Sunoikisis Team

Here is the group that makes Sunoikisis happen:

Lindsay Samson (Sunoikisis Ancient Science: Medicine Course Director) 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.

IMG_1606Bryce Walker (Center for Hellenic Studies Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development) 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.

Ryan Fowler (Center for Hellenic Studies Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development) (PhD Rutgers University) recently completed two book manuscripts: The Imperial Plato (working title; forthcoming [2013], Parmenides Press), and Plato in the Third Sophistic (forthcoming [2014], De Gruyter Publishing). During the fall 2013 semester, Ryan was the course director for the Greek lyric Sunoikisis course with Gregory Nagy and the Early Republican Literature Sunoikisis course with Niall Slater.

KennyMorrellPicKenny Morrell (Director of Fellowships and Curricular Development) 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 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. (, which now serves as the home for Sunoikisis. At the CHS he directs the fellowship and curricular development programs.

allieAllie Marbry (Programs Coordinator) has a BA in Greek and Roman Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis,TN and is currently pursuing a project management certification. She manages undergraduate programs at the Center for Hellenic Studies and collaborates with colleagues to sustain initiatives such as curricular development, outreach, and Sunoikisis.

lanahLanah Koelle (Programs Coordinator, Library Assistant) has a BA in Classics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MLS from University of Maryland, College Park. She manages the fellowship and visiting researcher programs at the Center for Hellenic Studies and collaborates with colleagues to sustain a range of initiatives, including Sunoikisis.

1006254_4558451938856_1449823140_nEmily Kohut (Sunoikisis Post-Baccalaureate Fellow) graduated in 2016 from Colorado College, where she earned a double major in Classics (with distinction) and English Literature. As a Classics major, she focused on Classical languages and literature, especially Latin. Her thesis addressed light and dark imagery as a representation of the violence of man in Seneca’s Thyestes and Agamemnon. Kohut is the co-author of “Finding a Balance: Music at Liberal Arts Colleges,” in College Music Curricula for a New Century, edited by Robin Moore (under contract with Oxford University Press). She will begin graduate work in Classical Studies at Western University in London, Ontario in the fall of 2016.

Rose-MilnesRose Milnes, (Sunoikisis Intern)was born in Canton, OH. While her father was born in the States, her mother is from Morocco, and Rose frequently visits her extended family in Casablanca and Fes. Currently, Rose attends Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, double majoring in Classical Languages and History of Art as well as minoring in Classics. Rose’s primary career goal lies in academia, as she wishes to become a Classics professor. Last year, Rose participated in the 2017 Archaeological Field School at Kenchreai, which is supported by the Center for Hellenic Studies. In Summer 2015, she traveled to Rome, Naples, and Florence for a three-week Vanderbilt course directed by Professor Max Goldman. Rose is extremely passionate about classics, and especially loves ancient history and Greek mythology.

Her favorite historical figures are Alexander the Great and Joan of Arc, and her favorite painters are Caravaggio, Bouguereau, Michelangelo, Wyatt, and Monet. As for hobbies, she likes to explore big cities, read, delve into creative writing, splurge on all kinds of food, watch movies, and knit. She is absolutely thrilled to be working with staff and faculty during the Sunoikisis Seminar, and hopes to learn much from the participating professors about course planning and classics.

Michael-SaridakisMichael Saridakis, (Sunoikisis Intern) is a rising senior at the College of Wooster from Richfield, Ohio. He is a Classical Languages major a minor with licensure in Adolescent and Young Adult education. In 2015 Michael hosted a panel on undergraduate research at the Ohio Classical Conference, which he helped organize as the College of Wooster Department of Classical Studies Student Departmental Assistant. He currently serves as president of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honor Society. With the conclusion of his junior year, Michael completed his junior independent study thesis titled “Challenging Tradition: Problems with (and Solutions to) the State of Current Classical Language Pedagogy.”