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.
R. J. Barnes
RJ is currently pursuing his PhD in Classics. He has received a BA in History at Providence College and a Post Baccalaureate degree in Classics at UCLA. His work focuses on the interface between literature and philosophy in Greece and Rome and often gravitates toward questions of laughter, love, and the sublime. He has recently completed a master’s thesis on the poetics of Stoic laughter in the satires of Persius.
Dianne is a PhD candidate in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. She is writing her dissertation on the influence of Greek tragedy on Statius’ Thebaid under the direction of Dr. Annette Baertschi. She received her BA from Whitman College in Washington state, 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 with a thesis entitled “From Hell and Back: Crossing Boundaries in Claudian’s De Raptu Proserpinae.” She has also been an associate instructor for a course in Ancient Civilization at Indiana University and a teaching assistant for Latin at Bryn Mawr. In addition, she has taught Elementary Latin for the Spring 2013 semester and Intermediate Latin for the Spring 2016 semester at Bryn Mawr. She has presented her research at various venues including Indiana University’s Medieval Studies Symposium, Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate Group Symposium in 2013, and the CAMWS annual meeting in Spring 2016.
Daniel J. Crosby
Dan is currently pursuing a PhD. He came to BMC from Fresno Pacific University where he took a BA in History and Classics ('10) and an MA in Classics ('13), completing a thesis on the development of and relationship between the myths of Python and Tityos. Between 2012 and 2015, he taught two of FPU's core courses in history as an adjunct instructor: Ancient Civilizations and Medieval and Early-Modern Civilizations. Recently, he received another MA degree ('17) from BMC, having defended a thesis on Clement of Alexandria's use of the Pythian dragon as a metaphor for the material world in his Protrepticus. He is currently working on preliminary exams in Ancient Medicine, Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Early Christian Martyrs, Martyrdom, and Martyrologies; and Greek Oracles and Divination.
Luca D’Anselmi is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Classics. In 2012 he received his B.A. in Latin from Hillsdale College. He received his M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2014 with a thesis entitled “Mimetic Syntax in the Tragedies of Seneca.” His research focuses on Latin poetry more generally, with specific focuses on visuality and poetic style, as well as the Renaissance reception of Virgil.
Stella is pursuing her M.A. in Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies. She received her B.A. in Classical Studies and Music from Carleton College in 2015. Her research interests broadly include: cultural exchange and transmission of mythology in the ancient Mediterranean, shared traditions of Greek and Persian religious practice, and the intersections of cult doctrine and artistic performance.
Ancient Philosophy and Religion
Collin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Greek, Latin and Classical studies. He received his B.A. in Classics from New York University in 2012, and his M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2015 with a thesis entitled "Proclus on the Myths of the Works and Days." His current research interests tend toward Greco-Roman philosophy and religion, as well as prose literature, epigraphy, and epic and didactic poetry.
Jennifer Kay Hoit
Archaic Greek Poetry, Greek Tragedy, Memory Studies, Oral Tradition, Ancient Greece and the Near East, Roman Satire
Jennifer is a PhD candidate in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. Her dissertation analyzes how memories of the past were communicated and the ways they functioned in Greek epic, lyric, and tragedy. The project pays special attention to contexts of performance and reperformance, the role of the poet as a rememberer, methods of transmission, and correlations between poetic mode and a memory’s form and content. Jennifer received her BA in Classical Languages and Literature and Classical Art and Archaeology from Indiana University in 2008. She received her MA from Bryn Mawr College in 2010.
Olivia is pursuing her MA in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. She received her BA in Classics and Philosophy from Augustana University in 2015. Her interests include ancient and medieval philosophy (especially Plato and the Pre-Socratics), reception, philology, and issues of gender and voice.
Kristen is pursuing her M.A. in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. She received a B.A. in Classical Studies with a minor in Art History from Willamette University in 2016. She then attended the Post-Baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include myth, Homeric epic, Greek tragedy, and ancient Greek and Roman gender and sexuality.
Danielle is pursuing her M.A. in Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies. She received her A.B. in Classics from Princeton in 2013 and an M.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia University in 2016. Her interests include religion and politics within the Roman Empire, Silver Age Latin poetry, and dream literature.
Juliann is pursuing her M.A. in the department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies. She earned a B.A. in Intellectual History from Yale in 2010 and a J.D. from Berkeley Law in 2016. Her interests include magic in Greek and Roman law, mythology in Classical Greek and Roman art, and the influence of the Aeneid on modern epic fantasy.
Joshua Shaw is currently pursuing his M.A. in Classics. In 2017 he received his B.A. in Latin from Hillsdale College. His interests include the roles of allusivity, intertextuality, and authorial intent in the poetry of the Roman Republic, the intersection of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, the appropriation of ancient philosophy in Late Antiquity, and the relationship of literature to philosophy more generally.
Mary is currently pursuing an M.A. in the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. She received her BA in Latin from Wake Forest University in 2015. Her interests include Roman poetry, linguistics, ritual, power, and intersectionality.
Christina McGuire Villarreal
Christie is pursuing a PhD in the department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. Christie received a B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Classical Languages from Villanova University, and an M.A. in Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr, with a thesis entitled “Referto Praedonum Mari: Piratical Propaganda in the Fourth through First Centuries BCE.” She attended the summer programs at both the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome. Christie taught Latin and Greek at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, and was a teaching assistant for introductory and intermediate Latin at Bryn Mawr. Christie's research interests include epigraphy, Greek and Roman religious practices, the lives of the non-elite in Graeco-Roman society, and military history, focusing on the Hellenistic Period and the late Roman Republic.
Audrey is a graduate student in the Classics department working towards her MA. Her thesis examines the similarities and differences between Euripides, Isocrates and Gorgias as they mounted a defense on behalf of Helen of Troy. Her interests include Ancient Greek tragedy and philosophy (particularly in 5th century Athens), and the depiction and role of women in the ancient world. She received her BA from Oberlin College in 2012 with a major in Ancient Greek and a minor in Latin.