction of Dr. David Levene. She is now an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her main interests are Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric, ancient political thought and Roman republican law. Currently, she is working on several projects: the politics of social relations in Caesar’s writings; the conceptual history of dictatorship and mechanisms that suspend the law in the Late Roman republic; the textuality of the legal operations in the process of romanization of Cisalpine Gaul; and also the Latin language used in reserved communications of the Society of Jesus in Early Hispanic America. She has published on the concept of Empire and the epistemology of everyday life in classical Athens.  


Valentina DeNardis received her Ph.D. in 2003 with a dissertation on Manilius’ Astronomica. She is Director of Classical Studies at Villanova University. She has also taught at St. Joseph’s University, the Latin/Greek Institute, and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Valentina served as President of the Pennsylvania Classical Association, for which she organized the 2010 conference “Performing the Past,” and has also served as Philadelphia Regional Director for the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. She has published on gender and pedagogy and is continuing her work on Manilius. Her interests include Hellenistic and Augustan poetry, Greek and Roman material culture, ancient astronomy and astrology, gender studies and the classical tradition. Email:


Amanda Hawley received her M.Phil. in 2017. She came to NYU after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Classical Languages and Literature with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan in 2012. Email:


Daniel Hoyer received his Ph.D. in 2014 with a dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Monson entitled Buying a Province, Building an Empire: Money, Markets, and Growth in Roman Africa from Augustus to Aurelian on the development of market forces, the growth of urban centers, and the role of money and investment in these processes in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis during the Imperial period. He has published several articles on Roman Africa’s economic history and Roman numismatics, including pieces in the American Journal of Numismatics and the Journal of North African Studies. He currently holds a postdoctoral position working with Dr. Peter Turchin on the SESHAT: Global History Databank Project, a large-scale, interdisciplinary and comparative project hosted by the Evolution Institute and the University of Oxford. His postdoctoral work involves studying and comparing evidence from several regions, notably central Italy, North Africa and Egypt, and the Middle Yellow River Valley region of China at many different points in time, ranging from antiquity to the present day. His research focuses on determining the institutional features and structures which underpin economic performance and the provision of public goods in these different places and times. For more information, including his CV and links to some of his articles, see his profile. Email:


Stephen Kidd received his Ph.D. in 2011 with a dissertation on Greek comedy and now is an Assistant Professor at Brown University. He was a visiting assistant professor at Humboldt University in Berlin from 2011-12.  He has most recently published an article on the bomolochos in TAPA; earlier work has been published in Classical Quarterly, Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, and Mnemosyne, with others forthcoming. His book, based on his dissertation, is entitled Nonsense and Meaning in Ancient Greek Comedy (Cambridge University Press 2014). Email:
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Inger Kuin graduated in 2015 with her dissertation titled "Playful Piety: Lucian and the Comic in Ancient Religious Experience." She is now working as a post-doctoral researcher at Groningen University in the Netherlands, studying Roman Athens in the aftermath of the Roman civil wars, and teaching an MA course titled "Athens and Rome: Culture, trauma, and memory in Roman Greece." Her core interests are the cultural history of the Roman East, ancient religion, and humor (broadly defined) in the ancient world, but she has also published on papyrology and Latin epigraphy. She is preparing a book manuscript on religion, humor, and anthropomorphism in Lucian, based on her dissertation. For her profile page and PDFs of some of her publications go here. Contact:    


Danielle La Londe completed her Ph.D. in 2010 with a dissertation entitled, "The Spectacle of Treaty-Making in Latin Poetry." Upon graduation from NYU, Danielle took up a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Haverford College, where she taught a wide range of courses on classical subjects, including the age of Augustus, representations of nature in classical antiquity, political thought in classical literature, and language courses at multiple levels. Beginning in fall of 2013, she takes up a new tenure-track position at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, a liberal arts college founded in 1819. Her research focuses on political thought in Latin poetry of the late republic through Neronian periods. Her first book project―a revision of her 2010 dissertation―analyzes treaty-making scenes and language in Homer, Catullus, Propertius, Virgil, and Lucan, in order to consider how literary representations of personal and political bonds made through performance (foedera) engage with issues of aesthetics and politics. Email:


Ian Lockey graduated from NYU in June 2010 after completing a dissertation with a focus on Roman housing entitled The Atrium House in Aphrodisias, Caria. After graduating, Ian completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught language courses in Latin and Ancient Greek and archaeology courses on Aphrodisias and Roman Britain. While there, he also completed an article entitled "Ancient Olive Oil Production and Rural Settlement", recently published in Aphrodisias V: The Aphrodisias Regional Survey (Verlag Philipp von Zabern: Darmstadt/Mainz, 2012). Ian is now teaching middle school and high school Latin at Friends Select School in Philadelphia and is currently at work on revising an article based upon his dissertation for publication in the upcoming Aphrodisias Papers, volume 5.


Michael Mascio received his PhD in 2013, on “Horace and Philosophy,” working with Gregson Davis, David Konstan, and Phillip Mitsis. He is Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University. His scholarly interests are Hellenistic philosophy and Latin poetry. He has taught Elementary Greek and Intermediate Latin (Cicero, Sallust, and Vergil), been a TA for Roman Republican History and MAP (NYU’s great books program), and in the summers taught Greek Tragedy, Mythology, Reading Latin for Graduate Students, and Ancient Greek History. He has given papers on "Horace and Cicero in Latin Literary History" at a joint colloquium of the University of North Carolina and Duke University (2004),  "The Creation of an Aesthetic Hierarchy" at a workshop given by NYU's Poetics & Theory Program (2004), “From Philosophy’s Place to Death’s Embrace: Reading Spaces in Horace’s Epicurean Odes,” at Johns Hopkins University (2005), and “Aristippus and Ulysses in Horace, Epistles 1” at the APA (2007), and gave a paper entitled “HoraceSermones 2.7 and Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum” at the 2008 APA meeting in Chicago.


Matthew McGowan has been teaching at Fordham University since 2007. He received his doctorate in 2002 with a dissertation on Ovid's exile poetry that appeared as a book with Brill in 2009: Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto. He has also published articles on Vergil, Renaissance Latin, and Latin pedagogy and has lectured recently on Lucretius, Cicero, Tibullus, and Seneca. At present, he is writing a book on Latin Lexicography: The Art of Dictionary Writing in Ancient Rome, which grows out of his work at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, where he was a fellow in 2002-03. He teaches a wide range of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition and has been active in the world of spoken Latin since graduate school. He currently serves as President of the NY Classical Club, a non-profit charity founded over a hundred years ago to promote the study of a classical antiquity in the New York City area. Email:


Jay Mueller completed his Ph.D. in 2016 with a dissertation entitled "Literary Midwifery before Plato: Case Studies in Indirect Communication." Email:


Nathalie Sado Nisinson received her PhD in Classics in 2017.  Her areas of interest include Augustan literature and religion, Latin pedagogy, and spoken Latin.  In Fall of 2017, she takes up a new position as Upper School Latin Teacher at the Marymount School of New York. Email:



Benjamin Sammons graduated from NYU in 2007 with a dissertation entitled Homeric Catalogue: Tradition, Paradigm and the Limits of Narrativity, published in revised form with Oxford University Press under the new title The Art and Rhetoric of the Homeric Catalogue (2010).  He has published articles on Homer and early Greek epic in Classical Journal, Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies, Classical Bulletin, and Histos, and has articles forthcoming in Mnemosyne, and Trends in Classics. He has presented numerous papers on Greek epic and tragedy at meetings of the APA and CAMWS. His current book project is entitled Device and Composition in the Greek Epic Cycle. Since his graduation, Ben has held teaching positions at Penn State University, Montclair State University, Queens College, and NYU. Email:


Amit Shilo received his Ph.D. in 2012 with a dissertation on the ethical and political ramifications of the afterlife in the Oresteia. In the 2012-13 year he joined the faculty of NYU Classics as a Language Lecturer. For 2013-14 he has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center. He is now an Assistant Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research and teaching have gained much from material culture training and archeological fieldwork during a year as a Phillip Lockhart Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has delivered papers twice at the APA and once at CAMWS. Amit is currently preparing articles and a book manuscript drawn from his dissertation, as well as an article on Seneca’s Natural Questions, and one in biblical philology on the language of creation in Genesis. His long-term research is on ancient and modern attempts to combine religious and philosophical thought with politics. Email:


Melanie Subacus received her Ph.D. in 2015 with a dissertation entitled: "Duae Patriae: Cicero and Political Cosmopolitanism in Rome" and her BA in 2007 from Saint Joseph's University. She attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome as a student in the spring of 2006 and returned as an instructor for 2012-13. A fan of intensive educational environments, she also attended the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 2010 and taught for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in the summer of 2015. She has presented papers on translations of Vergil's Aeneid, translations of children's literature into Latin, and Lucan. Articles in progress include political failure in Lucan as well as cultural kinship in Cicero's Verrine orations. She has taught Latin at all levels, general education courses on race and women in the ancient world, and a course on Plato. This year she is in Philadelphia teaching at both Villanova and Temple University. Her interests include republican Latin literature, Roman political thought, gender studies, and playing adult intramural sports. Email:


Osman Umurhan received his PhD in 2008. He is currently Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, having taught earlier at Austin College and Rutgers University. His primary research focuses on verse satire and other literature of the Roman Empire, with a concentration on the shifting correspondences between geographical boundaries and those of cultural and political identity. He has published articles and books chapters on Juvenal that include his poetic self-representation (Arethusa 44.2) and his engagement with traditions of the New Testament (Brill 2013). Currently, he is working on several projects: the Roman politics of food and consumption, the anatomical politics of Aristophanic comedy, the reception of Classics in metal music, as well as a monograph on Juvenal’s Satires that investigates the Roman cultural response to and negotiation of a globalizing Mediterranean world of the second century CE. Email:


Joel Ward received his PhD in 2011 with a dissertation on the instances and uses of viewing in the Severan narratives of Cassius Dio, Herodian, and the Historia Augusta. He received his BA from Hope College in a field of tulips and windmills and his MA from Tulane University on the banks of the Mississippi. He served as the Assistant Professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2012-13), having moved up the ladder from resident instructor (2008-09) to an instructor with a residence. In 2009, he participated in the graduate seminar at the American Numismatic Society, where he was allowed to hold a solid gold bar at the Federal Reserve, a hoard of Athenian owls, and an Athenian decadrachm (but not all at once – his hands aren’t that big). He has published a few things in journals and presented a few papers at conferences. Aside from Rome, he has had the good fortune to teach or study in several amazing places: Berlin, Taipei, Münster, just to name them all. Recently, he joined the dark side (aka administration). After a stint at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the office of Education Abroad, he has come back “home” to Washington Square and NYU where he is the Assistant Dean for Students in the College of Arts and Science. Email:


Tung-An Wei (Miranda) received her MA in 2016. She is now a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland. Prior to NYU, she completed a BA in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. She plans to work on classical reception, especially that of Homeric epics and Greek tragedies, in 20th century English literature. Email:


Brett Wisniewski completed his Ph.D. in 2015. His thesis was entitled "Casting Spells in Augustan Poetry: Magic, Song, and Discourses of Power." He teaches Ancient Greek, Latin, Media Studies, and Mindfulness Meditation at the Browning School in Manhattan, NY. He is researching the influence of Pliny the Elder on the occult philosophy of Cornelius Agrippa. His band, Watergate, released a new album in 2016, which is available here: