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.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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    • Ciecek Beeby
      Cicek earned her BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). After receiving an MA in Classical Archaeology from the Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), she worked as an archaeologist with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She returned to the world of Classics in 2011 to pursue a PhD in Classical Archaeology. She works primarily on Greece and Anatolia in the Iron Age, focusing on mortuary theory, human osteology, and site formation.
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      Email: cicekbeebyATuncDOTedu

    • Emma Buckingham
      Emma received her B.A in Classics from Haverford College and in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. For her Master’s Thesis, “Delian Civic Structures: A Critical Reassessment,” she evaluated the current identifications of political buildings on the island of Delos in light of literary, inscriptional and archaeological evidence.For her dissertation, Emma is studying the evolution of Greek and indigenous settlements in Sicily during the 7th and early 6th centuries BC and reviewing the evidence for this significant transitional period in archaeological contexts throughout the central and eastern zones of the island. Her interests include the archaeology of identity, Greek colonies in South Italy and Sicily, Greek and non-Greek interactions, ceramics, Greek sanctuaries, and political and civic space in the ancient world.She has excavated at the Athenian Agora, served as a trench supervisor at Azoria on Crete, and is currently working at Morgantina in Sicily.
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    • Rachael Dodd
      Rachael (M.A. in Classics – University of Colorado Boulder, B.A. Classics – Carleton College) is currently pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the material culture of Greece and the Near East and cross-cultural interaction in the ancient Aegean and wider Mediterranean, especially during the Iron Age.She has worked most recently as a Team Leader for the Western Argolid Regional Project in Greece and has also worked on projects in Bulgaria, Rome, and Tuscany.
    • Claudia Epley
      Claudia Epley is a first-year PhD student in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In May 2018, she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Classical Studies.  Additionally, she has participated in two seasons of field work at the site of Tell es-Safi in Israel.  Her academic interests include Iron Age and proto-historic archaeology of the Near East and Italy, trade and exchange, identity, and digital archaeology.
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    • 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 Classics from UNC Chapel Hill. 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 on excavations at Pyla-Vigla in Cyprus, as a Field Director at the ASCSA excavations at Corinth, and a Team Leader on the Western Argolid Regional Project. Curriculum Vitae
    • 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 will examine the relationship between Mycenaean residential spaces and Mycenaean social structure and settlement patterns. She 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). For her M.Sc. in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials at University College London (2012), she analyzed the evidence for polychromy on selected Mesopotamian statues from the British Museum. She also has a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014), for which she wrote a thesis entitled “The Iconography and Use of Minoan versus Mycenaean Wall Paintings.” Sarah has served as a trench supervisor at the Mycenaean site of Iklaina in Messenia, at the EIA-Archaic site of Azoria in eastern Crete, and, most recently, for some Late Antique levels at Ancient Corinth. She has also excavated as part of the North Baths Project at Morgantina (Sicily) and the Roman Peasant Project in Tuscany. She spent the 2017-2018 academic year as a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. MU 305919-962-7637
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      Email at: slhilkerATliveDOTuncDOTedu

    • Emily Lime
      lloydbiophoto Emily (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, and visual language and multimedia programs. She has worked most recently as Assistant Supervisor of the Finds Lab of the Gabii Project Roma.

    • Bryanna Lloyd
      lloydbiophoto Bryanna 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.
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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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    • Jackson Miller
      Jackson Miller is a first-year graduate student pursuing an 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 foundation of Thasos. After graduating, he spent two years working for UT’s College of Natural Sciences as an academic advisor for Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience students. Jackson is interested in Greek colonization, ethnicity, hybridity, and cultural interaction and exchange in the north Aegean, as well as Athenian drama. He has excavated at Argilos in northern Greece and at Azoria on Crete.
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      Email at: jnm2266ATliveDOTuncDOTedu

    • Matthew Schueller
      Matthew Schueller is a PhD candidate in Roman archaeology whose primary academic interests are in urban planning and architecture and cultural interaction in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire, with a focus on the provinces of Macedonia and Thracia. In past summers he has been involved with the Balkan Heritage Foundation as a square supervisor and dig instructor in its excavations at Heraclea Lyncestis (Bitola, Republic of Macedonia), Emporion Pistiros (Septemvri, Bulgaria), and St. Kirik Island (Sozopol, Bulgaria). He has also participated in excavations at Tel Dor and Omrit in Israel. Matthew earned his BA in archaeology at the University of Evansville and his MA in Classics at the University of Arizona, where he wrote a thesis on mainland Greek views of Roman public entertainment. His dissertation is entitled “Public Entertainment Venues as Urban Network Actors in Roman Macedonia and Thrace.”
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      Email at:mattschuATliveDOTuncDOTedu

    • 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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  • Philology
      • John Beeby
        John Beeby earned a BA in Archaeology and Classics from the University of Evansville (Evansville, Indiana). After receiving his MA in Latin from The Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), John taught high school Latin in South Carolina.At UNC Chapel Hill, he wrote an MA thesis entitled “The Decapitation Motif in Tacitus’ Histories” (2013). John is interested in Latin prose, historiography, and epigraphy.
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        Email: johnbeebyATuncDOTedu-
      • Patrick Dombrowski
        Entering Class of 2009Patrick Dombrowski is a fourth-year graduate student writing a dissertation on the language of magic and superstition in Latin literature. He received his BA in History from North Carolina State University and his MA in Classics from UNC Chapel Hill, with a thesis titled “Judicial Rhetoric and Theatrical Program in the Prologues of Terence.” His interests include republican and Augustan prose and poetry, rhetoric and oratory, religion and mythology, and comedy.
        Email at: pjdombroATemailDOTuncDOTedu
      • 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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      • Everett Lang
        Adlai Everett Lang is a first year 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.

      • 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 pursuing a PhD in Classics and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include sexual violence in antiquity, tragic elements of Roman comedy, and (homo)erotic poetry.
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        Email at: kmcardleATliveDOTuncDOTedu
      • Brian McPhee
        Brian received his BA in Classics and Religious Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa in May of 2013. He matriculated at UNC that fall, and completed his MA in Greek in May of 2016. His thesis, entitled “The Voyage of the Argo and Other Modes of Travel in Apollonius’ Argonautica,” was completed under the direction of William H. Race. His interest in Apollonius continues, and he is currently planning a dissertation on the subject of Apollonius’ reception of the Homeric Hymns.Murphey 305
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        Email: bmcpheeATliveDOTuncDOTedu-
      • Aidyl Molina
        Aidyl Molina received her Bachelor’s degree in Classics at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012 and her Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Classics at the University of California Los Angeles in 2018, where she focused on Latin composition, Greek composition, and German.Currently, Aidyl is pursuing graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an emphasis on women in antiquity. Her immediate goal is to explore methodological approaches to the study of women, and to continue reading ancient texts with a deeper understanding of the convention of different genres. In the future, she hopes to apply this foundation in research to develop a topic that would offer a glimpse at the lives of real women (not only the elite) in ancient Greece and Rome.
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      • Michael Keith Penich
        keith-profileKeith is a PhD candidate in Classics at UNC Chapel Hill.  Previously he earned a BA in Classics from UC Davis and an MA in Greek from UNC with a thesis title “Eἰ δὴ καλῶς: Knowledge, Pessimism, and Fate in Sophocles’ Trachiniae.” He is currently writing a dissertation titled “Vision and Narrative in Apollonius’ Argonautica.”
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        Email at: kpenichATliveDOTuncDOTedu

      • Matthew Sherry
        Matthew Sherry is currently pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at the University of North Carolina at 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. Matthew’s research interests lie primarily in Augustan poetry, especially poetic allusion 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, where, in his senior project, he explored the similarities in anti-sacrificial rhetoric between the Roman philosopher Lucretius and the early Christian apologist Minucius Felix. In 2017, he received a MA in classical studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His Master’s Thesis, under the advisement of Dr. Emily Baragwanath, 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 continuing his studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, pursuing a PhD in classical studies. His 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: nsmolinATliveDOTuncDOTedu
      • 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. 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 James. She also serves as the department’s inaugural Watlington Fellow for Undergraduate Outreach. Her research interests include Roman comedy, Augustan poetry, archaic Greek poetry, Roman history, and the Roman family.Murphey 114
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        Email at: hrsorschATliveDOTuncDOTedu

      • Emma Warhover
        emma-warhover-website-photoEmma Warhover is a graduate student in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2015, she graduated with a B.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her 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. Her other academic interests include the interaction between style and content in Roman historiography, intertext between poetry and prose, and the nature of humor in the ancient world.
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        Email at: emmanwATliveDOTuncDOTedu
      • India Watkins
        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

Post-Baccalaureate Students

      • Michael Hensley
      • Andrew Martin
      • Noah Savage