Current Graduate Students

Emily AustinAustin, Emily: Emily Austin is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Studies.  She is writing her dissertation on pothe in the Iliad, looking at how this force of longing uniquely describes Achilles’ grief for Patroklos and thereby helps us understand the relationship between his grief and his vast anger.  Professor Stephen Scully is the first reader for her dissertation.  In March she gave a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of New England, entitled “Grief as Pothos: Understanding the Anger of Achilles.”  Her other academic interests include Livy as a narrative historian, ancient philosophy, and the Classical tradition.  Her recent teaching experience includes a writing course on concepts of the hero in antiquity and the present day, with a particular focus on heroes in the Iliad.  Emily came to BU from the University of Dallas, where she learned to love great books and good conversation.

Bethie's photoBaxter, Elizabeth: Bethie entered the doctoral program at Boston University after earning her BA and MA in Classics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Her main research interests include Archaic Greek lyric poetry and the Augustan poets, and she recently completed a special topic on Ovid’s letters from exile.  While at BU she has worked as a teaching fellow for courses on Greek and Roman civilization and Roman history, and also for a course in the Kilachand Honors College; she has also taught a course on reading Latin poetry.  Bethie is currently enjoying teaching Beginning Latin and is developing a prospectus for a dissertation on Pindar and Horace and their metaphors for poetic inspiration and creation.

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Blandino, Peter: Peter is currently developing a dissertation topic on the chorus in Euripidean tragedy; he also presently teaches an intermediate Greek course using Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe as the primary text. Peter’s academic interests range widely, but tend to focus on Greek poetry from Homeric epic through the classical period; in Latin literature he has worked on Augustan poetry as well as historiography and rhetoric, and at the 2012 APA meeting he delivered a paper entitled “Laetitia and libertas in Livy’s First Pentad.” Since then, Peter participated in the ASCSA 2013 summer program in Athens, and co-organized BU’s 2014 graduate student conference,  “Death and Mortality in the Ancient World.”

UnknownDixon, Dustin: Dustin, a Ph.D. candidate, is currently completing his dissertation, directed by Jeffrey Henderson, “Myth-making in Greek and Roman Comedy,” a study of how comic poets helped to shape Greek mythology. He plans to defend his dissertation in spring 2015, when he will hold a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship from the Boston University Center for the Humanities. His research interests include Greek poetry, Greek and Roman drama (especially fragmentary tragedy and comedy), and mythology. His recent work includes an article proposing a new reconstruction of Euripides’ Bellerophon, and his interest in fragmentary comedy has led him to study at the University of Freiburg in the summers of 2012 and 2013. In October 2014, he presented a paper “Comic Poets as Authorities on Myth” at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to being a Teaching Fellow for undergraduate lecture courses in the department and the Honors College, Dustin has taught freshman writing seminars as well as Greek and Latin language courses. He earned an M.A. in Classical Studies from BU and a B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, he spent the fall 2006 semester at the Centro in Rome.

DSC00559Driskill, Daniel: Daniel completed a BA in History at California State University East Bay in 2009, and an MA in History at San Diego State University in 2013, for which he wrote a thesis on the urban-rural divide in fifth century Athens. Daniel’s primary research interests are in Greek history and ancient historiography, but he is also interested in early Christianity, the epicureans, European pre-history, and the intersection of ancient and modern political theory. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, keeping up on world events, and getting to know the Boston area.

unnamedFerguson, James: Jim is a part-time PhD student in Classics and a full-time Latin teacher at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MA. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he earned his BA in Philosophy, focusing primarily on Hellenistic philosophy, especially Epicurus. Jim completed his MAT and MA at Boston University and is currently researching and writing his prospectus on Tertullian’s De Spectaculis. His main interests include Late Antiquity and the early Church (especially Tertullian / North Africa), Greek and Roman political / rhetorical theory, the classical tradition and Joseph Conrad, Irish literary culture, and themes in colonialism and empire.

Fisher, Rachel: Rachel is a senior graduate student in Classical Studies. At present, she is writing for her dissertation on mortal women as voices of counsel in Homer’s Iliad under the supervision of Professor Scully. Rachel’s areas of interest include Homer, ancient fiction, Latin poetry, and the reception of the Classics in the English language. In addition to assisting as a teaching fellow in several undergraduate lecture courses (CL101, 102, 213, and 221), Rachel has also taught a number of stand alone courses: first and second semester elementary Latin; intermediate Latin prose; intermediate Latin poetry; “The World of Rome,” a lecture course on Roman civilization; and has taught two years for Boston University’s Writing Program, which introduces freshmen to college level writing through topical seminars. Her writing program courses included: “Greeks Telling Tales” on questions of truth, lies, history, and fiction, focusing mainly on Homer’s Odyssey, Herodotus’ Histories, and the True Histories and How to Write History by Lucian of Samosata; and “Love, War, and the Sea: Man and Community in the Odyssey,” which closely investigated relations between characters in the Odyssey.

LaurieGlennGlenn, Laurie: Laurie Hutcheson, a PhD candidate, is writing her dissertation on reported speech in the Iliad. Her other research interests include the reception and translation of Classical texts, Italian Renaissance studies, ancient philosophy, and epic style. She received her B. A. from Boston University in 2005, with a major concentration in Ancient Greek and Latin and a minor in Italian. She has taken courses at the Università di Padova in Italy, has attended several spoken Latin conventicula at the University of Kentucky, and has studied with Reginald Foster, one of the Pope’s Latin secretaries. Inspired by some of her own wonderful teachers, Laurie developed a passion for teaching. From 2005 to 2013, she taught all levels of Greek and Latin at BU Academy, where she created a Latin curriculum based exclusively on unmodified texts. These days, she continues to teach when she can—both Latin at the Paideia Institute’s Living Latin in Rome High School program and writing courses at Boston University.

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Jeng, I-Kai: After finishing a BA in Accounting and writing his MA thesis on German phenomenology (both at National Taiwan University), I-Kai realized that the Greeks are his true life companions and came to BU. Currently in his sixth year in the dual-degree program (MA Classics / PhD Philosophy), he is preparing for his Greek Lit exam and writing his prospectus, which focuses on Plato’s Sophist. His research interest, broadly speaking, concerns the relation between metaphysics and political/ethical thought in Plato and Aristotle. Besides classical prose writers and Homer, he also enjoys Kierkegaard, origami, photography, and watching Federer play tennis.

Amanda JarvisJarvis, Amanda: Amanda graduated in 2012 from Hofstra University, where she earned her BA in Classics and also completed a minor in Religious Studies. She is is her third year of study in the Classics program at BU, and is currently the teaching fellow for CL 221, “Ancient Greek History.” Amanda has also given papers at McMaster University, on Artwork in Ovid and Vergil, and at CANE, on Sense Perception in Ovid and Cicero.


Levy, Julie: Julie received her MA in Classical Philology at Tufts University in 2012 and her BA in Classical Civilizations and East Asian Literature from Wesleyan University in 2007.  She has given a paper on women in Statius’ Thebaid at CANE 2013 and a paper on Greekness in Ovid’s Fasti at CAMWS 2013.  Particular areas of academic interest include comparative studies in history, linguistics, and literature.

LibatiqueLibatique, Daniel: Daniel is a third-year graduate student in the Classics department, after completing a BA in Classics and Theatre at the College of the Holy Cross in 2010 and an MA in the Humanities at NYU in 2012. His main interests include Greek tragedy, namely Sophocles; Ovid and Augustan poetry; performance and reception theory; gender politics; and meter and colometry. Previous projects include a capstone at Holy Cross wherein he translated, designed, and directed a production of Sophocles¹ Ajax; also, he wrote his thesis at NYU on the performance and subversion of gender norms in the Ajax. He has presented papers at conferences from the graduate to faculty and regional levels on Medea in Ovid¹s Metamorphoses, Tecmessa in Sophocles¹ Ajax, speech and silence in Sophocles¹ Ajax, and the Proclamation Speech in Sophocles¹ Oedipus Tyrannos. He has acted as T.F. for Greek History (Fall 2013) and World of Rome (Spring and Fall 2014). In his spare time, he is an avid competitive ballroom dancer, as evidenced by the photo you see to the left.


Liu, Tong: Tong graduated in 2014 from Denison University, where he earned his BA in Classics and also completed a BA in Economics. Areas of academic interests include: comparative literature between Augustan poets and Han Chinese fu writers, comparative history between the Roman empire and Han Chinese empire, as well as comparative mythology. Tong is a first-year student in the Classics program at BU. Tong is going to give a talk titled “The Erotic Door: Paraclausithyron in Horace’s Odes and Sima Xiangru’s Rhapsody of the Long Gate” in UCLA in February, 2015.

611920Lopes, Jesse: Jesse graduated with a BA in Classics, and a BA in Philosophy, summa cum laude, in 2013. Currently enrolled in the dual-degree program (MA in Classics / PhD in Philosophy), Jesse’s main research interests lie in ancient philosophy, particularly in the philosophical thought of the Platonic and Neo-Platonic traditions, as well as Stoicism. Jesse’s favorite ancient authors, moreover, are Plato & Seneca, and when he is not able to read them, he composes music on the piano.



Mower, Karen: Karen Mower entered the Classical Studies Department in 2010. She completed a MA in Classical Archaeology at Tufts University in 2005, where she received the Sarah Plummer Memorial Prize, and a BA in Classics at Saint Anselm College in 2002, graduating magna cum laude. Karen has excavated in Rome, Crete, and Poggio Civitate (Murlo).  She currently is studying the Ancient Novel in preparation for her Special Topic examination. Her other academic interests include Roman poetry, particularly Latin love elegy, all things Ovid, and Christian literature, from Tertullian to the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles.

Pang Pang, Colin: I am a fourth-year graduate student in the department of classics. My interests range from archaic Greek lyric to the Classical Tradition in modern poetry. Whenever I can, I spend time out of doors, hopefully beside or in a body of water. Last year I won the Humanities Award at Scholars Day, a symposium of graduate student research administered by the BU Provost’s Office, for my paper, “Notions of Masculinity in Catullus and Eminem.”  This year I am giving a paper at CAMWS-SS Fredericksburg, VA, entitled, “Grief, Mythos, and the Poetics of Reunion in theOdyssey.”  At present I am doing research for my dissertation prospectus on Greek epic under the Roman Empire.

10565004_10103482802552610_289371738244547695_nShaw, Carson:Carson received his MA in Classical Languages in 2014 at the University of Georgia, where he also earned a BA in Greek and a BA in Philosophy in 2012. Areas of academic interest include: Greek philosophy, in particular Plato and the development of Neo-Platonism down to the Emperor Julian, the political thought of Cicero, and the historical writings of Tacitus and Ammianus Marcellinus. When not studying the Classics he is most likely reading about 19th century German philosophy or the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Carson is a first-year student in the Classics program at BU.

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West, David: David’s dissertation prospectus, a work in progress, treats of Cicero’s engagement across multiple genres with Epicurean political detachment.  Research interests include Latin prose, especially Cicero’s theoretical works; Roman rhetoric, philosophy, and political thought; Plato; philosophical poetics in Lucretius and Vergil; Greek drama, particularly the reception of Aeschylus in subsequent tragedy and comedy; Augustine and the Latin classics; Dante and the epic tradition.  Conference presentations include “De Legibus: Cicero as Scipio and the Problem of the Excluded Philosophic Statesman” (CAMWS Annual Meeting, April 2014) and “The Rhetoric of Cicero’s Laudatio Sapientiae: de Legibus 1.58-62” (SCS Annual Meeting, January 2015).  He has taught four college courses in Latin language at the Elementary and Intermediate level and served as Teaching Fellow for Classics courses in translation.  He holds M.A. degrees in Humanities (University of Dallas, 2011) and Classical Studies (Boston University, 2014).  His B.A. is in Politics (University of Dallas, 2004); he graduated first in his class and summa cum laude, and won the Willmoore Kendall Award in Political Philosophy.  He has studied abroad in Rome and in Arras, and enjoys conversing in French and Italian.

Michael WheelerWheeler, Michael: Michael Wheeler is a PhD candidate working on a dissertation titled Invective-free Iambos and Uniambic Invective: Catullus and the Iambic Tradition (with first reader Professor Johnson).  His research interests include invective, gender, meter, and Greek and Latin poetry, particularly iambos.  He received a BA and MA from the University of Florida, with a thesis on gendered space in Euripidean tragedy.  He was the Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Classical Studies for 2011-2012, and has taught standalone courses in first-year Latin, Latin poetry (Catullus, Vergil, & Ovid), and Roman Civ.  He has also led discussion sections for Greek Civ and Roman Civ (as well as serving as a teaching fellow for Roman History and Greek & Roman Mythology).  He has worked as an editorial assistant at the IJCT, has participated in the UF Summer Institutes on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and Ovid’s Fasti, was a coordinator for the 2nd Annual Boston University Graduate Student Conference, “Ancient Chimeras: Composite Creatures, Cultures, and Genres,” and has presented a paper titled “What to do about Suffenus? Metrical Clues in Catullus c. 22″ at the Brandeis University Graduate Student Conference (“Pride and Prejudice: Difference and Distinction in the Ancient Mediterranean”) in April 2014.  He was once in a student film based on Thornton Wilder’s Alcestiad.

Wysocki, BeckyWysocki, Rebekah: Becky is a third-year doctoral candidate, who is currently finishing exams and classes. Her main interest is Latin literature during the empire, particularly the Neronian Age. She received her BFA in theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Teaching: Latin I (2012); TA: Myth (2010); Greek Civ (2011); Roman Civ (2011, 2012); Ancient Warfare (2012).


Zeigler, Deana: Deana Zeigler earned a B.A. in Classical Languages and English from the College of Charleston in 2006.  She earned an M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Georgia in 2008 where she completed a thesis examining the complexities of Clytemnestra and Electra’s relationship in Attic tragedy.  Deana began graduate studies at BU in 2009, and her primary research interests include Hellenistic Greek poetry, the Homeric Hymns, and feminist theory. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Demeter, Persephone, and Generational Struggle in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter” with Professor Stephen Scully as her first reader. In her free time, she is teaching herself to play the banjo, and she also volunteers her time fostering kittens for the MSPCA.