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Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Graduate Students

Preston Atwood

Hebrew Bible

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.

Olivia Baquerizo

Classics

Catherine E. Bonesho

Hebrew Bible

Catherine (Cate) is the 2017-2018 Emeline Hill Richardson Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize fellow in Ancient Studies from the American Academy in Rome and is ABD in the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies department at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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. Her primary research interest is in the use of holidays and festivals to demarcate Roman and Jewish identities in the rabbinic tractate ʿAbodah Zarah. Catherine has experience in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) as one of the developers of the Wisconsin Palmyrene Aramaic Inscription Project (WPAIP). She has taught Latin both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Latin Poetry: Ovid) and Beloit College (Latin Comedy: Plautus and Terence). She has also been a Teaching Assistant for a variety of departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison including Jewish Studies (Introduction to Judaism), Religious Studies (Religious in Global Perspective: The Environment), and Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (The Romans). Catherine is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the journal Currents in Biblical Research. She is an active member in the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). Catherine grew up in Milwaukee, WI and hopes to continue contributing to the Wisconsin Idea throughout her career.

Brian Brannon

Classics

Brian received his B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2017 with departmental honors and subsequently joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Classics program the following fall.  He is interested in the cultural practices of the ancient world – particularly ancient Greece – as well as its varying attitudes regarding sexuality, philosophy, and poetry.

Jordan Brown

Hebrew Bible

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

Mary Clare Dolinar

Classics

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

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.

Jessica Greene

Classics

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

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.

Patrick Harvey

Hebrew Bible

Born and raised near Muscle Shoals, Alabama and thereafter migrating to East Tennessee, Patrick received his B.S. in Biblical Studies at Johnson University (2012), he received his M.A. in Hebrew Bible at Emmanuel School of Religion (2016) with cooperative study at East Tennessee State University in Classical Languages (2015-2016), and he began his studies at UW in the Fall of 2017. His research interests include the intersection of historiography of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman period, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible (primarily by means of the LXX, Vulgate, Vetus Latina, and Josephus), and various forms of Literary Criticism of the Post-Structuralist variety. In his spare time, he enjoys playing electric blues guitar, fishing, and a nice smoke of Sugar Mt. tobacco from his pipe.

Amy Hendricks

Classics

Mason Johnson

Classics

Mason received his B.A. in both Philosophy and Greek & Roman Studies (with honors) from Rhodes College in 2015 and his MA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2017. His Master's thesis argues for the possibility of a rational political science in Cicero's De Re Publica using his literary correspondence as well as arguing for the influence and use of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in this work.  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. Mason has taught courses in introductory Latin, Roman civilization, and an introduction to Western Civilization.

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.

Mary Claire LaVelle

Classics

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

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

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

Jesse Pruett

Hebrew Bible

Rian Sirkus

Classics

Rian Sirkus entered the Classics PhD Program in the fall of 2017. He earned his MA in Classics from the University of Maryland, College Park (2014), a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics from Georgetown University (2012), and a BA in History from Cornell University (2010). His interests lie primarily in Greek and Roman Historiography, Greek Lyric, Silver Latin Epic, and Indo-European Morphology.

Claire Trivax

Classics

Claire entered the Classical Studies graduate program in the Fall of 2016 after completing her B.A. in Classical Studies (and minor in music) at Hope College in May of that same year. Her research interests include Late Roman Republic prose and prose rhythm, Greek and Latin funerary inscriptions, and reception studies.

Jonathon Wylie

Hebrew Bible