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As the lists below show, numerous PhDs from 2001-2013 have won tenured collegiate teaching positions, and a number of PhD’s from 2009-2017 are currently in tenure-track positions, though in recent years tenure-track jobs have been in short supply. Most recent PhDs have had one or more visiting positions as college instructors. Increasing numbers of PhDs have been teaching high school, either temporarily or as a career choice, and some are working outside of academia. In these tough times, no one starting a PhD program can be confident of having a chance at a tenure-track job teaching on the collegiate level. Still, we see the comparatively good record of our students in competing for jobs even during hard times, and the comments we receive from hiring departments about the preparation of our students who they interview, as an endorsement of the quality of our students’ training.

Additionally, you may look at our full list of Ph.D. dissertations and M.A. theses from 1894 to the present and our alphabetical list of all graduate alumni and their current positions. We encourage all former students to stay in touch with the department, letting us know how their careers and lives continue to develop.

The list gives the year of Ph.D. degree awarded, the student’s name, the dissertation title, the current position, and generally some information about positions before the current one. In each but one case “associate professor” refers to a tenured position.  For positions as assistant professor, those that are tenure-track are so marked.

College and University Teaching



NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Eric DugdaleProphecy and Power in Sophocles’ ElectraAssociate Provost and Dean of General Education in Provost's Office and Hanson-Peterson Professor of Liberal Studies in Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College
Keyne CheshireThe form and meaning of Callimachus' Hymns 1 and 2Professor of Classics, Davidson CollegeVisiting position, Carleton College
Matthew PancieraSexual practice and invective in Martial and Pompeian inscriptionsAssociate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, Gustavus Adolphus CollegeVisiting position, Hamilton College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Jeffrey BenekerThe Theme of Erotic Love in Plutarch's Late Republican LivesProfessor of Classics and Faculty Director of the Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin-MadisonVisiting positions, The University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin
Lora HollandWorshipping Diana: the cult of a Roman goddess in republican ItalyProfessor and Chair, Department of Classics, The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Bradley BuszardThe thematic unity of Plutarch's Pyrrhus-MariusAssociate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Christopher Newport UniversityVisiting positions, Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Kevin MuseWorthless Wastrels: Prodigals and Prodigality in Classical AntiquityAssociate Professor of Classics and Chair, Department of Foreign Languages & Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jonathan ClarkPagan religions in the works of JeromeNo current informationTaught at Christ Lutheran High School; Davenport, Iowa
Richard StanleyLiterary Constructions of Youth in the Early Empire: The Case of NeroTeaching at John Jay High School, San Antonio, TX Visiting and then tenure-track positions in Classics, Concordia College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Kathryn FiscelliPlants of Life and Death: An Examination of Three Plants Associated with the Cult of the DeadAssistant Director of Research Administration, UNC Eshelman School of PharmacyVisiting positions in Classics, Duke University
John H. Starks, Jr.Actresses in the Roman WorldAssociate Professor of Classics and Chair, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New YorkVisiting positions, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Agnes Scott College, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Shane HawkinsStudies in the Language of HipponaxDirector of the College of the Humanities and Associate Professor, Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Kathryn McDonnellA Gendered Landscape: Roman Women's Monuments, Patronage, and Urban Contexts in Pompeii, Isola Sacra, and AquileiaUpper School Latin Teacher and AP Art History faculty member, Pine Crest School, Boca Raton/Ft. Lauderdale FL Assistant Professor of Classics, The University of California, Los Angeles; Visiting positions, The College of Charleston and Cornell University
Norman SandridgeAmong Kings and Comrades: Jason's Leadership in the Argonautika of Apollonios RhodiosAssociate Professor of Classics, Howard University
Hunter GardnerThe Waiting Game: Gender and Time in Latin Love ElegyAssociate Professor of Classics, University of South CarolinaVisiting position, College of Charleston


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Walter McCallFalerii Novi and the Urban Evolution of Italy from 338 to 241 BCProject Officer with Archaeological Solutions Ltd., UKVisiting teaching positions, Saint Mary's University and Mount Allison University
Hilary BeckerProduction, Consumption and Society in North Etruria During the Archaic and Classical Periods: The World of Lars PorsennaAssistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, Binghamton University-SUNYTenure-track position, University of Mississippi; Visiting positions, College of William & Mary, Washington and Lee University, Oberlin College, and Davidson College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Jeffrey BeckerThe Building Blocks of Empire: Civic Architecture, Central Italy, and the Roman Middle RepublicVisiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Binghamton University-SUNYFixed-term instructor and Acting Director of Ancient World Mapping Center, UNC-CH; Visiting positions, College of William & Mary, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, Boston University, and McMaster University
Melissa EabyMortuary Variability in Early Iron Age Cretan BurialsAssistant Director of the Azoria Project (Crete)Research librarian and assistant to the director of the Institute of Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, 2008-2010


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Robert Vander PoppenRural Change and Continuity in Etruria: A Study of Village Communities from the 7th Century B.C. to the 1st Century A.D.Vice President, Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts, Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Archaeology and Classics Program coordinator, Rollins CollegeVisiting position at Rollins College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
David CarlisleKAI ONAP KAI Y∏AP: Dreaming in the Ancient NovelLecturer, University of ArizonaVisiting positions, Cornell College, Washington and Lee University, and Howard University
John HenkelWriting Poems on Trees: Genre and Metapoetics in Vergil’s Eclogues and GeorgicsAssociate Professor of Classics and General Studies, tenure-track, Classics Program coordinator, Georgetown CollegeAssistant professor, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Arum ParkTruth, Falsehood, and Reciprocity in Pindar and AeschylusAssistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, School of International Letters and Cultures, University of ArizonaFellowship, Amherst College; Visiting positions, Brigham Young University, University of Oklahoma, and Washington & Lee University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Erika Zimmerman DamerThe Female Body in Latin Love PoetryAssociate Professor of Classics and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Richmond
Mark MashHumor and Ethnography in Herodotus' HistoriesLatin teacher, Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC, winner of Lessville Road High School Teacher of the Year Award, 2016 and school webmaster.
Christopher PoltCatullus and Roman Dramatic LiteratureAssociate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Boston CollegeVisiting position, Carleton College; tenure-track position, University of South Florida
C. Sydnor RoyPolitical Relativism: Implicit Political Theory in Herodotus' HistoriesAssistant Professor, Texas Tech UniversityVisiting assistant professor, Haverford College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Elizabeth M. GreeneWomen and Families in the Auxiliary Military Communities of the Roman West in the First and Second Centuries A.D.Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario
Derek Smith KeyserHorror in Euripides' Hecuba and HeraclesInstructor, UNC-GreensboroInstructor positions, Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill
Daniel MooreEarthen Architecture and Technological Change at Poggio CivitateAssistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Indiana State UniversityVisiting positions, Northern Arizona University, Carleton College, and Southern Illinois University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
T.H.M.Gellar-GoadLucretius’ De Rerum Natura and SatireAssociate Professor, Department of Classical Languages, Wake Forest University
David Wiltshire'Hopeful Joy’: A Study of Laetus in Vergil’s AeneidFinancial Team Counselor, Duke University StaffSpecialist for DukeReach and Parent and Family Programs, Duke University; Masters in Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Wolfram ThillCultural Constructions: Depictions of Architecture in Roman State ReliefsAssistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of World Languages and Cultures; Director, program in Classical Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Elizabeth C. RobinsonThe Impact of Roman Expansion in Central-Southern Italy: The Case of LarinumAssociate Professor of Classics - Art & Architecture, and Assistant Dean for Academics, Due Santi Rome Campus of the University of DallasTenure-track position, SUNY-Binghamton; Assistant professor position, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Serena S. WitzkeReading Greek and Roman New Comedy through Oscar Wilde's Society PlaysVisiting position, Wesleyan UniversityVisiting positions, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Wake Forest University, and Ohio Wesleyan University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
John E. EspositoHetaireia in HomerLecturer, UNC Chapel HillLecturer, UNC Greensboro; Worked in Information Technology, including as Digital Consultant for Sunoiksis, Center for Hellenic Studies
Rebecca WorshamDiscontinuous Houses, Settlement Structures, and Social Organization in Late Early Helladic and Middle Helladic GreeceAssistant Professor in Classical Languages & Literatures, Smith College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Rex CrewsThe Handbooks De Officio Proconsulis: Authorship and AudienceInstructor of Classical Studies, Duke University
Hans J. HansenPindar’s Isthmian 6: A Commentary and Literary StudyVisiting Assistant Professor, Wesleyan UniversityAdjunct teaching, Elon University; Visiting Assistant Professor, Amherst College
Robyn Le BlancThe Public Sacred Identity of Roman AscalonAssistant Professor, UNC GreensboroAdjunct teaching, UNC Greensboro
Erika L. WeibergThe Trauma at Home: Wives of Returning Veterans in Greek TragedyAssistant Professor, Duke UniversityAssistant Professor, tenure-track, Florida State University
Zackary P. RiderCaelum Ascendit Ratio: The Divinizing Role of Knowledge in Didactic Poetry from Hesiod to ManiliusInstructor of Latin, University of South CarolinaAdjunct teaching position, Juniata College
Katherine De BoerDeath and the Female Body in Homer, Vergil, and OvidTeaching Professor, Classics, Xavier UniversityVisiting Assistant professor, Indiana University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Daniel SchindlerLate Roman and Byzantine Galilee: A Provincial Case Study from the Perspective of the Imported and Common PotteryInstructor, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, Texas Tech UniversityAdjunct Instructor, Elon University
Tedd WimperisCultural Memory and Constructed Ethnicity in Vergil's AeneidAssistant Professor, Elon UniversityAdjunct teaching, Elon University
Jessica Lauren WiseGender, Rhetoric, Authority: Ovid's Fasti and Augustan Thought on WomenVisiting lecturer, Wellesley CollegeVisiting assistant, professor position, Colorado College


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Catharine Elizabeth JudsonProtogeometric and Geometric Crete2-year Marie Curie Fellowship at the Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine, Université libre de BruxellesVisiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Stockton University


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Emma Nicole BuckinghamIdentity and Material Culture in the Interplay of Locals and Greek Settlers in Sicily in the Early Archaeic PeriodVisiting Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Missouri
Cicek Tascioglu BeebySpatial Narratives of Mortuary Landscapes in Early Iron Age GreeceJoukowsky post-doc, Brown; Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU
Keith Penich Vision and Narrative in Apollonius' ArgonauticaVisiting lecturer, UNC Chapel Hill


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Brian McPheeBlessed Heroes: Apollonius' Argonautica and the Homeric HymnsVisiting Assistant Professor, Classical Studies, Indiana University
Matthew SchuellerPublic Entertainment Venues as Urban Network Actors in Roman Macedonia and ThraceAdjunct position in Classical Studies, William and Mary 2021-22


NameDissertation TitleCurrent Position(s)Previous Position(s)
Nathan SmolinChrist the Emperor: Roman Emperor and Christian Theology in the 4th Century ADTeaching Assistant Professor of Classics and Director of the Elementary Latin Program, UNC Chapel Hill
Hannah SorscherUnconventional Families in Roman ComedyTeaching at Tübingen, Germany
Emma WarhoverHumor in the Historical Works of TacitusCultural Program Coordinator, Classics Department, Colorado College

High School Teaching

We do not accept students seeking a terminal M.A., but some leave after completing a master’s degree. Many of those students move on to teach high school. Some doctoral students who are in the process of writing their dissertations also teach high school, pursuing this either as a temporary position, or as a career. We include a list of such students below. Students interested in earning a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Latin may do so through UNC’s School of Education.

Richard Davis Jr., M.A. 2001Head of Classical and Modern Languages Department, instructor in Classics, The Hotchkiss School
Jonathan Clark, Ph.D. 2003Taught at Christ Lutheran High School, Davenport, Iowa
Chris Cudabac, M.A. 2004Latin teacher, Myers Park High School; after teaching Charlotte (N.C.) Latin High School and high school in Raleigh, N.C.
Matt Henstridge, M.A. 2003Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jennifer Gray Palmore Hoffman, M.A. 2002Latin teacher, East Chapel Hill High School
Amanda Mathis, A.B.D. 2008Hill Country Christian School of Austin (Texas); also taught at Baylor University, 2008-2010
Sean Mathis, passed master’s exams in 2006Head of Latin department at Hill Country Christian School of Austin (Texas), after teaching high school in Raleigh, N.C.
Mark Mash, Ph.D. 2010Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, N.C.
Carrie Mash, A.B.D. 2005Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, N.C.
Mary Draper, A.B.D. 2004St. Thomas More Academy, Raleigh, N.C. 2004-2012 (currently completing her dissertation)
Andrew Spencer, M.A. 2009Providence High School, Charlotte, N.C.
Derick Alexandre, A.B.D. 2010Hill (High) School, Pottstown Pa.; also taught at St. Anselm’s College
Cameron Paterson, M.A. 2008Stratford Academy, Macon Ga.
Sarah Landis, M.A. 2009Mt. Carmel Academy, New Orleans La.
Jetta Peterkin, M.A. 2010Blair Middle School and Ruffner Academy, Norfolk Va.
Patrick Dombrowski, A.B.D. 2015Enloe High School, Raleigh, N.C.
Pablo Molina, 2016, Ph.D. Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Elizabeth Artemis Clark, 2017, Ph.D. Lakewood Montessori Middle School, Durham, NC
Will Begley, 2018, Ph.D.Thales Academy, Rolesville, NC
John Benjamin Beeby, 2019, Ph.D. Thales Academy
Andrew Ficklin, 2021, Ph.D.Trinity School of Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C.
Kelly McArdle, 2021, Ph.D.Excelsior Classical Academy, Durham, N.C.

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