Graduate Students

0c5830c 4ccd1Molly Mata

Molly Mata completed a B.A. in Classical Studies and Humanities at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014. She joined Rutgers Classics in Fall 2018 after receiving an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (with a Classics concentration) at the University of New Mexico in May of that same year. Molly wrote her M.A. thesis, titled “Drama as Dream: Sophoclean Tragedy and the Cult of Asclepius,” on drama as a corresponding ritual to incubation in the cult of Asclepius, and argued that both rituals can be pursued for a cathartic experience of healing, as evidenced by philological explorations of manianosos, and erēmos and critical analysis of plot and setting in Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes. Molly presented a paper based on her research on Philoctetes at the CAMWS conference in 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario. She has also presented on Athenian political issues in Sophocles Antigone (CAMWS 2016) and the chronic pain of Seneca in his Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (CAMWS 2018). Her interests lie primarily in Greek poetry and drama, ancient medicine, Greek religion, and ancient conceptions of the mind, body, and emotions.

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Luke Madson joined the Classics department in 2018 after receiving his B.A. in Classics and History from Knox College and his M.A. in Classics from Villanova University. His research interests are broadly centered around archaic Greek history, ethnic identity, performative communities, and the formation of the city state.

Luke completed an undergraduate honors thesis on diachronic skewing and classical reception of archaic martial elegy; during his M.A. his work focused on Messenian ethnogenesis. Luke has written pieces for Eidolon and presented on problems of Messenian historiography at regional graduate conferences. He was the recipient of the Eta Sigma Phi Brent Malcom Froberg Scholarship to the ASCSA Summer Sessions in 2016. Thanks to generous support from the American Classical League McKinlay Scholarship, Luke completed coursework at CUNY’s Latin and Greek Summer Institute, and most recently received a Professional Development Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States which supported fieldwork at the Athenian Agora and the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project at ancient Eleon. In his free time, he fixes up bicycles and finds new trails to cycle through in New Jersey. profile 


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 Becca McGinn received her BA from Yale University in 2012. 

 Her research interests include Roman historiography and ancient conceptions of memory.  Thus far, she has presented in Greek Fest at   Columbia University.

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Emmanuel Aprilakis is a PhD candidate in Classics at Rutgers University. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Classical Studies from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College in 2015, where he wrote an honors thesis entitled "Human Suffering and the Question of the Gods' Justice on Lemnos and in Uz." Initially interested in using tragedy as a lens through which to examine Greek religion, Emmanuel has developed a deep interest in dramatic choral performance, which will be the focus of his dissertation. Mainly interested in Greek poetry, his broader research interests include ancient athletics, ancient diet, vase painting, sculpture, and museum ethics.

Emmanuel has presented his research at a variety of conferences both in the States, including the SCS and CAAS, and abroad, at Oxford and St. Andrews. At the annual meeting of the CAC in 2017, he received the award for best graduate paper for his work on the chorus of Menander’s Dyskolos. An avid traveler, Emmanuel was fortunate enough to spend the summer of 2016 at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with the generous support of the Ethel S. Cook Travel Scholarship and the ASCSA's Bert Hodge Hill Scholarship. At Rutgers, Emmanuel has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and ancient athletics.

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Steve Brandwood received his B.A. in Classics from Yale University in 2010. After his degree, Steve taught Latin, Greek, and English at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA and at the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. His research interests broadly include Greek and Roman literature and religion, centering on archaic Greek poetry. Steve has participated in Rutgers’ Latin and Greek Fest teams and is excited to talk to anyone about Rutgers Classics.

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Isaiah Clough earned his BA in Classics from the University of Arizona. He returned and completed his MA in Classics in 2010. His research interests include Greek and Latin poetry, especially epic and Latin love poetry, as well as the work of Petronius.

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Charles George is a Ph.D. candidate in Classics, writing his dissertation "Reconstructing Diogenes Laertius’ Pammetros" under the direction of Professor Timothy Power. He has a B.A. from Boston University (2007) and an M.A. from Rutgers (2010), both in Classics, and has completed a regular membership at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2011-2012). His interests are in Ancient Biography, History of Philosophy, and literature of the Second Sophistic.

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Rick Hale is a current PhD student in the department of Classics at Rutgers University. He studied Film Theory as an undergraduate, and holds a BA in Communication Arts (Radio/TV/Film Focus) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2012, he earned a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers.  His current research interests include Orphism and Greek Religion, Classics in Cinema and popular culture, numismatics, and education & rhetoric in the Ancient world.



Brian Hill

Brian Hill is a Ph.D. candidate in Classics at Rutgers University.  He earned his B.A. cum laude in Classics at Harvard University in 2011 and his M.Phil. in Classics at Trinity College Dublin in 2013.  He has presented his work at CAAS, CAMWS, and SCS annual meetings, as well as the Celtic Conference in Classics in Dublin, Ireland.  This summer he will be presenting a paper at the Symposium Cumanum at the Villa Vergiliana near Naples, Italy.  Brian’s primary research interests center on Latin literature, especially late Republican and Augustan poetry.  More broadly, Brian is interested in didactic poetry, the Sophists and Greek philosophy, ancient athletics, and the dynamics of power in Greece and Rome.  He wrote a Master’s thesis on failed persuasion and brute force in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  Currently, he is completing a dissertation analyzing the subtle changes in various recurrent images within Lucretius’ De rerum natura.  At Rutgers he has taught five terms of Latin courses at introductory and intermediate levels, as well as Roman Civilization.  Outside the classroom, ever mindful of Hesiod Op. 289-90, τῆς δ᾽ ἀρετῆς ἱδρῶτα θεοὶ προπάροιθεν ἔθηκαν | ἀθάνατοι, Brian remains an avid runner and crossword enthusiast in his spare time.

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Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Classical Studies from University of Massachusetts with Honors in 2009 and her M.A. from Tufts University in Classics in 2012. Her thesis was on religion in the fourth century AD. Her interests broadly include Greek and Roman historiography, Late Antiquity, epigraphy and archaeology.

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Nicole Nowbahar earned her B.A in English and Classics in 2014 from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Queens College. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, her thesis was on the concept of social justice in Rome. Her research interests include gender in antiquity and Roman social history. Thus far, she has presented in Latin Fest at New York University and Greek Fest at Rutgers University.