Dr. Danielle Smotherman Bennett (Ph.D. Archaeology, '17) has accepted the Schuch-Friend of Classics Post-Doctoral Fellow in Classics and Digital Humanities for the 2018-2019 academic year at San Diego State University. Dr. Bennett is the first recipient of this newly endowed Post-Doc. Her term is for a year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
As a fellow, Dr. Bennett will be teaching one course each semester, collaborating with the Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group, mentoring students, and pursuing developing her ongoing research. Her research plans is to include a book proposal related to her dissertation on visual markers in Greek vase-painting, as well as several articles. The articles are all relating to Greek vase-painting and communication, including one on depictions of Philomela, a figure from Ancient Athenian myth. In the fall, she will teach a seminar on "Modern Technology and the Ancient World," followed by a course on world mythology in the spring. Additionally, she has presented at two international conferences in the past year.
Dr. Bennett has been quite active since receiving her doctorate. In the summer of 2017, she spoke as an invited guest for a panel on Athens in the Athenian Empire at the Celtic Classics Conference in Montreal, where she gave a talk entitled, "'My Fair Lady': Exploring Social Change through Athenian Vase-Painting in the Fifth Century B.C.E." In October, Dr. Bennett presented "Gendered Gazes: Targeted Communication in Attic Vase-Painting" at a conference on the theme of "Greek Vases as a Medium of Communication" in Vienna. An article deriving from the latter conference will be published in the CVA Ӧsterreich Beiheft 3.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Bennett has been teaching courses on ancient Greek history, women in the Classical world, and ancient art at Rutgers University, Villanova University, and La Salle University as well as general art history surveys at Delaware County Community College.