Current Students in Classics

Diane Amoroso-O'Connor
Diane Amoroso-O'Connor

Roman History, Trade, and Imperialism

Diane is a doctoral candidate working with Professor Darby Scott. Her dissertation examines the relationship between Rome and Egypt using evidence related to the city’s grain supply. Diane received her B.A. in Classical Civilizations and Computer Science from Wellesley College in 2002, and her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2007. While at Bryn Mawr, she has served as a teaching assistant in Latin as well as working with the College Collections as an NEH Curatorial Intern and a Collections Management Intern. She has presented her research at the Provincials and Empire Conference at Yale University, as well as the recent Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium, Feed Your Head. Her research interests include Roman history and historiography, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and the intersections of ancient cultures in political, economic, and religious contexts.

Dianne Boetsch
Dianne Boetsch

Later Latin Epic and Greek Tragedy

Dianne is a PhD student at Bryn Mawr College. Originally from Washington state, she received her BA from Whitman College, majoring in Classics and English, in 2007 and then went on to receive her MA in Classical Studies from Indiana University in 2009 and her MA in Greek, Latin and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College in 2011. While at Indiana University, she was an associate instructor for a course in Ancient Civilization in 2008. During that time, pursuing an interest in Medieval Latin as well as the epistolary genre, she presented a paper on the failed and conflicting uses of rhetoric in Ovid’s Heroides and Heloise’s letters to Abelard at Indiana University’s Medieval Studies Symposium. She has most recently completed her MA thesis at Bryn Mawr in 2009 on Claudian’s De Raptu Proserpinae where she examined the thematic interplay of boundaries throughout the poem and its connection to the process of marriage. In the 2012-2013 academic year, she will be the teaching assistant for Latin at Bryn Mawr. Her research interests currently include Statius, Greek Tragedy, Intertextuality (especially in Theocritus and Virgil), and the myth and ritual surrounding the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Lee Burnett

Latin Epic Poetry, Drama, and Roman Imperial History

Lee has taught all levels of Latin (6th grade - A.P.) for fourteen years at Mercersburg Academy and now Germantown Academy.   He attended the ICCS program in Rome and has lead a trip to Rome every other Spring for junior high school Latin students.

Luca D'Anselmi

Luca is a second-year student working towards his M.A. thesis. In 2011 he received his B.A. in Latin from Hillsdale College. His research focuses on pastoral poetry, Roman elegy, and Renaissance reception. On the side, he has become interested in the history of textual emendation, Propertius, Milton’s Latin and Greek poetry, Paulinus of Pella, and A. E. Housman’s poetry and scholarship.

Collin Hilton
Ancient Philosophy and Religion

Collin is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Greek, Latin and Classical studies. He received his B.A. in Classics from New York University in 2012. His current research interests tend toward Greco-Roman Philosophy, Religion, and the intersection of the two.

Jennifer Kay Hoit
Archaic Greek Poetry, Historical Memory, and Ancient Greece and the Near East

Jennifer is a fourth-year student in the Department of Classical Studies. She received her B.A. in Classical Studies and Classical Art and Archaeology from Indiana University in 2008 and her M.A. in Classics from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. Her M.A. thesis examined the impact that the means by which Archilochus' poetry survived (in citations, papyrus fragments, or inscriptions) has had on the poetry's reception and interpretation. In 2011, Jennifer organized an interdisciplinary graduate symposium about food on behalf of the Graduate Group. Her current research interests include historiography and alternative modes of remembering history, such as poetry and oral tradition; Ancient Greece and the Near East; Aeschylus; and Roman Satire.

Charles Kuper
Ancient Philosophy and Religion

Charlie is a second-year student completing his M.A. thesis on Anselm of Canterbury’s use of mathematics as theology in his philosophical dialogue, Cur Deus Homo (Why the God-Man). In 2010, he received his B.A. in Classics and Philosophy from Indiana University. His research interests center on Ancient Philosophy and Religion. Recently, he has had the great privilege of studying Sanskrit and is currently amazed how much it has enriched his studies.

Jessica Lee Jessica Lee
Archaic Greek poetry and tragedy

Jessica is a first-year PhD student in the department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. She received her BA in Classical Languages and Philosophy from Fordham University in 2012, and she also completed the Basic Greek and Upper Level Latin programs at the CUNY Latin/Greek Institute in the summers of 2010 and 2011. Her current research interests include archaic Greek poetry, tragedy, and Greek prose fiction, particularly Lucian.


Sara Sietski
Sara Sieteski

Roman History, Military History, Catullus, Greek and Roman Novel

Sara is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate working with Professors Scott and
Lindenlauf on the role of landscape in the development of forts and towns on Hadrian’s Wall, utilizing GIS techniques.  This past year she presented her work at both the Digital Classics Association Conference (SUNY University at Buffalo) and the Graduate Research Symposium (Bryn Mawr College).  Sara has a B.A. in Classics and Mathematics (SUNY University at Buffalo), two M.A.s in Classics (University of Colorado, Boulder & Bryn Mawr College), and a M.L.A in Digital Humanities (University of Pennsylvania).  Sara has taught both Latin and mathematics at various levels and has been working in IT for ten years. Currently she is employed full-time at the University of Pennsylvania, where she continues to hone her skill set in Digital Humanities.  She has excavated with the Sanisera Field School in Menorca, Spain and plans to return this year to work on the construction of a GIS for the Roman town and necropolis.

Shayna Slininger

Shayna Slininger
Greek Myth and Tragedy, Gender in Antiquity and Early Christianity

Shayna is a second year PhD student in the department of Greek, Latin and Classical studies. She received her B.A. at Rutgers University in Music and Classical Languages in 2012. Her current research interests include Greek tragedy, civic identity and gender in 5th and 4th century Athens, and Greek Religion. Future research goals include gender identity and politics in Early Christianity. Outside of classics, Shayna was heavily involved with chorale conducting and vocal performance at Rutgers University.

Abbe Walker

Abbe Walker
Greek Religion, Tragedy, and Oratory

Abbe is a Ph.D. candidate in Greek, Latin and Classical Studies. She received her B.A. in Greek and Latin from Florida State University and her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests include Greek tragedy, religion, asceticism, and Late Antiquity. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between virginity, marriage, and death in Greek religion and Early Christianity.

Edward Whitehouse
Edward Whitehouse

Late Antiquity, Patristics, Early Christian Poetry

Eddie Whitehouse is a PhD candidate working with Professor Catherine Conybeare. His dissertation will examine Gregory of Nazianzus’ poetry and his appropriation of the Classical tradition. Eddie received his B.A. magna cum laude in Greek, Latin and Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and his M.A. in Greek, Latin and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College. He has worked as an assistant to the editorial staff of the Bryn Mawr Classical Review throughout his time at Bryn Mawr.