Molly Mata earned a BBA in Business Management at Angelo State University in 2009, and after working for several years in the property tax field, rediscovered her love of literature and language and completed a B.A. in Classical Studies and Humanities at UTSA in 2014. She then earned an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (with a Classics concentration) at the University of New Mexico in May 2018, and joined Rutgers Classics the 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. Molly participated in the American School for Classical Studies Summer Seminar "Finding the Spartans" in 2019, and has presented at CAMWS conferences (2016-2018) and Temple University's Consortium on Women and Healing (2019). Her research interests lie primarily in Greek poetry and drama, ancient medicine, Greek religion, and Roman comedy, and especially how these segments of ancient life and literary genres imagined the mind, body, and emotions.