Graduate Students

Ancient performances via literary and epigraphical sources

Ancient legal history; migration, citizenship and identity; cosmopolitanism; political philosophy; Plato, Xenophon and Cyrenaics.
7226 Dwinelle Hall
Th 2-3

literary form, metapoetics, psychoanalysis, critical theory
7224 Dwinelle Hall
Th, 10-12 [in person or via Zoom]

Sophie Cushman (she/her)

PhD Candidate

Aegean prehistory; Late Bronze Age; mortuary archaeology; identity, ethnicity, and material culture; state formation and social structure; administration; writing and literacy; cultural heritage

Greek language and literature, especially archaic poetry and Herodotus; phenomenology and ritualization; psychoanalysis.

Roman household archaeology; the production and use of crafts and textiles in the ancient world; 3D reconstruction and digital humanities projects. Dissertation is on the domestic assemblage from the Villa della Pisanella.

Maribelisa Gillespie (she/her)

Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology
7223 Dwinelle Hall
Fall 2023 Office Hours: TH 3:00 - 4:00pm, F 11:00am - 12:00pm, & by appointment

Aegean prehistory; trade and communication in the ancient Mediterranean basin; technology and innovation in prehistory; prehistoric writing systems; Greek archaeology and religion; digital humanities; public outreach.
7307 Dwinelle Hall
Office Hours: Th. 11:10-12:30, and by appointment

Justin Hudak

Ph.D. Candidate

Latin poetry and its reception
Dwinelle 7227
Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM, or by appointment.

Bioarchaeology; Aegean prehistory; mortuary archaeology; identity and embodiment

Interdisciplinary approaches utilizing material culture and literature; Enslaved people and Identity; Labor; Social History; Domestic Archaeology

Cecily Manson


Emily Mullin

PhD Candidate

conventions of lyric poetry; Augustan literature; narratology; speech representation
7222 Dwinelle Hall
Monday, 3-5 PM + by appointment

Greek and Roman tragedy; race, gender, and sexuality in drama and epic; ancient performance; choral bodies; materiality

Early Iron Age Greek Archaeology, Greek Colonization, Mobility, Trade, Pottery Studies, AutoCAD/GIS and Spatial Analysis

Ryan E. Reynolds

PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology
7226 Dwinelle (Spring 2024)
Monday 10:00-11:00, Thursday 10:00-10:45

My focus is on Ptolemaic Egypt and, more specifically, the development of Red Sea trade in the Hellenistic period. This principally involves the study of Hellenistic economies, especially their financial systems and mechanisms of long-distance trade, through papyrology, epigraphy, and numismatics. I am also interested in the role of climate and climate change on the development of Red Sea trade and Hellenistic economies more broadly.

Literary Eco-Criticism; Hellenistic Poetry; Post-Humanist Philosophy; Critical University Studies; History of Classics; Lucian

David Youd

Ph.D. Candidate
Dwinelle 7222
M 11-12, F 12-1.

Latin literature, Greek and Roman drama, Apuleius and the Ancient Novel

Critical theory (psychoanalysis, Frankfurt School, deconstruction, queer theory)