Faculty

Sunoikisis offers a faculty members a range of opportunities for involvement. Many faculty members offer the Sunoikisis courses at their institutions and lead one of the weekly common sessions. Others participate in the course planning seminar and assist in evaluating student examinations. Senior faculty serve as course consultants during the planning sessions and work with the course directors who run the planning seminars and coordinate the weekly common sessions during the fall courses.

Current Participating Faculty

The following faculty members are teaching or assisted in planning the 2016-17 Sunoikisis courses


JenProfileJennifer Besse studied classics and archaeology at New College in Florida (BA 1994), and continued her work in classics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (MA 1995) where she focused on the politics of archaic Greek poetry. While studying classics, she was an archaeological illustrator in the field (Belgium and Israel) and in the UW lab (Oaxaca and Harappan cultures). After teaching Latin in a high school outside DC for four years, she took a break from classics as a scuba instructor in St. Thomas, USVI and as a 50-ton boat captain in Clearwater, FL. She returned to classics in 2012 and has been teaching classics at Elizabethtown College and Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA.


jee_headshot_smJohn Esposito finished his PhD in Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2015 with a dissertation on hetaireia in Homer. His research addresses themes of interpersonal relationships, war and peace, boundaries and limits, leadership, and psychological growth. He has recently published on the metaphysical implications of the last spoken words in Vergil’s ​_Aeneid_​ (‘Pallas te hoc vulnere..’) and is currently revising articles on Ajax’s suicide in Sophocles’ ​_Ajax_​, Jason’s theory of mind in Apollonius’ ​_Argonautica_​, and Caesar’s self-presentation as military and civil leader in the BG and BC, in addition to dissertation-related pieces on Homeric warrior-companionship. He has taught courses on ancient languages, classical mythology, and etymology, and has served as teaching assistant in three academic departments (Asian Studies and Computer Science as well as Classics). He also has experience in digital humanities, software development, and digital publishing, and is currently editor-in-chief at an online publisher and research firm for software developers while serving as technology consultant for a Sunoikisis-run collaborative online syllabus on ancient leadership.


Ryan C. Fowler (PhD Rutgers University) teaches at Franklin & Marshall College. He recently published Imperial Plato with Parmenides Publishing. He lives in Lancaster, PA with Amy and Milo.


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Gwendolyn Gruber (PhD University of Iowa) studies philosophy in the ancient world. Her research focuses on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura and its appropriation and assimilation of earlier poetic and philosophical traditions. She is currently developing an article about Lucretius’ expansion of Hesiod’s didactic form and linguistic cues. She is also the course director for the spring 2015 Sunoikisis course, “Reading the Odyssey“.


Photo CHSJoshua Hartman was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1986.  He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin, History, and Classics.  In 2011, he earned his Master of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Washington in 2016.

In the course of his undergraduate studies, he attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies as well as Reginald Foster’s Aestiva Latinitas.  From 2013-2014, he was a DAAD fellow at the University of Münster in Münster, Germany.  His scholarly interests include Latin poetry of the late antique and imperial periods, ancient history and historiography, and classical reception.

 Joshua Hartman is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.


HalHaskellPicHal Haskell is professor and chair of Classics at Southwestern University. He has been involved in Sunoikisis intercampus synchronous learning and teaching for over 15 years. Dr. Haskell’s research involves studies of the economic history of the Greek Aegean Bronze Age. He holds a B.A. in classics from Haverford College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


KennyMorrellPicKenny Morrell joined the faculty at Rhodes College in the fall of 1993 after teaching for several years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Having grown up in southeastern Idaho where the nearest Latin teacher was a couple of days away by fast horse (or three hours by car), his academic pilgrimage to the world of classics began at Stanford University. After graduating in the spring of 1982 with B.A. degrees in German Studies and Classics, he journeyed to the other coast and began his post-graduate training at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in classical philology in the fall of 1989. Since his time at Harvard as a graduate student, he has been involved in a number of initiatives to incorporate the use of informational technology in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. He was, for example, a member of the team that developed Perseus: Interactive Sources for the Study of Ancient Greek Civilization, a collection of texts and images on CD-ROM (now available on the web at www.perseus.tufts.edu). In 1995 Professor Morrell and his colleagues from sister institutions in the Associated Colleges of the South established Sunoikisis, a “virtual” department of classics, to expand the opportunities for students of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. One aspect of this initiative was an excavation and survey in the Elmalı plain of southwestern Turkey, on which he worked during the summers from 1998 to 2005. Since 2003, Professor Morrell has been affiliated with the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. (www.chs.harvard.edu), which now serves as the home for Sunoikisis. At the CHS he directs the fellowship and curricular development programs.


Louise Pratt photo-1Louise Pratt is Professor of Classics at Emory University, where she has been teaching since 1989. She received her B.A. in Classics and History of Ideas at Williams College and her A.M. and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. She is currently working on a book on children and childrearing in Greek literature. Her previous publications include articles on Homer, the Homeric Hymns, and Theognis; a monograph (Lying and Poetry from Homer to Pindar: Falsehood and Deception in Archaic Greek Poetics); and two textbooks (Eros at the Banquet: Reviewing Greek with Plato’s Symposium, The Essentials of Greek Grammar: A Reference for Intermediate Readers of Attic Greek). She has been chair of her department more times than she likes to think about and is happy to have recently emerged into the world of the living.

IMG_1316 2Clifford A. Robinson is the Assistant Professor of Classics in the Department of Humanities at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Studies and Certificates in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and in College Teaching from Duke University. His research focuses on intertextuality in classical philosophical literature, and more specifically within the Greek and Latin consolatory tradition. His secondary research interests include ancient music, classical tragedy, psychoanalytic theory, and classical reception in contemporary Italian political theory. His current book project, Self-Consolation: Three Psychoanalytic Studies in Latin Philosophical Literature, examines the intertextuality supporting the consolatory writings of Cicero, Seneca, and Boethius, in order to demonstrate the literary artistry by which their philosophical arguments proceed.


Lindsay Samson enjoys reading a wide variety of Classical literature, but her research focuses primarily on Theocritus.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 2013, while teaching part-time at Agnes Scott College. When she is not researching or teaching, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and experimenting in the kitchen.


Version 2Amy Singer is an assistant professor of sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, and her current research investigates the global flow of commodities and culture through an examination of two distinctive Indonesian foods—Balinese sea salt and Javanese cashews—and two businesses that bring them to market in the United States. She has been doing assessment work for the advanced Greek and Latin Sunoikisis courses since 2013.


HeatherGruberPicHeather Waddell is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Concordia College, and her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Iowa.  Her research interests include Greek rhetorical education, Greek lyric poetry, and ancient gender and sexuality studies. She has published and presented research on topics ranging from the portrayal of women in Greek declamation, to the poetic language of Catullus, to black classicism.


IMG_1606Bryce Walker is an Assistant Professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Walker’s primary area of research is in Latin literature, specifically Roman satire and related genres. He has given papers recently on the function of philosophical moralizing in the satires of Juvenal as well as the connections between insanity and satirical discourse. While exploring questions of social criticism more broadly in both the Roman and Greek worlds, Professor Walker is currently revising his dissertation for publication.


WietzkephotoHans Wietzke completed his PhD at Stanford University in 2015 and is presently Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Carleton College. A philologist by training, he is broadly interested in the textual practices that make up Greek and Roman knowledge traditions. His current book project, Knowledge in Person, investigates the authorial persona and how it shaped the organization of knowledge in antiquity, and recent articles analyze intersections of style and authority in the works of Claudius Ptolemy and Strabo.