Classics Graduate Students

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Sandra Ayikwerah

Graduate Assistant

ayikwesa@mail.uc.edu

Sandra is a PhD student in  Classical 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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Alessandro Giovanni Battaglia

Graduate Assistant

battagai@mail.uc.edu

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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Anna Aleksandra Belza

belzaaa@mail.uc.edu

Anna Belza is a PhD candidate in Aegean Prehistory. Her dissertation project, entitled "The Cyclades in the Mycenaean Period: A View from Ayia Irini, Kea,” is a study of the pottery, small finds, and architecture dated to Late Bronze Age IIB–IIIC...
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Haley Elizabeth Bertram

Graduate Assistant

bertrahe@mail.uc.edu

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

Graduate Assistant

tiziano.boggio@uc.edu

Tiziano Boggio is a fifth year PhD candidate 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

Graduate Assistant

theodore.boivin@uc.edu

Ted Boivin (he/him) is a 6th year PhD candidate in Classical Philology. His dissertation, on the "marked" alternative in the Annales of Tacitus, explores how the form of Tacitus' suggestive alternatives reflects the ambiguities of presenting and...
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Graham Christopher Braun

Graduate Assistant

braungc@mail.uc.edu

Graham Braun is a second year PhD student in Bronze Age Archaeology. 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 on 'Minoanizing' and 'Mycenaeanizing'...
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Maura Marlene Brennan

Graduate Assistant (she/her/hers)

brennamu@mail.uc.edu

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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Marialena Chalari

Graduate Assistant

chalarmi@mail.uc.edu

Marialena is a first year PhD student in Bronze Age Archaeology. She holds a B.A. from the University of Ioannina in Greece. She has extended field experience, serving as a trench supervisor at excavations and partaking in research projects in...
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Alice Margaret Crowe

Graduate Assistant

croweam@mail.uc.edu

Alice Crowe is a PhD candidate specializing in Aegean Prehistory, with a particular focus on the archaeology of Late Bronze Age Crete. Her dissertation, “Ariadne’s City Unravels. Urban Dissolution at Late Bronze Age Knossos,” considers the physical and...
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Vasileios Dimoglidis

Graduate Assistant

dimoglvs@mail.uc.edu

Vasileios Dimoglidis is a PhD Student in Classics (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, Poetics and the...
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Luiza dos Santos Souza

Graduate Assistant

luiza.dossantossouza@uc.edu

Luiza dos Santos Souza is a PhD Candidate 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, metapoetics, education...
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Cleo Lorna Elizabeth-Robertson

Graduate Assistant

elizabco@mail.uc.edu

Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson is a first year PhD student in Roman Archaeology. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2019 with a BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, before completing the Baccalaureate program in Classical...
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Jacob M Engstrom

Graduate Assistant

engstrjm@mail.uc.edu

Jacob Engstrom is a PhD candidate specializing in Aegean Prehistory. For the 2024-25 academic year he is the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Jacob's research focuses on social change, cultural...
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Lily Dawn Fisher

Graduate Assistant

fisherrk@mail.uc.edu

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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Sandani Anupama Halkavidane

Graduate Assistant

halkavsa@mail.uc.edu

Sandani is a second year student in the M.A. program, with a focus  on Aegean Prehistory. She has a B.A. (Honors) in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 
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Austin A Hattori

Graduate Assistant

hattoraa@mail.uc.edu

A.B. Classical Languages, University of Georgia 2018
M.A. Classics, University of Cincinnati 2022

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

haywarcj@mail.uc.edu

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

Graduate Assistant

katkinmy@mail.uc.edu

Molly Katkin is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago with a BA with honors in Classics and a BA in Comparative Human Development. She has research interests broadly in Etruscan religion,...
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Sydney Michaela Kennedy

Graduate Assistant

kenne2sm@mail.uc.edu

Sydney Kennedy is a second-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

Graduate Assistant

kernsra@mail.uc.edu

Rebecca Kerns is a PhD candidate specializing in Roman archaeology. Her dissertation examines Roman architectural approaches to fire prevention, combining historical and archaeological perspectives to gain insight on the ways Roman cities dealt...
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Jack M Kunst

Graduate Assistant

kunstjm@mail.uc.edu

John Kunst is a first-year Ph.D. student specializing in Ancient History. He received his Bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Illinois State University in 2022. His undergraduate thesis, "Soldier-Engineers: Siege Warfare and Virtus in De Bello...
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Brendan Patrick Landell

landelbn@mail.uc.edu

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

Graduate Assistant

lessarme@mail.uc.edu

Michelle Lessard is a fourth year PhD student in the Philology program. Before coming to University of Cincinnati, she taught Latin in Massachusetts for five years. At Vassar College she majored in Classics and Biology, and she continues to be...
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Zimo Liang

Graduate Assistant

liangzm@mail.uc.edu

Zimo Liang(梁子墨)is a first-year master's student in Ancient History. He received his B.A. in History from Peking University in 2023 with a certificate in Classical Studies. He is mainly interested in Roman Greece in the Early and High Empire, with a...
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Patrick Gaughan O'Callahan

Graduate Assistant

ocallapg@mail.uc.edu

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

Graduate Assistant

paglioga@mail.uc.edu

Giulia is a fourth year PhD candidate specializing in Aegean Prehistory. She is interested in a multidisciplinary approach to Linear B texts, and her current research focuses primarily on palatial economy, control and organization of craft...
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Allie Meelyn Pohler

Graduate Assistant

pohleram@mail.uc.edu

Allie Pohler (she/her) earned her Ph.D. in Classical Philology in Spring 2024. She specializes in Roman comedy researching questions of gender, class, trauma, and enslavement. Her dissertation, “Terence’s Offstage Virgo: The (De)construction of a...
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Cinzia Sarafina Presti

Graduate Assistant

prestics@mail.uc.edu

Cinzia is a PhD student specializing in Roman Archaeology. She defended her MA at the University of Cincinnati in 2022 for her thesis titled, Architectural Furnishings as Evidence of Local Intentionality in Etruscan Tombs. She graduated summa cum...
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Alex Bullock Reese

Graduate Assistant

bullocaa@mail.uc.edu

Alex Reese is a second year student PhD student in Classical Philology. In 2019, she graduated from Utah State University with her BA, with majors in English Literature and Philosophy and a minor in Latin. She went on to receive her MA in Ancient...
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Kelsey Anne Frable Schalo

Graduate Assistant

schaloka@mail.uc.edu

Kelsey Schalo is a fourth-year Ph.D. student 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." Current...
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Callaghan Marie Todhunter

Graduate Assistant

todhuncm@mail.uc.edu

Callaghan is a third-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. Callaghan’s primary research interests lie in...
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Valia Tsikritea

tsikrivi@mail.uc.edu

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

Graduate Assistant

weberc5@mail.uc.edu

Christine is a third year PhD student specializing in Aegean Prehistory. She holds a BA in Art History and Archaeology from the College of Wooster, where was awarded honors for her undergraduate thesis “The Tel Kabri Wall and Floor Paintings:...
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Tianqi Zhu

Graduate Assistant

zhutq@mail.uc.edu

Tianqi Zhu is a fourth year PhD student in Classical Archaeology (currently in Greece). He is broadly interested in the history and archaeology of the Roman Empire, with focuses on epigraphy, urbanization, and civic life of the eastern provinces...