Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Graduate Students


Preston Atwood
Hebrew Bible
patwood@wisc.edu
Preston entered the Hebrew Bible program in the fall of 2014. He earned his BA in Humanities at The College at Southwestern, both his MDiv (with concentrations in Philosophy of Religion and Theology) and ThM (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his MA (Hebrew Bible & Semitic Studies) at UW-Madison. His research interests include textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Peshitta studies, translation theory, the Book of Isaiah, Palmyrene Aramaic Epigraphy, and the NW Semitic languages.

Catherine E. Bonesho
Hebrew Bible
cbonesho@wisc.edu

Cate is a PhD Candidate in the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies department at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary interest is in the use of holidays in rabbinic, biblical, and non-Jewish literature to ascertain identity, specifically holidays and festivals that demarcate Roman and Jewish identities. She holds a Master’s degree in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a BA in Classical Hebrew and Latin, as well as Biology from Macalester College. Catherine grew up in Milwaukee, WI and hopes to continue contributing to the Wisconsin Idea throughout her career.

Jordan Brown
Hebrew Bible
jbrown55@wisc.edu
Jordan received a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN), an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), and an M.A. in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages from Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He is fascinated with how the language and culture of the ancient Near East can serve as a lens to understand the Hebrew Bible. Within this realm, he has specific interest in mythic literature, cultic rituals, magic, and Northwest Semitic languages.

Elizabeth Currier
Hebrew Bible
ecurrier@wisc.edu

Mary Clare Dolinar
Classics
mcmurphy5@wisc.edu

Stephen Geiger
Classics
shgeiger@wisc.edu

Amie Goblirsch
Classics
Amie received her B.A. in Classics (with a minor in Music) from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2016 and entered the Classical Studies graduate program the following fall. Her research interests include classical art and architecture, the archaeology of Greek and Roman Anatolia, colonization in the Graeco-Roman world, and historiography.

Ned Greene
Hebrew Bible
ngreene@wisc.edu
Nathaniel earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies (Koine Greek minor) from Milligan College (2007) and his M.Div. in Hebrew Bible from Emmanuel School of Religion (2010) prior to his matriculation at UW-Madison in the Fall of 2011 (MA, Summer 2013). Specializing in Northwest Semitic philology, he maintains a keen focus on the epigraphic remains from the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Levant as a lens through which to study the formation of early Israelite literature in the Hebrew Bible. Nathaniel also has extensive training and experience in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and has been one of the developers of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project (WPAIP). He is active in both the Society of Biblical Literature and the American School of Oriental Research and has recently taken on executive board member duties as a founding constituent of the Colloquium for Biblical and Near Eastern Studies. Moonlighting as a rugby player, Nathaniel has both a USA Rugby national championship (2013) and national runner up (2015) to his name, earned as a member of the Wisconsin Rugby Club.

Molly Harris
Classics
Molly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Classics program. She earned her B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan (2012) and her M.A. in Classics from UW-Madison (2014). Her dissertation focuses on the aftermath of war within Greek tragedy, particularly the way that tragedy exposes the extensive and negative effects of war on households and communities. Molly’s research has also included work on the ambiguities of sound and language in Euripides’ Alcestis; the characterization of individuals and groups in Thucydides; approaches to civil war and clementia in Cicero’s Caesarian speeches and letters; and representations of war trauma in Homer and Greek tragedy. Molly has presented at professional conferences, including the CAMWS annual meeting (2014, accepted for 2017) and the Heartland Graduate Workshop (2015). She also continues to pursue her interests in teaching and the public humanities. She is a Future Faculty Partner and member of the UW Teaching Academy’s Executive Committee and has interned with the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. In collaboration with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Molly currently leads a local reading group of ancient and modern war literature, a project supported by the Public Humanities Exchange at UW-Madison’s Center for the Humanities. Within CANES, Molly has taught introductory and intermediate Latin courses, Greek Civilization, Classical Mythology, and Ancient Religions of the Mediterranean. She has also taught related classes in Integrated Liberal Studies and the Summer Collegiate Experience. Molly enjoys running and playing horn in community and UW concert bands.

Rachel Hart
Classics
leschak@wisc.edu
Rachel is a PhD candidate in the Classics program. Her dissertation considers ways that non-Greeks use physicality to express agency in the texts of Herodotus and Ctesias. She also pursues interests in Greek religion and identity in the ancient world more generally. Rachel received her MA in Classics from UW-Madison with a thesis exploring the eastern motifs connecting Hercules and Antony in the Aeneid. Before coming to Madison, she completed her AB in Classics at the College of Charleston in her home state of South Carolina.

Amy Hendricks
Classics
ahendricks3@wisc.edu

Mason Johnson
Classics 
Mason received his B.A. in both Philosophy and Greek & Roman Studies (with honors) from Rhodes College in 2015. His research interests lie in ancient philosophy and its literary treatments, particularly in its reception and use by Roman authors, as well as in classical reception and modern philosophy and critical theory as it applies to ancient texts.

Hikaru Kumon
Hebrew Bible
Hikaru entered the Hebrew Bible program in 2014. He has earned his BA in Engineering from Tsukuba University, and  BA and MA in Theology from Tokyo Christian University. His primary interest is in Classical Hebrew Linguistics.


Marie LaFond
Classics
melafond@wisc.edu

Mary Claire LaVelle
Classics
lavelle2@wisc.edu
MC received her B.A. in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization in 2014 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Her interests include the study of ancient and modern languages, classical mythology, literature, gender studies, classical reception and ancient religion. 

Ximing Lu
Classics
xlu98@wisc.edu

Kevin Mattison
Hebrew Bible
kmattison@wisc.edu

Rebecca Moorman
Classics
Rebecca's general research interests include late Republican and Imperial Latin literature, critical theory, gender and sexuality, and Roman historiography. Her MA thesis explored biographer and historian depictions of Julius Caesar and the effect of temporal distance and sociopolitical influence in crafting his image. Rebecca has presented at multiple graduate and professional conferences, including the EAA (2015) and CAMWS (accepted for 2017). Within the CANES department, Rebecca has taught Elementary Latin courses, Classical Mythology, and The Greeks (a Comm-B or writing focused course). A recipient of the campus-wide Early Excellence in Teaching Award (2016-2017), Rebecca is passionate about undergraduate pedagogy and teaching students not only about Classics, but also ways to apply issues in ancient texts to our modern world. Rebecca holds an MA in Classics from UW-Madison and a BA in Classics with a minor in Philosophy from Macalester College.

Mandy Morrow
Hebrew Bible
armorrow@wisc.edu
Mandy received her BA in Religious Studies from Morningside College (Sioux City, IA), her MTS in Old Testament from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), and her MA in Archaeology from Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel) before joining the Hebrew Bible program in the fall of 2013. Her interests include Judahite archaeology, Near Eastern history, anthropology, literary criticism, and cognitive linguistics. Her primary focus is the book of Jeremiah as it relates to history and archaeology. Mandy is also very interested in the art of teaching and has taken classes in undergraduate teaching pedagogy and college student development theory at UW-Madison. She has been a teaching assistant for Introduction to Biblical Literature, Prophets of the Bible, King David in History and Tradition, Ancient Egyptian Civilizations, English 100 (Comm A Requirement), and The Romans (Comm B Requirement).

Samson Olanrewaju
Hebrew Bible
solanrewaju@wisc.edu

Jesse Pruett
Hebrew Bible
rpruett@wisc.edu

Claire Trivax
Classics
trivax@wisc.edu

Aaron West
Hebrew Bible
aaronwest1983@gmail.com
Aaron entered the program in the fall of 2010. He is currently writing a dissertation on Old Greek Job from a Descriptive Translation Studies perspective and serving as Instructor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Asia Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong.

Jonathon Wylie
Hebrew Bible
jwylie@wisc.edu