Classics Graduate Students

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Sandra Ayikwerah

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Sandra is a first year PhD student in Philology. She received her B.A and MPhil from the University of Ghana. Her masters thesis "Demonstration of Hubris and its Consequence in Select Ancient Greek Tragic Plays" looked at the concept of hubris and...
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Jeffrey Ryan Banks

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Jeff Banks is a PhD Candidate in Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, focusing on ceramics on the Greek Mainland. His dissertation is on the Early Helladic period at Corinth. Jeff has recently worked on Cincinnati projects at the Palce of Nestor and at...
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Alessandro Giovanni Battaglia

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Alessandro Giovanni Battaglia is a sixth year PhD candidate in ancient history with a focus on Roman history. His dissertation focuses on the centralizing policies of the late Roman government. He graduated from Luther College in 2017 with summa cum...
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Michael Jay Bell

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Michael Bell is a second year PhD student in Greek archaeology. He graduated summa cum laude from UNC Greensboro in 2020 with a B.A. in Classical Studies and Archaeology. Michael's research interests include the relationship between technology and...
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Anna Aleksandra Belza

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Anna Belza is a PhD candidate in Aegean Prehistory. Her dissertation is on the LBA III material from Ayia Irini, Kea. She received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Sweet Briar College and her M.A. from Brandeis University. She completed an M.A....
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Haley Elizabeth Bertram

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Haley Bertram is a PhD candidate specializing in Archaic Greek archaeology. Her dissertation, “Producing for the Colonial World: Corinthian Pottery Abroad 750-450 BCE”  examines the impact of different consumers on the development of pottery...
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Tiziano Boggio

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Tiziano Boggio is a fourth year PhD student in Classical Philology. At the University of Pisa (Italy), he received his BA in 2011 with a thesis entitled:"The Dodecahedron in Plato's Phaedo" and his MA in 2016 with an Italian translation of "The...
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Theodore James Boivin

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Ted Boivin is a fourth year PhD student in Classical Philology. He graduated from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH in 2018 with a B.A. in Classics. His research interests broadly are in Latin imperial epic (especially Ovid and Lucan),...
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Graham Christopher Braun

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Graham Braun is a first year PhD student in Aegean Prehistory. He holds a B.A. Honours from the University of Victoria and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote an M.A. thesis entitled 'Evaluating Entanglements at...
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Maura Marlene Brennan

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Maura Brennan is a PhD candidate with a focus in Classical Archaeology. She graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2015 with degrees in Music and Classical Archaeology and recieved her MA from UC in 2018. Her research interests currently...
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Stuart John Chessman

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Stuart Chessman is a second year PhD student in Classical Philology. He graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in Classics and received his M.A. from the University of Chicago in Classical Languages and Literature. He is primarily interested in...
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Cecilia Cozzi

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Cecilia Cozzi is a fifth year PhD candidate in Philology.
She received her BA from University of Trento (Italy) in 2014 and her MA from university of Trento (Italy) in 2016. In 2015, she was a visiting student at Carleton University (Ottawa,...
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Alice Margaret Crowe

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Alice Crowe is a PhD candidate specializing in Aegean Prehistory. Her dissertation, “Beyond the Walls of the Labyrinth: A Site-wide Perspective on Final Palatial and Postpalatial Knossos,” is a study of the Knossos settlement during its “Mycenaean” phase...
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Dalton James Davis

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Dalton James Davis is a first-year master's student specializing in Ancient History. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2021 with a B.A. in Classics and History, where his undergraduate work focused on Roman numismatics....
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Vasileios Dimoglidis

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Vasileios Dimoglidis is a third-year PhD Student in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin Philology). He received his BA and MA in Classics from the University of Ioannina (Greece). His main research areas focus on the concept of Time, Stagecraft,...
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Luiza dos Santos Souza

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Luiza dos Santos Souza is a fourth year PhD student in Classical Philology. She received her BA (2013) in Latin and her MA (2016) in Literary Studies from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. She is interested in Roman elegiac poetry,...
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Jacob M Engstrom

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Jacob Engstrom is a PhD student specializing in Aegean Prehistory. He received his BA Honours with Distinction in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Victoria, Canada, in 2020. His honours thesis analyzed Tomb 11 at ancient Eleon,...
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Lily Dawn Fisher

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Lily Fisher is a first year PhD student in philology. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Classical Languages and Literatures, and received her Masters from the University of Notre Dame in Classics. Her research interests...
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Nicholas Granitz

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Nicholas is a PhD candidate in Ancient History. He holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Ashland University '11 (summa cum laude), an MA in Ancient History from Indiana University '14, and an MA in Classics from the University of Cincinnati...
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Duccio Guasti

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BA in Classics 2012, Florence
MA in Historical Linguistics 2016, Humboldt-univ. zu Berlin
Graduate student in Cincinnati since 2016.

My main points of interest are historical linguistics and Greek poetry
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Sandani Anupama Halkavidane

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Austin A Hattori

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A.B. Classical Languages, University of Georgia

Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, Austin was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. His undergraduate thesis, "The Rhetoric of Ariadne and the Construction of the Catullan Ego,"...
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Christopher J Hayward

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Christopher Hayward is a fifth year PhD student in classical archaeology, with a BA in classics and a BSc in chemistry from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and an MA in classics from the University of Cincinnati.  His main interests are in...
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Molly Jean Katkin

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Sydney Michaela Kennedy

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Sydney Kennedy is a first-year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She graduated summa cum laude in 2022 from the College of William & Mary with her BA in Classical Archaeology. She received Highest Honors for her honors thesis, “Taking...
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Rebecca Lyn Kerns

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Rebecca Kerns is a fourth year PhD student specializing in Roman archaeology. She received her MA from the University of Cincinnati in 2021 for her thesis titled "Priorities and Practicality of Etruscan Temple Orientation." She graduated magna cum...
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Charlie J. Kocurek

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Charlie Kocurek is a third-year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She received her BA Honours in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Victoria in 2019 and completed her MA at the University of Cincinnati in 2022 with a thesis entitled "Early...
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Brendan Patrick Landell

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Brendan Landell is a sixth year Ph.D. student in Classical Philology. Brendan received his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College in 2003, and taught high-school for seven years before resuming his studies. He completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program in...
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Michelle Anguita Lessard

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Michelle Lessard is a second year PhD student in the Philology program. Before coming to University of Cincinnati, she taught Middle School Latin in Massachusets for five years. At Vassar College she majored in Classics and Biology, and she...
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Andrew R. Lund

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Andrew R. Lund ("Andy," he/him) is the recipient of the 2023 Arthur Ross Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. Previously, he was the Resident Instructor for the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome ("the Centro") for the...
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Christopher Miller

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CJ Miller is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Roman History. He graduated from Bates College in 2010 with a B.A in Classical and Medieval Studies. After a year at the University of Pennsylvania's Post-Baccalaureate program, he attended Boston...
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Maria Mina

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Maria Mina is a Ph.D student in Aegean Prehistory. She earned her B.A. in Archeology and Art History from the University of Athens and her M.A. in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Groningen. Her research interests...
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Patrick Gaughan O'Callahan

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Patrick Gaughan O'Callahan is a first-year Ph.D. student in Ancient History. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Classics in 2015. His undergraduate thesis explored the changing patterns of civic honors in Athens in the mid-4th...
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Giulia Paglione

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Giulia is a first year PhD student specializing in Aegean Prehistory. She graduated with honors from the University of Rome La Sapienza with a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in Philology, Literatures and History of the Ancient World. Her main...
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Allie Meelyn Pohler

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Allie Pohler (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Philology. Her dissertation focuses on representations of the virgocharacter in Terence's comedies. Her teaching and research interests include New Comedy; Greek and Roman novel; Latin...
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Cinzia Sarafina Presti

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Cinzia is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She received her BA in Classics and Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2020 with her Honors Thesis titled, The Infrastructural Landscape of Ancient Tharros: A GIS Approach to...
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Alexandra Jane Bullock Reese

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Heather Danielle Richard

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Heather Richard is a first-year PhD student in Ancient History focusing on the political and economic networks of the Hellenistic Mediterranean. Her research interests center on the early Ptolemaic kings, and the ways in which they interacted,...
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Kelsey Anne Frable Schalo

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Kelsey Schalo is a second-year PhD candidate in Classical Philology. She has an MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Arkansas, her thesis is titled "Gynocentric Apuleius: Female Agency in The Golden Ass." Her...
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Kaitlyn Danielle Siersema

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Charles J Sturge

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Charles is a Ph.D candidate in Aegean Prehistory. His dissertation is provisionally entitled 'From Pots to People, Commensal Behaviours of the  Late Bronze Age Aegean in Comparative Perspective'. It aims to use a 'big data' approach to analyse...
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Callaghan Marie Todhunter

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Callaghan is a second-year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She received her MA in Classics from the University of Iowa in 2021. She received her BA with honors from the same institution in 2019, with a major in Ancient Civilizations and...
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Valia Tsikritea

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Valia Tsikritea is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age archaeology. Her dissertation "An Archaeology of Cult at Juktas,
Crete: Early Iron Age Pottery and Figurines from the 'Tomb of Zeus'" is a study of the 12th-7th...
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Christine Marie Weber

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Christine is a second-year PhD student in Classical Archaeology specilizing in Aegean Prehistory. She received her BA in Art History and Archaeology with a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies from the College of Wooster in 2021.  Her...
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Sarah Wenner

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Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology.  She received her BA in Anthropology and Economics from Albion College in 2010 and her MA in Ancient History from North Carolina State University in 2015. She has worked at many sites in Jordan, at...
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Tianqi Zhu

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Tianqi Zhu is a third year PhD student in Classical Archaeology. He is broadly interested in the history and archaeology of the Roman Empire, with particular interests in the epigraphy, urbanization, and civic life of the eastern provinces and the...