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Classics graduate students

Graduate Students

  • Archaeology

  • Brandon Baker
    baker-photoBrandon Baker received a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from the College of Charleston in 2007. He taught for three years during which he won the Rookie Teacher of the Year award for Charleston County School District. In 2010, he graduated from the College of Charleston again with an A.B. degree in Classics.After moving to Lubbock, Brandon received a M.A. in Classics from Texas Tech University and completed his thesis titled Damnatus ut Artifex: The Craft of Mining in the Roman Provinces under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Witmore.He finished a second M.A. in Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed another thesis titled Shifting Centers of Production: The Amphorae Assemblages at Mons Porphyrites and Bir Umm Fawakhir under the guidance of Jennifer Gates-Foster. His interests are in landscape archaeology and archaeological methodology.
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  • Amanda Ball
    Amanda Ball received a B.A. cum laude in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She continued on to receive her M.A. in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University in Pennsylvania in 2015, having completed her Master’s thesis entitled Custom Leaves Us Only at the Tomb: A Re-Examination of the Burial Mounds of Stryme. She then spent two years living in New York working in marketing and volunteering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before beginning the graduate program in Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2017. In the spring of 2019, Amanda completed her MA at UNC Chapel Hill and wrote a Master’s Thesis entitled A New Typology of Magic Dolls. Amanda has excavated in England, Italy, and Greece. She is primarily interested in the archaeology of the northern Aegean. Her research interests lie in Greek colonization, cultural contract in the northern Aegean, funerary landscapes and ancient magic.
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  • Rebecca Gaborek
    Rebecca received her B.A. (summa cum laude) in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in 2019, where she completed an honors thesis exploring the social function of nature imagery within Pompeiian wall-paintings. During the following year, she participated in the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the same institution. She is now pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at UNC Chapel Hill. Rebecca’s primary interests are Roman visual and material culture, particularly ancient gardens, domestic adornment, cultural contact between Egypt and Rome, spatial analysis, and the reconstruction of lived experience. She has excavated most recently at Poggio Civitate, Italy.
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    Email to: rmgabATemailDOTuncDOTedu
  • Melanie Godsey
    Melanie (M.A. in Classics – University of Colorado Boulder, B.A. Classical Archaeology and Latin – Florida State University) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology. After completing the Regular Program as the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow (2019-2020), she is currently the Homer A. and Dorothy B. Thompson Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Her research interests include the material culture of the Hellenistic Aegean, Egypt, and Eastern Mediterranean, ancient ceramics, and cross-cultural interaction. In 2017 she completed an M.A. in Classics at UNC Chapel Hill with a thesis titled “The Ptolemies and the 3rd century BCE Ceramic Assemblage.” She most recently worked as a ceramicist for the Bays of Eastern Attica Regional Survey, on excavations at Pyla-Vigla in Cyprus, and a team leader on the Western Argolid Regional Project.
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  • Sarah Hilker
    Sarah Hilker is an archaeology graduate student in the Classics Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the relationship between Mycenaean residential spaces, social structure, and settlement patterns. Sarah primarily focuses on the Bronze Age Aegean, but she is also generally interested in ancient technology, ancient trade and economy, archaeological science, and digital humanities. Sarah has a B.A. in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania (2010), a M.Sc. in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials from University College London (2012, dissertation on Mesopotamian Polychromy), and a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014, thesis on Aegean Bronze Age wall paintings). She has served as a trench supervisor at several sites in Greece (Thorikos, Iklaina, Ancient Corinth, Azoria), as well as excavated in Italy (Morgantina, Cinigiano). With the aid of a Fulbright Fellowship, Sarah will spend the 2019-2020 academic year in Greece undertaking dissertation research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and visiting archaeological sites throughout the country.
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    Email at: slhilkerATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Emily Lime
    lloydbiophotoEmily (MA in Classical Art and Archaeology- University of Michigan ’17, BA in History, Classical Archaeology- University of Michigan ’16) is currently pursuing an MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology from UNC Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the visual and material culture of Ancient Rome, with a particular interest in Roman sculpture and painting. Some of her specific research interests include depictions of sculpture in other media, the reuse and reworking of marble, Roman conceptions of décor, reception of classical art and literature in Renaissance art, and visual language and multimedia programming. She has worked most recently as the Supervisor of the Finds Lab at the Gabii Project Roma.
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  • Bryanna Lloyd
    lloydbiophotoBryanna Lloyd is a graduate student studying archaeology in the Classics Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She received her B.A. (Hons) in Classical Archaeology from King’s College London in 2014 and her M.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University in 2016, where she wrote her thesis on pXRF analysis of green glazed vessels from the Syro-Roman site of Dura Europos. Her M.A. thesis at UNC was titled “The House in Iron Age Italian Thought”. She has excavated at Pollena Trocchia in the Bay of Naples and the Etruscan city of Vulci. Bryanna is interested in museum education and curation and has worked as an intern at Yale University Art Gallery and the Ackland Art Museum.
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    Email at: lloydbrATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Katelin McCullough
    Katelin received her B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Master’s Thesis, entitled The Inclusion and Negotiation of the Appropriate Female Presence in Public: Thamugadi and Cuicul, discusses the specific economic context of the North African region and its impact on how women were included within public spaces according to distinctly local patterns. For her dissertation, Katelin is studying the sculpture and associated epigraphic monuments for elite women found within the major cities of Crete and Cyrenaica from the later Hellenistic period to the end of the 3rd century CE. She aims to consider the evidence for female representation from both regions, and to integrate their monuments into the broader urban landscapes both physically and with regard to their social functions. Her focus is on the archaeology of the Roman provinces. Her interests include identity studies, gender studies, small finds, and urban development. She has participated in excavations in Belize, Italy, Romania, Israel, Spain, and is currently working on a survey and excavation project in Morocco.
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    Email at: kdm956ATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Jackson Miller
    Jackson Miller is a second-year graduate student pursuing his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology. He received his B.A. in Classical Archaeology and French from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 where he wrote an honors thesis examining the colonization of Thasos. Before coming to Chapel Hill, he spent two years as an academic advisor for bioscience students at UT. Jackson is primarily interested in interactions between the north Aegean and the Cyclades in the Early Iron Age and Archaic period, colonialism, culture contact, ancient ethnicity, and Athenian drama. He has excavated at Argilos, Azoria, and Despotiko in Greece.
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    Email at: jnm2266ATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Katie Tardio
    TardioPicKatie received her B.A. in Classics, Anthropology, and International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to beginning at UNC in 2014, she earned a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Latin and Ancient Greek from UCLA. She is primarily interested in the archaeology of the Roman provinces with special interests in the zooarchaeological analysis of foodways, trade, and ritual, as well as city landscapes and architecture, and day-to-day life within the Roman Empire.
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  • Rachael Tobin-Dodd
    Rachael (M.A. in Classics – UNC Chapel Hill, M.A. in Classics – University of Colorado Boulder, B.A. Classics – Carleton College) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2019, she completed her M.A. from UNC with a thesis entitles “Darius I in Egypt: Achaemenid Authority and Egyptian Continuity.” Her research interests include the material culture of Greece and the Near East and cross-cultural interaction in the ancient Aegean and Black Sea. Her interests include ancient ceramics, dining practices, and trade across cultures. She has worked most recently as the ceramicist for the Histria Multiscalar Archaeological Project on the Black Sea coast of Romania and has also worked on projects in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Rome, and Tuscany.
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  • Cole Warlick
    Cole Warlick is currently pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from UNC Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. cum laude in Classics and Anthropology from Davidson College in 2019. He has excavated with the Salapia Exploration Project, Italy and the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus. Cole’s primary interests center around cultural contact, identity, mobility, and lived experience within the Roman Empire. He is also interested in museums and public engagement with archaeological heritage.
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  • Philology

  • Ryan Baldwin
    Ryan is a second year graduate student in Classics (Historical Emphasis) at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in History (2017) and M.A. in Comparative Studies (2019) from Brigham Young University, where he wrote his thesis, “The Creation of a Christian Identity in a Christianized Empire: Eulalia, Agnes, and Gender-Bending in Prudentius’ Peristephanon Liber III and XIV.” Ryan plans to receive his MA in Classics from UNC this coming Spring, where he will write a thesis on Pindar’s Olympians 1-3. Ryan’s other interests include early Christianity, lyric poetry, women and gender in the ancient world, identity studies, historiography, and Greco-Roman influences on Christian culture and literature.
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  • Nick Bolig
    Nick received his B.A. in Latin and Business from Kalamazoo College in 2014. Upon graduating, Nick worked for two years as a high school Latin teacher in Detroit, Michigan. Nick went on to receive a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and has just completed an M.A. program at the University of Kansas (May 2019) where he wrote his thesis, “Dramatizing the Divine: An Examination of Divination in Greek Tragedy and Euripides’ Helen”. He is now pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current interests include ancient Greek drama, divination, religion, and historiography.
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  • Sarah Eisenlohr
    Sarah received her B.A. in Latin & Ancient Greek from Kenyon College in 2015. Upon graduating, Sarah worked for two years as a middle school Latin teacher in Gilbert, Arizona. She is now pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current interests include portrayals of sex workers in Latin and Greek literature, transgender mythology in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Greek historiography and epic, and Late Antique demonology.
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    Email at:sheisenATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Andrew Ficklin
    FicklinAndrew (B.A. in Latin from LSU, M.A. in Classics from FSU) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics at UNC. Andrew’s focus is Latin poetry, primarily the Augustan elegists, but his interest in both literary and artistic representations of Cupid carry him into many fascinating fields of study. Andrew also tutors in both Latin and Greek during the summer months, and welcomes anyone with an interest to contact him via the email address below.
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    Email to: aficklinATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • David Harris
    David is a first-year PhD candidate at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his BA in Classical Languages at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) in 2015, where he wrote a senior thesis, City-Foundation in Vergil’s Aeneid, under the guidance of Dr. Tim O’Sullivan. He has just completed his MA in Classics at Washington University in St. Louis.His Master’s thesis, Dreams, Visions, and their Interpretation in Lucan’s Pharsalia, advised by Cathy Keane, examines the device of the prophetic dream in Lucan from both literary and historiographical perspectives, and argues that the increasing non-reliability of dreams in the epic points out a tendency (in part by historians) to employ dreams to modify their historical narrative and indicates a deeper problem of the impossibility of grasping historical truth.David’s research interests involve the articulation and definition of cultural (especially Roman) identity as seen in works of literature, reception and allusion, and the development of generic traditions, with a focus on Imperial and Augustan poetry and prose.
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  • Chandler Kendall
    Chandler is a first year graduate student in Classics (Historical Emphasis) at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in Classics (2018) and M.A. in Comparative Studies (2020) from Brigham Young University, where he wrote his thesis, “Propertius and Antigone: Innovation on the Theme of Eroticized Death.” Chandler’s interests include Augustan poetry (especially elegy), sexuality and violence, metapoetics, the application of literary theory, ancient reception of mythological women, and constructions of masculinity.
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    Email at: chandlerDOTkendallATuncDOTedu
  • Everett Lang
    Adlai Everett Lang is a PhD student in Classics (Philology) at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He received a BA in Classics at the University of Oxford in 2010, an MA in European Historical Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 2012, and an MA in Greek and Latin from Boston College in 2018.  His research interests include Greek and Latin prose under the Roman empire, classical languages pedagogy, and reception.
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  • Kelly McArdle
    Kelly received her B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature at Temple University in 2015 and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. In the spring of 2018, she completed her M.A. in Latin with a thesis exploring the use of the gynaeconitis, or “women’s quarters,” as a literary trope in Greek and Latin literature. She is currently completing a PhD in Classics and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation explores the political connotations of humor and violence in Plautine comedy.
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    Email at: kmcardleATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Aidan Mahoney
    Aidan received his B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of California–Davis in 2018. While at Davis, Aidan attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome during the fall semester of 2016. From Davis Aidan went on to complete his M.A. at the University of Kansas and received his degree in 2020. At Kansas, Aidan wrote his thesis entitled Exploring Gendered Violence from Tragic Episodes in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He is now pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interest include Augustan poetry, Roman elegy, gender and violence in Ovid’s poetry, and Greek tragedy.
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    Email at: armahoneyATuncDOTedu
  • Sean Moorman
    Until 2016, Sean attended the College of Charleston, where he earned his A.B. in Classics and his B.A. in History. As an undergraduate, he focused largely on the political and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in addition to Greek, Latin, and ancient history courses. Before pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned an M.A. degree in Classics at the University of Maryland in 2020. His interests mainly lie in Greek and Roman historiography, specifically Thucydides’ and Sallust’s critical reflections on empire and political elites. More recently, he has become interested in Seneca’s tragedies and their relationship to his own philosophical concepts in De Ira and De Clementia.
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    Email to: seanallaATemailDOTuncDOTedu
  • India Nattermann
    India received her B.A. in Classics, writing an honors thesis on insults in Roman comedy, with a concentration in Global Literary Studies from Davidson College in 2015.  She spent a year in Trier, Germany further studying Roman comedy under a Fulbright research grant from 2015-2016.  In the spring of 2018, she completed her M.A. in Latin with a thesis examining the use of satiare and its association with sex and slaughter in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Classics.  Her research interests include the abject and the body in Greek and Latin literature, intertextuality in imperial Latin poetry, and Roman comedy.
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    Email: indiawatATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Elizabeth Needham
    Elizabeth Needham is a second year graduate student in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Classical Languages and German cum laude from Duke University in 2019, where she wrote a senior honors thesis on the relationship between plants and power in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Her research interests include Greek lyric poetry and performance, Augustan poetry, and ancient botany, with a particular focus on human interactions with the natural world in literature.
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    Email at: sen15ATliveDOTuncDOTedu
    Zoom Office Hours: T 5:00–6:00, W 2:00–3:00, and by appointment
  • Matthew Sherry
    Matthew Sherry is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics UNC Chapel Hill. He graduated with a B.A. in Latin from Wake Forest University in 2013. After graduation, he taught high school Latin for two years in Lynchburg, VA. He then studied classics for two years at Georgetown University as a post-baccalaureate student. In 2019, he completed his M.A. at UNC with a thesis analyzing the role of Cupid in Apuleius’ ‘Cupid and Psyche,’ arguing that, during the tale, Cupid evolves from sexual passion into a more wholesome, unconditional love. Matthew’s research interests lie primarily in Augustan poetry, especially poetic allusion, metapoetics, and the blending of generic conventions.
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  • Nathan Smolin
    Nathan Smolin received a BA in classical studies from Samford University in 2015. In 2017, he received a MA in classical studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His Master’s Thesis was titled “Divine Vengeance in Herodotus’ Histories,” and explored the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the Greek historian Herodotus’ treatment of divinity in historical explanation. In 2018, a modified version of this thesis, again titled “Divine Vengeance in Herodotus’ Histories” was published by the Journal of Ancient History. He is currently a PhD candidate at UNC Chapel Hill, working on a dissertation which focuses on the struggle of both Emperors and bishops, during the lengthy transition from paganism to Christianity under Constantine and his successors, to understand and define the religious and cosmic dimensions of the office of Emperor. His general research interests include Greco-Roman philosophy and religion, the place of Early Christian religion and philosophy in the ancient world, and the complex relationship between Greek and Latin Christianity in Late Antiquity and beyond.
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    Email at: nsmolinATliveDOTuncDOTed
  • Hannah Sorscher
    Sorscher_PictureHannah Sorscher received her A.B. with honors in Classical Studies from the University of Chicago in 2014 and spent the following year as a non-degree graduate student in Classics at the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a working dissertation topic of “Unconventional Families in Roman Comedy,” directed by Dr. Sharon L. James. In 2017 she completed her M.A. at UNC with a thesis titled “Incest, Cannibalism, Filicide: Elements of the Thyestes Myth in Ovid’s Stories of Tereus and Myrrha” under the guidance of Dr. Sharon L. James. She also serves as the department’s Senior Program Assistant. Her research interests include Roman comedy, Greek New Comedy, Augustan poetry, Greek and Roman social history, women in antiquity, and the Roman family as depicted in literature.
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    Email at: hrsorschATliveDOTuncDOTedu
  • Emma Warhover
    Emma Warhover is a graduate student in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Classics, with an undergraduate honors thesis on comic elements in the Iliad. In 2017, she completed her Master’s degree with a thesis on the intrusion of grotesque bodies in Ovid’s Amores. She is currently working on a dissertation on the use of humor in Tacitus’ historical works.

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    Email at: emmanwATliveDOTuncDOTed

Post-Baccalaureate Students

  • Emma English
  • Michael Hensley
  • Andrew Martin
  • Noah Savage