As the list below shows, nine graduates from 2001-2005 have received tenure, and we expect others to receive tenure soon. Only a few Ph.D. graduates from 2001 onward do not have teaching positions. We see this record of success, along with 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 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


Eric Dugdale Prophecy and Power in Sophocles’ Electra Associate Provost and Dean of General Education in Provost’s Office and Hanson-Peterson Professor of Liberal Studies in Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College
Keyne Cheshire The form and meaning of Callimachus’ Hymns 1 and 2 Professor of Classics, Davidson College; previously held a visiting position at Carleton College
Matthew Panciera Sexual practice and invective in Martial and Pompeian inscriptions Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Gustavus Adolphus College; previously held a visiting position at Hamilton College


Jeffrey Beneker The Theme of Erotic Love in Plutarch’s Late Republican Lives Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, University of Wisconsin; held visiting positions at The University of Iowa and at University of Wisconsin
Lora Holland Worshipping Diana: the cult of a Roman goddess in republican Italy Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Bradley Buszard The thematic unity of Plutarch’s Pyrrhus-Marius Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Christopher Newport University; had visiting positions at Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University


Kevin Muse Worthless Wastrels: Prodigals and Prodigality in Classical Antiquity Associate Professor of Classics and Chair, Department of Foreign Languages & Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jonathan Clark Pagan religions in the works of Jerome No current information; has taught at Christ Lutheran High School in Davenport, Iowa
Richard Stanley Literary Constructions of Youth in the Early Empire: The Case of Nero Teaching at John Jay High School, San Antonio, TX after visiting and then tenure-track positions in Classics at Concordia College


Kathryn Fiscelli Plants of Life and Death: An Examination of Three Plants Associated with the Cult of the Dead Assistant Director of Research Administration, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; previously held visiting positions in Classics at Duke University
John H. Starks, Jr. Actresses in the Roman World Associate Professor of Classics and Chair, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York, after holding visiting positions at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Agnes Scott College, and The University of North Carolina  at Greensboro
Shane Hawkins Studies in the Language of Hipponax Associate Professor, Greek and Roman Studies, Carleton University


Kathryn McDonnell A Gendered Landscape: Roman Women’s Monuments, Patronage, and Urban Contexts in Pompeii, Isola Sacra, and Aquileia Assistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, The University of California, Los Angeles, after holding visiting positions at The College of Charleston and Cornell University
Norman Sandridge Among Kings and Comrades: Jason’s Leadership in the Argonautika of Apollonios Rhodios Associate Professor of Classics, Howard University
Hunter Gardner The Waiting Game: Gender and Time in Latin Love Elegy Associate Professor of Classics, University of South Carolina, after holding a visiting position at College of Charleston


Walter McCall Falerii Novi and the Urban Evolution of Italy from 338 to 241 BC Project Officer with Archaeological Solutions Ltd., UK, after visiting teaching positions at Saint Mary’s University and Mount Allison University
Hilary Becker Production, Consumption and Society in North Etruria During the Archaic and Classical Periods: The World of Lars Porsenna Assistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, Binghamton University-SUNY, after tenure-track position at the University of Mississippi, and visiting positions at College of William & Mary, Washington and Lee University, Oberlin College, Davidson College


Jeffrey Becker The Building Blocks of Empire: Civic Architecture, Central Italy, and the Roman Middle Republic Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Binghamton University-SUNY, after Fixed-term instructor and Acting Director of Ancient World Mapping Center, UNC-CH, visiting positions at College of William & Mary, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, Boston University, and McMaster University
Melissa Eaby Mortuary Variability in Early Iron Age Cretan Burials Assistant Director of the Azoria Project (Crete); previously was a research librarian and assistant to the director of the Institute of Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, 2008-2010


Robert Vander Poppen Rural Change and Continuity in Etruria: A Study of Village Communities from the 7th Century B.C. to the 1st Century A.D. Associate Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Archaeology Program coordinator, and Department Chair, Rollins College; previously held a visiting position at Rollins College


David Carlisle KAI ONAP KAI Y∏AP: Dreaming in the Ancient Novel Lecturer, University of Arizona, after visiting positions at Cornell College, Washington and Lee University, and Howard University
John Henkel Writing Poems on Trees: Genre and Metapoetics in Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics Associate Professor of Classics and General Studies, tenure-track, Classics Program coordinator, Georgetown College; previously was an assistant professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Arum Park Truth, Falsehood, and Reciprocity in Pindar and Aeschylus Assistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, School of International Letters and Cultures, University of Arizona, after a fellowship at Amherst College and visiting positions at Brigham Young University, University of Oklahoma and Washington & Lee University


Erika Zimmerman Damer The Female Body in Latin Love Poetry Associate Professor of Classics and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Richmond
Mark Mash Humor and Ethnography in Herodotus’ Histories Latin teacher, Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, NC, winner of Lessville Road High School Teacher of the Year Award, 2016 and school webmaster.
Christopher Polt Catullus and Roman Dramatic Literature Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Classical Studies, Boston College, after a visiting position at Carleton College and a tenure-track position at the University of South Florida
C. Sydnor Roy Political Relativism: Implicit Political Theory in Herodotus’ Histories Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, after Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College


Elizabeth M. Greene Women 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 Keyser Horror in Euripides’ Hecuba and Heracles Visiting instructor, UNC-Greensboro, after instructor positions at Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill
Daniel Moore Earthen Architecture and Technological Change at Poggio Civitate Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Indiana State University, after visiting positions at Northern Arizona University, Carleton College, and Southern Illinois University


T.H.M.Gellar-Goad Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and Satire Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Classical Languages, Wake Forest University, 2012-2015
David Wiltshire ‘Hopeful Joy’: A Study of Laetus in Vergil’s Aeneid Staff Specialist for DukeReach and Parent and Family Programs, Duke University, after Masters in Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Wolfram Thill Cultural Constructions: Depictions of Architecture in Roman State Reliefs Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Director, program in Classical Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Elizabeth C. Robinson The Impact of Roman Expansion in Central-Southern Italy: The Case of Larinum Assistant Professor of Classics, tenure-track, and Assistant Dean for Academics, Due Santi Rome Campus of the University of Dallas, after a tenure-track position at SUNY-Binghamton and an assistant professor position at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome


Serena S. Witzke Reading Greek and Roman New Comedy through Oscar Wilde’s Society Plays Visiting position, Wesleyan University, after visiting positions at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Wake Forest University and Ohio Wesleyan University


John E. Esposito Hetaireia in Homer Lecturer at UNC Greensboro, after working in Information Technology, including as Digital Consultant for Sunoiksis, Center for Hellenic Studies
Rebecca Worsham Discontinuous Houses, Settlement Structures, and Social Organization in Late Early Helladic and Middle Helladic Greece Visiting Assistant Professor, Smith College


Rex Crews The Handbooks De Officio Proconsulis: Authorship and Audience Instructor of Classical Studies, Duke University
Hans J. Hansen Pindar’s Isthmian 6: A Commentary and Literary Study Adjunct teaching, Elon University
Robyn Le Blanc The Public Sacred Identity of Roman Ascalon Adjunct teaching, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Pablo Molina Paul in Rome: A Case Study on the Formation and Transmission of Traditions Teaching at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts
Erika L. Weiberg The Trauma at Home: Wives of Returning Veterans in Greek Tragedy Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Florida State University
Zackary P. Rider Caelum Ascendit Ratio: The Divinizing Role of Knowledge in Didactic Poetry from Hesiod to Manilius Visiting Instructor, University of South Carolina, after Adjunct teaching position, Juniata College
Katherine De Boer Simons Death and the Female Body in Homer, Vergil, and Ovid Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University


Elizabeth Artemis Clark The Chronicle of Novalese: Translation, Text, and Literary Analysis Latin teacher, Lakewood Montessori Middle School, Durham, NC after teaching at Cedar Ridge High School, Hillsborough, nC
Daniel Schindler Late Roman and Byzantine Galilee: A Provincial Case Study from the Perspective of the Imported and Common Pottery Adjunct Instructor, Elon University
Tedd Wimperis Cultural Memory and Constructed Ethnicity in Vergil’s Aeneid Adjunct Instructor, Elon University

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 as 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. 2001 Head of Classical and Modern Languages Department, instructor in Classics, The Hotchkiss School
Jonathan Clark, Ph.D. 2003 Taught at Christ Lutheran High School, Davenport, Iowa
Chris Cudabac, M.A. 2004 Charlotte (N.C.) Latin High School, after teaching high school in Raleigh, N.C.
Matt Henstridge, M.A. 2003 Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jennifer Gray Palmore Hoffman, M.A. 2002 Latin teacher, East Chapel Hill High School
Amanda Mathis, A.B.D. 2008 Hill Country Christian School of Austin (Texas); also taught at Baylor University, 2008-2010
Sean Mathis, passed master’s exams in 2006 Head of Latin department at Hill Country Christian School of Austin (Texas), after teaching high school in Raleigh, N.C.
Mark Mash, Ph.D. 2010 Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, N.C.
Carrie Mash, A.B.D. 2005 Leesville Road High School, Raleigh, N.C.
Mary Draper, A.B.D. 2004 St. Thomas More Academy, Raleigh, N.C. 2004-2012 (currently completing her dissertation)
Andrew Spencer, M.A. 2009 Providence High School, Charlotte, N.C.
Derick Alexandre, A.B.D. 2010 Hill (High) School, Pottstown Pa.; also taught at St. Anselm’s College
Cameron Paterson, M.A. 2008 Stratford Academy, Macon Ga.
Sarah Landis, M.A. 2009 Mt. Carmel Academy, New Orleans La.
Jetta Peterkin, M.A. 2010 Blair Middle School and Ruffner Academy, Norfolk Va.
Patrick Dombrowski, A.B.D. 2015 Enloe High School, Raleigh, N.C.

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