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Becca McGinn Rebecca McGinn

 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.

Emmanuel Aprilakis v1Emmanuel Aprilakis

Emmanuel Aprilakis earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Classical Studies in 2015 from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College. His honors thesis, entitled "Human Suffering and the Question of the Gods' Justice on Lemnos and in Uz," examined theodicy and how it was treated variously in Greek and Judeo-Christian literature, especially in the stories of Philoctetes and Job. Emmanuel is mainly interested in Greek literature and religion with a focus on Attic drama (especially tragedy). His broader research interests include ancient epic, comparative mythology, ancient athletics, vase painting, sculpture, and museum ethics. Emmanuel presented at LatinFest in the Spring of 2016 and spent the summer 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.

Aaron BeckSchachter v1Aaron Beck-Schachter

Aaron joined the Rutgers Classics department in 2010 after receiving his MA in Classics at San Fransisco State University. Aaron's scholarly interests include Attic Drama, Greek Literature and Religion, Images and Cult Icons. He is currently writing his dissertation, The Goddess on Parade: Mobile Cult Icons in Archaic and Classical Greece. This dissertation represents a multi-disciplinary approach using a variety of epigraphic, literacy and archaeological sources from antiquity, alongside two late Euripidean plays, Iphigenia among the Tauriansand and the Helen.

Aaron was a Regular member of the Americal School for Classical Studies at Athens (Fowler Merle-Smith Fellow, 2013-14), and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Summer Study Grants and Rutgers University's Valergakis Fellowship. He is currently a fellow of the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute.

Brandwood photo v1Steve Brandwood

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.

Clough photo v1Isaiah Clough

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.

George v1Charles George

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.

RickHale v1Rick Hale

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.

Hershkowitz Photo v1Aaron Hershkowitz

Bio: Aaron Hershkowitz is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Classics at Rutgers New Brunswick. He conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received dual degrees in Classical Languages and Literature and English Literature in 2009. He is currently at work on his dissertation, which explores demagogic politicians and political leadership in Imperial Athens. One of his major projects involves using a modern spreadsheet program to statistically analyze Athenian financial inscriptions. He presented the initial results of his analysis at a panel on Athenian hegemonic finances at the Celtic Conference in Classics at the University of Edinburgh in 2010, and a considerably more advanced version is forthcoming as a chapter in a collection of the papers of the panel, to be published by the Classical Press of Wales. Aaron spent the 2014-2015 academic year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in Greece with the generous support of the Fulbright Foundation, continuing his work both on his dissertation and his epigraphic pursuits.



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.

Mellen Rutgers v1Elizabeth Mellen

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.

Nowbahar Phot v1Nicole Nowbahar

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.

wallace tree v1Ella Wallace

B.A. and M.A. in Classics, University of Washington, Seattle

Areas of Interest: Music, Magic, Meter, Lexicography, The natural world in literature, Augustan poetry

DavidWrightphoto v1David Wright

David Wright is a PhD candidate in Classics at Rutgers University. He earned his BA in Classics in 2008 from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After teaching Latin at all levels at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, he completed an MA degree in Classical Philology at the University of Arizona, where he wrote a master’s thesis on the language of piracy and banditry surrounding the Trojans in the Aeneid. Since joining Rutgers, David has been awarded an MPhil. He was also selected for the Newark Teacher Scholar Program, in which he joined the faculty of Newark’s History department with a 2-2 course load. He has taught languages courses (both Latin and Greek), as well as civilization courses ranging from Roman Civilization to Greek & Roman Athletics to Greek & Roman Religion.

His research interests include Latin poetry (especially Augustan) and Greco-Roman history. He currently is writing a dissertation on the Giants, Titans, and their association with civil strife in ancient Rome. He helped edit the Latin reader, Legends of Early Rome: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student (Yale University Press, 2015). He has two forthcoming chapters to appear in edited volumes: the “Anna, Water, and her Imminent Deification in Aeneid 4” chapter in Uncovering Anna Perenna: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Roman Myth and History (Bloomsbury Press); and “Sextus Pompey, Scylla, and the Italian Cause” in Coinage of the Roman Revolution (Classical Press of Wales).

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