‌Jennifer Ferriss-Hill, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Associate Professor

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305-284-9834

Jennifer Ferriss-Hill received her A.B. in Classics summa cum laude from Princeton University (2002) and her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University (2008), and joined the University of Miami in 2009. She was the recipient at Harvard of a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and a Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates, and at the University of Miami she has been awarded Provost Research Awards, a Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities, and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities. She has published in CP, TAPA, AJP, ICS, and Paideia on Latin poets such as Catullus, Virgil, and Horace; on Sabellic dialects and Varro’s De lingua latina; and on Old Comedy. Her first book, Roman Satire and the Old Comic Tradition, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2015 and received the CAMWS First Book Award (2016).

‌Rebecca Katz, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Visiting Assistant Professor

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After earning her PhD this past May, Dr. Katz is very excited to be joining the faculty here at the University of Miami as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Classics department. As a scholar, her main focus is on Roman cultural history, especially issues of competition and conflict, as well as memory and monumentality. (She also have a soft spot for animals, both ancient and modern.) Dr. Katz has a great deal of interest in the field of numismatics, especially Roman Republican coinage, and as an instructor she constantly seeks to work with film and other elements of pop culture as a means of connecting with the ancient world. This past semester Dr. Katz taught two parts of the Classics Department's introductory Latin sequence and a lecture course on sports and society. This coming spring Dr. Katz will be teaching a lecture on Roman Civilization as well as two additional Latin classes, including a reading course on Cicero.

‌John Kirby, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina)
Professor of Classics

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305-284-5578

John T. Kirby chaired the Programs in Classical Studies and in Comparative Literature at Purdue University for many years before coming to the University of Miami. He has published five books and numerous articles and reviews, and his website, CORAX (www.corax.us), was one of the very first classics websites on the Internet, appearing in 1997. Kirby has won teaching awards at the departmental, college, university, state, and national levels. His research interests include rhetorical and poetic theory, ancient and modern; Roman oratory; modern screen media and the classics; and French and Italian authors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

‌Amy Koenig, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Visiting Assistant Professor

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Amy Koenig received her Ph.D. in Classical Philology in May 2017 before joining the University of Miami faculty as a visiting assistant professor. Her research concentrates mainly on Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire, and her dissertation and current book project is a study of loss of voice in Roman imperial literature; she has published work on the Greek novel, and has completed several entries for the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. She also has interests in Greek papyrology, and has studied and edited papyri from the Oxyrhynchus collection at the University of Oxford, where she received a Master of Studies degree in 2010. She is excited to be teaching Ancient Medicine, Greek and Latin at UM in the fall of 2017.

John Paul Russo, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Department Chair

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John Paul Russo has published books and essays on the theory of criticism, ethnicity, and history of culture. The recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships, most recently (2006) to the University of Salerno, he has been visiting professor at the universities of Palermo, Rome, and Genoa. He is book review editor of Italian Americana and an editor of Rivista di Studi Nord Americani. He has received the UM Faculty Senate's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Cooper Fellowship. In 2006 his Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Society won the Thomas N. Bonner Award. His study of representations of Italy, Italians, and Italian Americans since the Renaissance, co-written by Robert Casillo and entitled The Italian in Modernity, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011. His travel book Late Wanderings in Italy is forth coming from Campanotto Editore.

‌Wilson Shearin, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley)
Associate Professor

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Wilson Shearin joined the University of Miami faculty from Stanford in 2010. His research focuses above all on the intersection of philosophy and literature in antiquity, particularly in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Favorite ancient authors include Empedocles, Plato, Lucretius, Persius, and Seneca, but his work ranges also into reception, with recent writing on Denys Lambin, Saussure, and Nietzsche. He has published The Language of Atoms (Oxford, 2015) and Dynamic Reading (Oxford, 2012), and he is currently completing Thick-witted Minerva (On stupidity in Roman-period philosophical culture) and The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy.

 

‌Han Tran, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley)
Senior Lecturer

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Han Tran received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. She has taught at UC Berkeley, The Ohio State University, and the University of Oregon before joining the faculty at the University of Miami in August, 2010. Her research interests center on the language of iconography, the reception of classical myth in contemporary art, monsters of all stripes, Roman wall paintings, and New Materialism theory. She has published on the sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis, and is preparing a book on the Nereids, and another on Echidna.