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

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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).

 

Hanna Golab, Ph.D. (Princeton University)
Visiting Assistant Professor

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After receiving her Ph.D. in 2017, Hanna Golab was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at Princeton University before joining the University of Miami. Her current book project focuses on Postclassical Greek chorality and the ways in which choral performances positioned local communities in the ever-changing world. This interest in non-canonical texts which nevertheless aspire to Panhellenic fame informs her other works on popular culture in the ancient world, and on the relationship of postclassical song culture to mainstream theater. At the University of Miami, she is eager to teach a variety of courses from Ancient Medicine to Comedy in Ancient Athens and Rome.

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

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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.

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.

 

 

‌James Townshend, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
Visiting Assistant Professor

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James Townshend received his PhD in Classical Philology from Harvard University in 2018. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with a BA in Latin and Classical Studies, a LLB (Hons) in Public Law, and an MA (Hons) with first class honours in Latin. His research and teaching interests reflect this dual training as classicist and lawyer. He has worked extensively on Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire, especially Virgil and his reception. His current book project explores the Grotesque as an aesthetic idea in antiquity. He also works on the laws and legal systems of Ancient Greece and Rome and is planning a large-scale work exploring the role of witnesses in Roman Law. He is looking forward to teaching Introductory and Intermediate Latin and Roman Civilization in Fall 2018 at the University of Miami.

‌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 taught at UC Berkeley, The Ohio State University, and the University of Oregon before joining the faculty at the University of Miami. Her research interests center on the language of iconography, the reception of classical myth in contemporary art, monsters of all stripes, Roman wall-painting, and New Materialism theory. She has published on the sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis, representations of mermaids, and is preparing a book on the Nereids, and frequently reviews art historical monographs.