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Dennis Alley

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dra67@cornell.edu

  • Ancient History

Dennis earned his B.A., summa cum laude, dual majoring in Classical Languages and Classical Civilization from Syracuse University (2011), where he garnered the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Classics Award. The following year marked the beginning of his graduate studies at Cornell, where he has focused on Classical Greek literature with an emphasis on historiography and lyric poetry. As a fourth year student on the Literature and Philology track, Dennis is beginning a dissertation that will explore Pindar's Epinician odes written for tyrants and the tradition of wisdom poetry that informs them. Dennis' other research interests include Herodotus, Homer, Old Comedy, and Elegiac and Iambic Poetry.

Natasha Binek

Natasha Binek

nmb79@cornell.edu

  • Classical Literature and Philology

Natasha received her Hon. B.A. with a double major in Classical Civilization and Latin from the University of Toronto in 2004. After teaching Latin and history courses at the secondary level for six years, she returned to the University of Toronto and obtained her M.A. in Classics in 2011. That year also marks the beginning of her studies at Cornell in the area of Classical Literature and Philology. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines Vergil's portrayal of Venus and Juno in the Aeneid as a response to the figuring of Aphrodite and Eros in the antecedent literary Greek tradition.

Liana Brent

Liana Brent

ljb269@cornell.edu Website

  • Classical Archaeology

Liana is in her fourth year of the PhD program in the Classical Archaeology track, beginning a dissertation on the topic of tomb disturbance, reuse and violation in Roman Italy. She graduated with an MA in Classics from McMaster University (2012), where she wrote a thesis, “Artifacts and Burial Practices in the Vagnari Cemetery,” that addresses funerary commemoration on an imperial estate in Roman Italy. She has participated in archaeological excavations at Etruscan and Roman sites in Pompeii, Gravina in Puglia, and Castel Viscardo near Orvieto. Liana’s research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Lindsey Brill

Lindsey Brill

lnb38@cornell.edu Website

  • Ancient History

Lindsey is in her third year of the PhD program in the Classical Literature and Philology track. She graduated with her MA from the University of Victoria (2012), in which she wrote a thesis, “Ubiquitous mulomedici: the social, economic, and agronomic significance of the veterinarian to the Roman world,” which explored the significance of the animal doctor to the Roman Empire.  Her major research interests include animal husbandry, agriculture, and ancient science and medicine.

Micaela Carignano

Carignano

mc2287@cornell.edu
Website

  • Classical Archaeology

Micaela received a B.A. summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, with a double major in Archaeology and Classics. She is now in her fifth year of graduate studies at Cornell University, concentrating in classical archaeology. Her main research interests include Bronze Age Crete, ceramics, feasting, and archaeology of everyday life and the domestic sphere.  She is currently working on her dissertation, which uses ceramics and other evidence to explore food consumption in Minoan houses and its relationship to elite feasting practices.  She has participated in excavations in Crete, Cyprus, mainland Greece, and Mississippi.

Jennifer Carrington

Carrington
jcc399@cornell.edu Website

  • Classical Archaeology

Jennifer Carrington graduated with a BA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2009 with an Honours thesis on the sanctuaries and Greek material engagement at Naukratis in Egypt. She began the PhD program in Classical Archaeology at Cornell in 2011 and is researching the introduction and imitation of new ceramic tableware and cookware in Egypt, Cyprus, Syria, and the Levant in the Hellenistic period. Her research interests also encompass ancient trade, social network theory, materiality, and museology.

Michael Esposito

Mike Esposito

me274@cornell.edu
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  • Classical Literature and Philology

Michael Esposito received his BA from Fordham University in 2008. After a year teaching Latin in a New York City high school, he joined the Cornell Classics Department and is now in his fifth year as a PhD candidate. He is working on completing his dissertation on rhetoric and the uses of information in the Aeneid. Other interests include Greek and Roman epic, oratory, and Latin elegy.

Carrie Atkins Fulton

Carrie Atkins

cea66@cornell.edu
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  • Classical Archaeology

Carrie received her B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Biology from Bowdoin College (2006) and a M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University (2009). She recently defended her dissertation, Lost in Transportation: Trade Networks and the Materiality of Cargoes in the Ancient Mediterranean (2015), which develops a theoretical framework for using shipwrecked remains to explore trade networks. Her work focuses on nautical archaeology trade, shipbuilding, ancient religion, 3D digital recording procedures, and landscape studies.  She has participated in terrestrial and underwater excavations in New York, Maine, Florida, Turkey, and Cyprus.

Kathleen Garland

 Garland

kg452@cornell.edu

  • Classical Archaeology

Kathleen received her B.A. from Hampshire College in 2012, with a concentration in Classics and classical archaeology, and completed the University of Pennsylvania’s Classics post-baccalaureate program in 2015. She is a first year in the Classics Ph.D. program on the archaeology track and is interested in exploring  imperialism and identity in the Hellenistic Near East. She has participated in excavations in Greece at Kenchreai and Athens, and in Israel at Tel Kabri and Megiddo.

Theo Harwood

Harwood

tkh26@cornell.edu

  • Ancient Philosophy

Theo received his BA summa cum laude in 2011 from Hillsdale College, majoring in Latin with honors and minoring in Greek. His focus from late undergraduate years on has been the philosophy of St. Augustine, though he also works on Plato and Neo-Platonism as well as Homer and Vergil. He maintains a strong interest in teaching classical languages and literature, having taught Latin, Greek, and Philosophy also at the secondary level. He is currently in his fourth year, beginning his dissertation on Augustine’s theory of literary and particularly Biblical interpretation.

Katie Jarriel

Jarriel

kmj72@cornell.edu
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  • Classical Archaeology

Katie received her BA in Anthropology from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina in 2010, with minors in Studio Art and Classical Studies.  Currently, Katie is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate.  Her research interests include Bronze Age Aegean studies, illustration and 3D digital visualization, landscape studies, art, and phenomenology.  She has worked in Spain, Italy, Israel, Cyprus, and Greece.  Katie recently co-wrote a grant for a project which brings together leading scholars in a lecture series on wax and materiality in the ancient world.  Her work-to-date for the wax project is on display in Goldwin Smith Hall. She is currently participating in the Cambridge Naxos survey, where she is recording the island’s extensive terraces using GPS and GIS technology.

Jeffrey Leon

Jeff Leon

jfl64@cornell.edu
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  • Classical Archaeology

Jeff earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Classics and Archaeology from the George Washington University in 2007 and came to Cornell in the fall of that year.  He is interested in the ancient economy, scientific applications to archaeological research, archaeological theory, and the role of Classics in the modern university.  A sixth-year in Classical Archaeology, his dissertation, entitled “More Than ‘Counting Sheep’: Isotopic Approaches to Minoan Wool Production”, attempts to better understand the Minoan political economy using isotopic analyses to track shepherding strategies in Late Bronze Age Crete.  He has been a member of archaeological projects in Honduras, Israel, Crete, Cyprus and Armenia.

Andrew Meis

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ajm484@cornell.edu

  • Ancient Philosophy

AAndrew received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013, with a double major in Classics and Spanish. After a year teaching Latin at a secondary school in Colorado, he began his graduate studies at Cornell in Fall 2014. His undergraduate thesis considered the interplay between genre and characterization in Plato’s Symposium, particularly with regard to the characterization of Socrates. At Cornell Andrew continues to be intrigued by the literary elements of Plato’s dialogues, but he is also developing an interest in other philosophical literature, e.g. Seneca’s Natural Questions, and the influence of philosophy on other types of texts.

Jacob Nabel

Jake Nabel

jtn35@cornell.edu
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  • Ancient History

Jake earned a BA in Classics and Philosophy from Bard College in 2007 and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He is a Roman historian of the late Republic and early Principate, with a particular focus on interaction between the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and the empires of ancient Iran. His dissertation on the Arsacid "hostages" of the Julio-Claudian period highlights the interconnectedness of Roman and Parthian politics, a theme he has explored further in several forthcoming articles and book chapters. He also created and maintains parthiansources.com, a digital resource of primary texts from the Arsacid empire in Parthian and Greek.

Peter Osorio

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pio3@cornell.edu

  • Ancient Philosophy

Peter received his BA in Classical Studies and Economics from Dartmouth College (2012), where he graduated with high honors for his thesis on Justus Lipsius' reception of Stoicism. He is also a graduate of UPenn's post-baccalaureate program in Classics (2013). Now in his second year, Peter joined the ancient philosophy joint-program in 2014. He is interested in questions of philosophy of mind, meta-ethics, and metaphysics both in ancient thought broadly and in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy particularly. His other research areas include didactic poetry, ancient science, and reception studies.

Sophia Taborski

Taborski

skt47@cornell.edu

  • Classical Archaeology

Sophia received her B. Phil. from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in Classics and History in 2015 with the thesis, "Not Just for the Birds: Augury and Archaic Attic Vase Painting."  This paper served as the basis for a presentation at Prophets and Profits, XVI UNISA Classics Colloquium in the summer of 2015. She is in her first year of the PhD program on the Classical Archaeology track and is interested in divination, materiality of ancient religion, and the interaction between object and text.  She is in the process of preparing a version of her undergraduate thesis, which she presented at Prophets and Profits, XVI UNISA Classics Colloquium in the summer of 2015, for publication.

Goran Vidović

Goran Vidovic

gv58@cornell.edu
Website

  • Classical Literature and Philology

Goran joined Cornell Classics in 2010, after a Classics B.A./M.A (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and a Medieval Studies M.A. (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary); an article based on his M.A.thesis is published in 2010 under the title "Dish to Cash, Cash to Ash: Mandrogerus the Applied Parasite and the Evolution of Comedy." The same year Goran also published a Serbian translation of the anonymous late antique comedy the Querolus with introduction and commentary. His other publications include Serbian translations of Menander's Epitrepontes (2006), and Cicero's Letters to Atticus, III (2013). Recently he finished an English translation of Elektra by Danilo Kiš (1969) and a conference paper on Sophocles and Aristophanes. His next projects are papers on Aeschylus' Oresteia and Plautus' Casina. Currently, he is working on completing his dissertation on metapoetry in Terence. His main research interests are ancient drama, metapoetry, allusion and intertextuality, Sallust and Tacitus.

Jonathan Warner

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jhw269@cornell.edu
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  • Ancient History

Jonathan Warner received a B.A. in Classics and History from the George Washington University in 2012 and an M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Georgia in 2014.  His Masters thesis, entitled "Vegetius' Epitoma rei militaris: Institutions, Rules, and Reception," focused on Vegetius' regulae bellorum generales, their function within the text, and their reception in Maurice's Strategikon.  A second-year student in the Ancient History track, Jonathan's research interests include Greek and Roman military history and literature, historiography, and late antiquity.