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Erica Bexley

Erica is currently a Lecturer in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University, UK, having earned her PhD from Cornell in 2013. Her research focuses on Roman drama and literature of the Neronian period. She has published several articles on Lucan and Seneca, and is currently working on a monograph about characterization and identity in Seneca’s tragedies.

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Allison Boex

Allison Boex came to Cornell with a B.A. from Kenyon College (2003) and completed her Ph.D. in 2014 with the dissertation "Hic tacitus lapis: voice, audience, and space in early Latin verse-epitaphs." She is currently teaching Latin locally and doing freelance work for, among others, L'Année philologique, Brill, and Cornell University Press, and working on submitting her dissertation for publication.

Carrie Fulton

Having completed her PhD in 2016, Carrie is an Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and Classics at the University of Toronto. Carrie’s research focuses on questions of materiality, agency, and identity within maritime networks in the ancient Mediterranean. Her recent book project uses shipwreck assemblages to address economic integration, cultural exchange, and transnational networks in the Roman World. She has participated in underwater fieldwork in Florida, Cyprus, and Turkey, and has co-directed the excavation of a ship in Manhattan, New York. Her current survey off the south-central coast of Cyprus focuses on the development of digital technologies for recording and analyzing maritime material culture.

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Megan Gier

After leaving Cornell in 2013, Megan Gier moved back to Chicago and started working for Kaplan Test Prep as an ACT instructor. Over this past summer, she served as a Student Ambassador in the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, an international event centered on food culture and addressing the problem of global food security. Fall 2015, she began a master's program in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to continuing her job at Kaplan, Megan is currently working as a graduate assistant at UIC's Tutorium in Intensive English.

Catherine (Katie) Kearns

Katie (PhD 2015) was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in 2016 before coming to the University of Chicago, where she presently teaches in the Department of Classics. Her research and publications focus on environmental history, landscape practices, and concepts of space and place in the ancient Mediterranean during the dynamic first millennium BCE, appearing in venues such as the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Antiquity, History Compass, and forthcoming in TAPA. She currently directs fieldwork on rural settlements on Cyprus, and is co-editing a volume on Cypriot archaeology in addition to a book project on social and environmental change during the Archaic period.

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Erik Kenyon

Erik completed the ancient philosophy track with a dissertation on Augustine and the Dialogue (2012). His research explores how questions of philosophical method, pedagogical strategy and literary form interact in ancient philosophical dialogues. He has published three articles, most recently in Ancient Philosophy (2014), and is in the final stages of expanding his dissertation into a book. At present he is serving a 3-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) with courses on the development of the liberal arts, Lucretius, Catullus, Pliny, Greek Mythology, Late Antiquity, Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Skepticism and Evil.

Aaron Pelttari

Aaron graduated in 2012 with the PhD in Classical Literature and Philology. After working at the University of California Santa Barbara and at Lake Highland Preparatory School, he moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2014, where he is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. In 2014 he also published his revised dissertation as The Space That Remains: Reading Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity (Cornell University Press). While his primary research interest is late antique Latin poetry, he also works on the reception of classical literature; on bilingual manuscripts and translation; on commentaries and paratexts; and, in general, on the many ways that classical literature invites and evades closure.

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Matthew A. Sears

After completing my PhD at Cornell in 2011, I taught for two years at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In July 2013, I began a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor of Classics at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. My first book, entitled Athens, Thrace, and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership and based on my Cornell dissertation research, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Currently I am working on two book projects: a traveller's guide to the ancient battlefields of Greece, and a study of Brasidas and other Spartan leaders during and after the Peloponnesian War.

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Tobias Torgerson

Tobias Torgerson graduated in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Classical Literature and Philology. His research focused on epic poetry, mythology, wordplay, and allusion. After graduating, he worked as a freelance writer for Examiner.com, where he specialized in the historical sites of Milwaukee, WI. Since August of 2012, he has been a feature writer for Epic, an electronic health records company based in Verona, WI. When he isn't documenting laboratory software for Epic, Tobias is working on a historical novel about the Black Hawk War.

Ioannis Ziogas

Ioannis Ziogas (Cornell PhD, 2010) is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University (England). His first book (Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women, Cambridge 2013) is a revised version of his Cornell dissertation. He has also co-edited (with M. Skempis)Geography, Topography, Landscape: Configurations of Space in Greek and Roman Epic (de Gruyter 2014). Ioannis’ main research interests focus on Augustan poetry, but he has published on a variety of subjects, ranging from Homer and Hesiod to David Malouf and Salman Rushdie.

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