Our Alumni

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Graduates from the UCLA Ph.D. Program in Classics 

Hans Bork (PhD 2018), Assistant Professor of Classics, Stanford University. Dissertation: “A Rough Guide to Insult in Plautus”.

Grace Gillies (PhD 2018), Visiting Faculty, Department of Religious Studies and Classics, University of Arizona. Dissertation: “Writing in the Street: The Development of Urban Poetics in Roman Satire”.

Nathan Kish (PhD 2018), Visiting Fellow in Classics, Cornell College. Dissertation: “The Ethics and Politics of Style in Latin Rhetorical Invective”.

Celsiana Warwick (PhD 2018), Visiting Faculty, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University; starting in July 2019, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Iowa. Dissertation: “For Those Yet to Come: Gender and Kleos in the Iliad”.

Dale Parker (PhD 2018), Ecclesiastical Doctorate in Theology candidate, Pontifica Università della Santa Croce, Rome. Dissertation: “To Win and Win Over: Plato and Aristotle on Strategy and Persuasion in Dialectic”.

Irene Han (PhD 2017), Part-Time Faculty, NYU Gallatin School, New York. Dissertation: “One Hundred and One Nights: Plato and the Metaphysical Feminine”.

William McCrary (PhD 2017). Dissertation: “Homeric Subjects:  Psychoanalysis and the Iliad”. PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.

Justin Vorhis (PhD 2017), Latin Teacher, St Croix Preparatory Academy, Stillwater, MN. Dissertation: “The Best of the Macedonians: Alexander as Achilles in Arrian, Curtius, and Plutarch”.

Hilary Lehmann (PhD 2016), Assistant Professor of Classics, Knox College, IL. Dissertation: “Feeling Home: House and Ideology in the Attic Orators”

Suzanne Lye (PhD 2016), Assistant Professor of Classics, UNC Chapel Hill. Dissertation: “The Hypertextual Underworld: Exploring the Underworld as an Intertextual Space in Ancient Greek Literature”.

Alexander Lessie (PhD 2015), Latin Teacher, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA. Dissertation: “Becoming Mark Antony: A Metabiographical Study of Characterization and Reception”

Kristin Mann (PhD 2015), Post-doctoral Scholar and Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Depauw University. Dissertation: “The Fabulist in the Fable Book”

Craig Russell (PhD 2013), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma. Dissertation: “Homer’s Roads Not Taken: Alternate Storytelling Possibilities in the Iliad and the Odyssey”.

Charles Stein (PhD 2013), Inbound Marketing Professional. Dissertation: “Beyond the Generation of Leaves: The Imagery of Trees and Human Life in Homer”

Michael Brumbaugh (PhD 2011), Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University. Dissertation: “Constructing Ideologies of Kingship in the Hymns of Kallimachos”.

Brian Walters (PhD 2011), Assistant Professor, Department of the Classics and Center for Translation Studies, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation: “Metaphor, Violence, and the Death of the Roman Republic”.

Emily Kratzer (PhD 2010), Latin Teacher, Bosque School, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dissertation: “Double Herakles: Studies on the Death and Deification of the Hero in Fifth-Century Drama”.

Renee Calkins (PhD 2010), Senior Lecturer in Classics, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dissertation: “Making Kleos Mortal: Archaic Attic Funerary Monuments and the Construction of Social Memory”.

Charles Stocking (PhD 2009), Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario. Dissertation: “Bones, smoke and lies: Hellenizing burnt sacrifice”.

Chris Johanson (PhD 2008), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, UCLA. Dissertation: “Spectacle in the Forum: visualizing the Roman aristocratic funeral of the middle Republic”.

Christine Thompson (PhD 2007), Independent scholar. Dissertation: “Silver in the age of iron and the orientalizing economics of archaic Greece”.

Christopher Eckerman (PhD 2007), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Oregon, Eugene. Dissertation: “Panhellenic Places, Spaces, and Landscapes: Pindar and Bacchylides’ Manipulation of Greek Sanctuaries”.

Lorenzo Garcia (PhD 2007), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of New Mexico. Dissertation: “Homeric Temporalities: Simultaneity, Sequence, and Duration in the Iliad”.

Owen Goslin (PhD 2006), Author of blog Micropolitan. Dissertation: “Enacting Pity: A study of rhetoric, supplication, and decision-making in Euripides.”

Gordon Fain (PhD 2005), Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, UCLA. Dissertation: “Catullus, Callimachus, and Martial: composition in Greek and Latin epigram”.

Emma Scioli (PhD 2005), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Kansas. Dissertation: “Poetics of sleep: representing dreams and sleep in Latin literature and Roman art”.

Nancy Llewellyn (PhD 2005), Associate Professor of Latin, Belmont Abbey College. Dissertation: “The Columbeis of Julius Caesar Stella”.

Andrew Lear (PhD 2004), President of Oscar Wilde Tours and Shady Lady Tours. Dissertation: “Noble Eros: The idealization of pederasty from the Greek Dark Ages to the Athens of Socrates”.

Seán Easton (PhD 2003), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College. Dissertation: “Poetics of envy in Lucan’s Bellum Civile”.

Robin Bond (PhD 1999), Assistant Dean, Honors College, Washington State University. Dissertation: “Interpreting animals in Herodotus: A case study in the poetics of Histories.”

Basil Dufallo (PhD 1999), Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dissertation: “Ciceronian oratory and the ghosts of the past”.

Julie Laskaris (PhD 1999), Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Richmond. Dissertation: “Art is long: “On the sacred disease” and the scientific tradition.”

Charles McNelis (PhD 1999), Professor, Department of Classics, Georgetown University. Dissertation: “Reflexive narratives: poetics and civil war in Statius’ Thebaid “.

Tara Silvestri Welch (PhD 1999), Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, University of Kansas. Dissertation: “Poetry and place in Propertius’ fourth book”.

Thomas Frazel (PhD 1998), Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University. Dissertation: “Cicero’s Verrines and Roman rhetorical culture”.

Rebecca Resinski (PhD 1998), Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Hendrix College. Dissertation: “Cosmos and cosmetics: constituting an adorned female body in ancient Greek literature”.

Melissa Schons Bishop (PhD 1998), CEO and Founder, Expert College Coach; Assistant Executive Director and Vice President of Board of Directors, Joy of Hearing Foundation, Inc. Dissertation: “Horror and the characterization of the witch from Horace to Lucan”.

Jonathan Fenno (PhD 1995), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Mississippi. Dissertation: “Poets, athletes and heroes: Theban and Aeginetan identity in Pindar’s Aeginetan odes”.

Laurel Bowman (PhD 1994), Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria. Dissertation: “Knowledge and prophecy in Sophokles”.

Kathryn Chew (PhD 1994), Professor of Classics, Department of World Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach. Dissertation: “Novel techniques: motivation and causation in the ancient novels with special reference to Heliodoros’ Aithiopika”.

Frank Russell (PhD 1994), Professor, Department of History, Transylvania University. Dissertation: “Information gathering and intelligence in the Greek World, ca 800-322 B.C.”.

Catherine Schlegel (PhD 1994), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame. Dissertation: “Satirist makes satire: self-definition and the power of speech in Horace, Satires”.

Victor Ortiz (PhD 1993), Associate Director of Academic Technology, Marlborough School, Los Angeles. Dissertation: “Athenian tragedy and hero-cult: a study of the Greek poetic and religious imagination”.

John Kearns (PhD 1992), Director of Change Management and Senior Writer for Executive and Strategic Communication, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Dissertation: “Languages of Lydian Ionia”.

Anthony Forte (PhD 1991), Lecturer, Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Rome.

Robert Cape Jr. (PhD 1991), Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Austin College. Dissertation: “On reading Cicero’s Catilinarian orations”.

Steve Reece (PhD 1990), Professor, Department of Classics, St. Olaf College. Dissertation: “Conventional scenes of hospitality in Homer’s Odyssey”.

Mary Depew (PhD 1989), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Iowa. Dissertation: “Aitia in Callimachus’ Hymns”.

William Donald Wilkins (PhD 1986), Scholar in Residence, The Lockman Foundation. Dissertation: “Commentary on selected passages from Origen’s Peri Archon which are essential to his theory of preexistence”.

Elizabeth Belfiore (1978), Professor Emerita, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota. Dissertation: “‘Imitation’ and Book 10 of Plato’s Republic


Related Programs

Shanna Kennedy-Quigley (Art History 2008), Lecturer, Department of Art History, UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Nick Rockwell (History 2008), Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Denver

Natalie Operstein (Indo-European Studies 2007), Visiting Assistant Professor, Program in Linguistics,Universidad de Sonora, Mexico

Kanehiro Nishimura (Indo-European Studies 2007), Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Classics, Kyoto University, Japan

Aurelijus Vijūnas (Indo-European Studies 2006), Assistant Professor, Department of English, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Angelo Mercado (Indo-European Studies 2006), Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Colgate University

Damien Stocking (Comparative Literature 2004), Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College

Fabrizio Cavoto (Indo-European Studies, 2004), Malmö, Sweden

Cynthia Colburn (Art History, 2003), Assistant Professor, Art History and Humanities, Seaver College, Pepperdine University

Jason Moralee (History 2002), Associate Professor, Department of History, Illinois Wesleyan University

Louise Hitchcock (Archaeology 2002), Senior Lecturer, School of Historical Studies, Centre for Classics & Archaeology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Wilhelm (Indo-European Studies 2001), Chair, Foreign Languages Department, Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena, California

Ann Steinsapir (Art History 1998), Museum Educator at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Maura K. Heyn (Art History 1998), Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Brendan Burke (Archaeology, 1998), Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria

Lillian Joyce (Art History 1997), Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History,University of Alabama at Huntsville

Michael Lovano (History 1996), Assistant Professor of History, Director of the Program of Classical Studies, St. Norbert College

Darel Engen (History 1996), Associate Professor, Department of History, California State University, San Marcos

Geoffrey Nathan (History 1995), Lecturer, School of History, University of New South Wales, Australia

Mary Hart (Art History 1992), Associate Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Sarolta Takács (History 1992), Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Rutgers University

Karol Wight (Art History 1991), Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa of the J. Paul Getty Museum

Karen Manchester (Art History 1991), Curator, Ancient Art, The Art Institute of Chicago


Undergraduate

 

Klancy Maples (Classical Civilization major, Theater minor, 2015) is pursuing her MA in Performing Arts Administration at New York University (expected May 2020). She is extremely thankful to bring the skills that she learned during her two year stint as the Student Affairs Officer for the Department of Classics into her MA program.

Hayley Iwig (Classical Civilization and Psychology double major, 2015) attends graduate school at CSULB, where she is pursuing a Masters of Social Work.

Katherine Takakjian (Classical Civilization major; English, Gender Studies, Political Science minor, 2015) is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Stanford Law School, and is considering applying to a dual degree program in order to pursue a Masters in Ancient History.

Carmella Passero (Classical Civilization minor, Italian and Special Fields Major, 2014) did a six-month internship at the Wende Museum in Culver City and is now living in Munich where she is taking German classes. If all goes well, she will start a Master’s program in Art History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in October 2015.

Melissa Rose (Classical Civilization and Political Science double major, 2014) received her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2017. She is now a practicing attorney in San Diego, specializing in insurance coverage and insurance defense. In the spirit of Classics, she named her two cats Apawllo and Artemis.

Matt Long (Classical Civilization major, Digital Humanities minor, 2014) is the Online Media and Marketing Manager for the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Stephen Milburn (Classical Civilization major, 2014) is working as an editor and administrator for the research division of the Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, & Pain Medicine in addition to working as a Latin tutor in San Mateo County.

Faye Mendoza (Classical Civilization minor, 2014) attends medical school at Virgina Commonwealth University.

Robert D. Skeels (Classical Civilization major, 2014) was accepted into Peoples College of Law (Class of 2018) in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. He and his wife still reside in their house in Historic Filipinotown, and he still works as the senior researcher for a privately held electronics firm in Koreatown.

Mary Tsaturian (Classical Civilization minor, 2014) will begin attending George Washington University Medical School in Fall 2016.

Ryann Garcia (Classical Civilization and Religious Studies double major, 2013) is attending Yale University to earn her Masters of Art in Religions – Asian Religions. After graduating from Yale, Ryann hopes to return to UCLA to pursue her PhD.

Demetrius Papadakis (Classical Civilization major, Global Studies minor, 2013) is living in Berlin, Germany where he is about to begin work as an English teacher while continuing to learn German.

Erika Regina Schulz (Classical Civilization and French major, 2013) graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2016, where she served as class president all three years. She is now an associate at DLA Piper LLP, where she practices in business and complex commercial litigation.

Ginny Boles (Greek and Latin major, summa cum laude, Departmental Highest Honors, 2012) is currently teaching high school Latin and middle school English at Oakcrest School in McLean, VA.  After graduating, she designed the middle school Latin curriculum for the South Bronx Classical Charter School in New York and then taught middle school Latin at the Geneva School of Manhattan.

Blake Livesay (Classical Civilization major, 2011), after working briefly as a counselor in the Classics Department, worked as the Student Affairs Officer in the Department of Philosophy at UCLA, just upstairs from his old department. He now works for the Registrar’s Office as the editor for the UCLA General Catalog.

Seraphina Tarrant (Classical Civilization major, 2010) is a Product Manager on one of Google’s Billion+ enterprise advertising software products.

Mara Kutter (Classical Civilization and History major, 2010) attended the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for two years and entered the PhD program in Classics at the University of Michigan in 2012.

Tim Smith (Greek and Latin major, 2010) is pursuing a PhD in Classics at Johns Hopkins University.

Joe Khodari (Classical Civilization 2009) graduate from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He is currently working in Manhattan.

David Lee (Latin, 2009) returned to UCLA and completed his degree in 2009, after leaving in the late ’90s to work. he now works at an investment advisor firm where he has been for the last 19 years. He is an IT Manager and absolutely loves his job, but he must admit that he misses Latin and the Classics. He is a 3rd degree black belt in Kendo and he and his wife recently had their first child.

Benjamin Treger (Greek and Latin major, 2009) studied law at Stanford Law School. He now works as an employment law attorney at Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP in Santa Monica.

Amanda Weldy (English and Italian major with special field in Classical Civilization, 2009) is currently Provost’s Fellow in USC’s English PhD program, specializing in Classical transmission in the 18th century Neoclassical period.

Stephanie Albrecht (Latin major, Classical Civilization minor, 2008) studied law at the University of Michigan and currently works as a white collar defense attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Karen Duckworth (Greek & Latin and Comparative Literature double major, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures minor, 2008) is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working on her Masters of Public Health with Registered Dietician training.

Veronica Peters (Classical Civilization major, 2008) is currently working as a product tester for digital camcorders in Cisco, San Jose.

Renata Skaletzky (Classical Civilization major, 2008) is a Research Assistant at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles.

Caroline Cheung (Classical Civilization and Biochemistry major 2007) is currently pursuing her PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a BA in Classical Civilization and post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics through UCLA Extension. In 2011, she completed her MA in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University.

Miriam Snoyman (Greek and Latin major, 2007) currently lives in Israel. She is married with two children: Eliezer (2 1/2 yrs) and Gavriella (2 mths). She works with her husband developing open- source software.

Elke Nash (Classical Civilization major 2007) is currently pursuing her PhD in Classics at the University of Southern California. She completed the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics through UCLA Extension and also worked as an assistant in the Director’s Office at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2007 and 2008.

Jonathan Boustani (Classical Civilization major, 2007) graduated from Columbia Law School in 2010. He is currently working for a law firm in Irvine and considering further graduate work in a Classics related field.

Douglas Underwood (Classical Civilization major, 2007) received an MA from the University of Missouri in 2010, and a Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of St Andrews. His research is on Roman and Late antique archaeology, specifically looking at urban public monuments.

Erik Latshaw (History major, English minor, 2004, Postbaccalaureate in Classics 2006) is an independent, non-commissioned researcher and Certified Sommelier living in Los Angeles.

Moon Kim (Greek and Latin major, 2005) completed her MLIS and graduate certificate in Digital Humanities from UCLA.  She is an Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Washington.

Nathan Pollock (Classical Civilization and Economics double major, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Highest Honors for Senior Thesis, 2005) is the founder, and owner/operator of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant in San Francisco. He was a management consultant for almost 4 years UCLA, where he worked on strategic business initiatives with a variety of companies. However, his love of food, architecture, and being in front of people in customer-oriented role lead me to team up with a business partner, write a business plan for The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, and they will be opening their doors for business in May 2010. They’ve spent over a year, planning the menu; publicizing the restaurant, and designing and building the restaurant space and are very excited to start serving their customers!

Kyle Erickson (Greek and Latin and History double major, 2005) is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David. He completed his PhD in March 2010 at the University of Exeter, UK, with a thesis entitled “The Early Seleucids, their Gods and their Coins.”

Christine Company (Classical Civilization major, 2002) received her MA in Italian Literature from UCLA in 2005. She currently works for NBCUniversal as an Associate IP Producer liasing between outside film studios and Universal on Ride and Land Development and Production for the theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and international properties.

Eleni Hioureas (American Literature major, Classics and Political Science Minors, Magna Cum Laude, College and Departmental Honors, 2001) earned her MA in Modern Literature from the University of York, England in 2003.  Now, she is an English professor at Santa Monica College, where she focuses primarily on teaching composition courses.  Last summer, she led a study abroad program to Greece and taught ancient and modern Greek literature in translation for that program.

Cameron Blount (Classical Civilization, 2000) earned his M.Ed at UCLA. After working as an Academic Personnel Analyst for the Dodd Humanities Group and the UCLA Dean’s Office, he moved to Cedars Sinai to work as a physician personnel analyst and physician recruiter. He then took the position of Director of Academic Personnel at the UC Davis Eye Center in 2011. He is now the Chief Administrative Officer for the UC Davis Eye Center.

Teo Martinez (Classical Civilization major, 1999) is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency.

Lynne West (Greek and Latin major, 1999) completed her MA in Classics at UCSB in 2001. Since then she has been teaching all levels of Latin at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. She recently received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching and will be heading to the Netherlands in January for five months to conduct a research project on instructional techniques used by Dutch foreign language teachers. Press release here.

Melinda Borjon Heinlein (Classical Civilization & History double major, 1993) works for Apple in the Worldwide Developer Relations group.  She received a MBA from Babson College in 2003.  At Apple, she leads the team of people responsible for helping developers build the best mobile apps in the Education, Children’s, Books, and Medical market segments.

Jay Yerkes (Classical Civilization major, 1993) has been a self-employed independent financial advisor since 1996.  He also earned an MBA in 1995.  He is the elected City Treasurer for the City of Vacaville, CA, the President of the Solano Community College Educational Foundation, and is married with a daughter and 2 pugs.  Had he stayed in the Classics realm, he would be doing groundbreaking research into the ancient astronaut theory and helping to rewrite our history books.

Jill Urstein-Horowitz (Classical Civilization major, 1992) received her M.A. Ed from Pepperdine in 1998 and is currently teaching third grade at Ranchito Elementary in LAUSD.

Kevin Daly (Greek and Latin major, 1991) received his PhD in Classics from Harvard University and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Victoria Bryant (Classical Civilization major, Departmental Highest Honors, 1987) went on to get Masters in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, completed internship requirements and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California; retired from ballet, continued certification as Pilates, Shiatsu, and massage practitioner, owns and cultivates a private somatic practice since 1994 – owner of Navigating Gravity Studio, in north Orange county; in the Fall of 2015, expanding the practice to Manhattan Beach, opening in conjunction with Gyrotonic South Bay Studios and Wellness Center.