Welcome to our Alumni Spotlights!

Below we feature undergraduate alumni who describe how their CANES major or certificate has impacted their lives and graduate alumni working in a variety of fields.

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Spotlight: Undergraduate Alumni

Caitlin Acierno

Credentials: Leone Registrations, LLC

Will Bernstein

Credentials: Co-Founder, MXD WRLD

Genna Bonfiglio

Credentials: Medical Resident, U of Colorado-Denver

Tanvi Dhariwal

Credentials: Law Student at Melbourne Law School; Marketing Coordinator for Currie Communications

Joe Goodkin

Credentials: Musician, Modern Bard

Signe Janoska

Credentials: Second Year Law Student at UW-Madison Law School

Phoebe Kasdin

Credentials: Attorney - Impact Litigation, Still She Rises

Nate Kolpin

Credentials: High School Latin Teacher, Wauwatosa East and West High Schools

Shanti Kozuch, MPH

Credentials: Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator, Office of Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Abby Lease

Credentials: Religion and Theology Teacher, Edgewood Campus School

Will Marx

Credentials: Wm. Chocolate, LLC

Francesca Pessarelli

Credentials: Managing Director, Ceysson & Bénétière New York; Independent Curator

Sarah Rous

Credentials: Project Editor, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Andrea Samz-Pustol

Credentials: Assistant Director of Constellations, UW-Madison; Teaching Specialist for CANES

Tye Wilson

Credentials: Quality Curator, Epic Systems

Spotlight: Graduate Alumni

Preston Atwood

Credentials: Ph.D. Hebrew Bible, 2019

Headmaster, Regents Academy

Catherine Bonesho

Credentials: Ph.D. Hebrew Bible, 2018

Assistant Professor of Early Judaism, UCLA

William Bruce

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2015

Assistant Professor at University of Kansas

Stephen Geiger

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2017

Vice President and Professor of New Testament, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Amanda Gregory

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2016

Instructor, Morristown-Beard School

Marina Grochocki

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2024


Molly Harris

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2019

Instructional Project & Engagement Coordinator, L&S Instructional Design Collaborative UW-Madison

Rachel Hart

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2018

Lecturer for Greek & Classics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lance Hawley

Credentials: Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies, 2016

Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew, Harding School of Theology

Ximing Lu

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Bucknell University

Rebecca Moorman

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2020

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University

Mandy Morrow

Credentials: M.A. Hebrew Bible, 2017

Associate Director, DesignLab UW-Madison

Jesse Pruett

Credentials: Ph.D. Hebrew Bible, 2024


Raphael Reishtatter

Credentials: M.A. Classics, 2024


Matthew Vieron

Credentials: Ph.D. Classics, 2013

Mental Health Therapist

Graduate Alumni by Year

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Ximing Lu, Ph.D. Classics
“The Ciceros in Athens: Study Abroad and Roman Politics”
Associate Professor Nandini Pandey

Mason Wheelock-Johnson, Ph.D. Classics
“Curating the Future in Seneca’s Epistulae Morales
Associate Professor Alex Dressler


Elizabeth Currier, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“The Personal Implications of Proverbs: Wealth and the Rich, Poverty and the Poor”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Molly Harris, Ph.D. Classics
“Leaving War Behind: War, Return, and Survival in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and Persians and Euripides’ Trojan Women”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Amy Hendricks, Ph.D. Classics
“Approaching Chorality: Literary Representations of the Chorus in Archaic Greek Poetry”
Professor Laura McClure

Mary Claire La Velle, Ph.D. Classics
“Rhetorical Characterization in Terence”
Associate Professor Alex Dressler

Rebecca Moorman, Ph.D. Classics
“Engrossing the Reader: Delight and Disgust in Latin Literature”
Associate Professor Alex Dressler


Preston Atwood, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“The Role of LXX Isaiah in the Translation of the Peshiṭta of Isaiah”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Mary Clare Dolinar, Ph.D. Classics
“Between Gods and Mortals: Divinity, Mortality, and Religious Ritual in Euripides”
Professor Laura  McClure

Hikaru Kumon, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“How Qohelet Thought: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage Analysis of Ecclesiastes”
Professor Jeremy Hutton


Catherine Bonesho, Ph.D Hebrew Bible
“Foreign Holidays and Festivals as Representative of Identity in Rabbinic Literature”
Professor Jordan Rosenblum

Nathaniel E. Greene, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“Warlord and Scribe: The Nascent Israelite State Beneath Its Textual Veneers”
Professor Jeremy Hutton

Rachel Hart, Ph.D Classics
“More than Meets the Eye: Autopsy and Physicality in Herodotus and Ctesias”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Jonathon E. Wylie, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“‘He Shall Deliver My People from the Hand of the Philistines’: The Political and Theological Uses of the Philistines in the Book of Samuel”
Professor Jeremy Hutton


Stephen Geiger, Ph.D Hebrew Bible
“The Conquered Conquers: The Art of Exile in Josephus”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Marie LaFond, Ph.D. Classics
“οὕτω τοι τόδε σῆμα πιφαύσκομαι: Significant Objects in the Odyssey”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Kevin Mattison, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
Adjunct Instructor, High Point University
“Amending the Covenant: How and Why the Authors of Deuteronomy Responded to Textual Sources”
Professor Jeremy Hutton


Amanda Gregory, Ph.D. Classics
“Crafting Images : Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Post-Classical Greek Literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Adrienne Hagen, Ph.D. Classics
“Natural Hierarchy in Greco-Roman Thought”
Professor Jeffrey Beneker

Lance Hawley, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible
“The Use of Metaphor in the Joban Discourse”
Professor Ronald Troxel


William N. Bruce, Ph.D. Classics
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
“Industry, Community, and the Sacred: Life Outside the City Walls at Sardis”
Professor Nicholas Cahill

Kate C. Rogers, Ph.D. Classics
“Finding Time to Write: Literary Amicitia and the Economy of Time in Flavian Rome”
Professor Alexander Dressler


Christopher Jones, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Retrofitting Jerusalem: Conceptions of Space, Identity, and Power in Ezra-Nehemiah”

Jason Micheli, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Translation Technique Evident in Peshitta Zechariah”


Lisa M. Feldkamp, Ph.D. Classics
“Let Sleeping Eros Lie: Erotobucolic Poetry in Hebrew, Greek, and Roman Literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Emmylou Grosser, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Poetic Line as Part and Whole: A Perception-Oriented Approach to Lineation of Poems in the Hebrew Bible”

Kerry A. Lefebvre, Ph.D. Classics
Latin Instructor, Mount Notre Dame High School, Cincinnati OH
“With You in That Dress: Cultus and Elegy in Rome”
Professor Laura McClure

Colleen M. Rice, Ph.D. Classics
Latin teacher, Baldwinsville Central High School, Baldwinsville NY
“Carried away by Bacchus: The Power and Politics of Bacchic Inspiration in the Augustan Poets”
Professor Alex Dressler

Josh Smith, Ph.D. Classics
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
“Greek and Roman Scholarly Traditions: Ancient Interpretations of Euripides, Aeschines, Terence, and Vergil”
Professor Jim McKeown

Matthew P. Vieron, Ph.D. Classics
Mental Health Therapist
“Poetic Voice and Readership in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura”
Profs. Alex Dressler and Patricia Rosenmeyer


Kevin Chau, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Poetics for Metaphor in Biblical Hebrew Poetry”

Alexander E.W. Hall, Ph.D. Classics
Lecturer, Iowa State University
“To the Beguiling Dance of the Gods: Genre and the Short Homeric Hymns”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Joy E. Reeber, Ph.D. Classics
Adjunct Instructor, University of Arkansas
“Married to a Persona: ‘Biography’ in Ovid’s Exile Poetry”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Eric Tully, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Translation and the Translator of the Peshitta of Hosea”


Eric A. Cox, Ph.D. Classics
“Cultural Deception and Narrative Technique in Herodotus’ Histories”
Profs. Patricia Rosenmeyer and Jeffrey Beneker

Elizabeth A. Brinnehl, Ph.D. Classics
Latin Teacher
“Medusa’s Blood: Lucan, Libya and the Geography of Anger”
Professor Carole Newlands

Kristen A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, John Carroll University
“Drinking Alfresco: The Erotics of the Pastoral-Sympotic Mode”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Kris Lorenzo, Ph.D. Classics
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hollins University
“Ancient Greek and Roman Navel Victory Monuments”
Professor William Aylward

Charles Yu, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“To Comfort Job: The Speeches in the Book of Job as Rhetorical Discourse”


Timothy Mackie, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Expanding Ezekiel: The Hermeneutics of Scribal Addition in the Ancient Text Witnesses of the Book of Ezekiel”

Kim Nguyen, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Lady Zion and the Man: The Use of Personae in the Book of Lamentations”


Richard Benton, Jr. Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Aspect and the Biblical Hebrew Niphal and Hitpael”

Tate Hemingson, Ph.D. Classics
Litigator, Clark Hill
“Faunus in Horace’s Odes”
Professor Carole Newlands


Matthew F. Amati, Ph.D. Classics
Assessment Technical Writer
WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
“Transforming the Polis: Interpretations of Space in Attic Old Comedy”
Professor Laura McClure

Brian V. Lush, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Macalester College
“Recognition and the Limits to Knowledge in Euripides”
Professor Laura McClure

Kent Reynolds, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Psalm 119: Promoting Torah, Portraying an Ideal Student of Torah”


Mike D. Nerdahl, Ph.D. Classics
Senior Lecturer, Bowdoin College
“Homeric Models in Plutarch’s Lives”
Professor Silvia Montiglio

Vasiliki Kostopolou, Ph.D. Classics
Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University
“Polyphemus and Galatea: Variations on a Theme”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer


Michael Lyons, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“From Law to Prophecy: Ezekiel’s Use of the Holiness Code”

Sun Myung Lyu, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Righteousness in the Book of Proverbs”

Stephen S. McRoberts, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Patrick Henry College
“Lucan’s war on Caesar”
Professor Carole Newlands

William Tooman, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“‘I Spoke in Former Days…’: Inner-Biblical Allusion in the Gog Oracles”


Bryce A. Carpenter, Ph.D. Classics
US Dept of Veterans Affairs
“Personal and Political Humor in Propertius”
Professor Jim McKeown

Michael Heiser, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Divine Council in Late Canonical and Non-Canonical Second Temple Jewish Literature”

David C Hillman, Ph.D. Classics
Independent Writer
“Representations of Pharmacy in Roman Literature from Cato to Ovid”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Daniel Kroeze, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Semantic Study of the Lexical Field of ‘Fear’ Terms in Biblical Hebrew”

Rachel M. McMullin, Ph.D. Classics
Librarian, West Chester University
“The Deinomenids: Tyranny and Patronage at Syracuse”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Mary R. McHugh, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College
“Manipulating Memory: Remembering and Defaming Julio-Claudian Women”
Professor Carole Newlands

Alexandra Pappas, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, San Francisco State Univ.
“Greek Writing in its Aesthetic Context: Archaic and Hellenistic Arts and Letters”
Professor Barry Powell


John A. Cook, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System: A Grammaticalization Approach”

Laura A. De Lozier, Ph.D. Classics
Senior Lecturer, Univ. of Wyoming
“An investigation of ancient testimonia about visual representations of Mark Antony”
Professor Jim McKeown

Robert Holmstedt, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew: A Linguistic Analysis”

Angela L. Pitts, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, Mary Washington College
“Prostitute, muse, lover: The biographical tradition of Sappho in Greek and Roman literature”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Matthew S. Semanoff, Ph.D. Classics
Associate Professor, University of Montana
“Pedagogical poetry: Teachers and students in didactic verse”
Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer

Holly M. Sypniewski, Ph.D. Classics
Professor, Millsaps College
“Becoming Vergil: Poetic persona and generic play in the Ps.-Vergilian Culex”
Profs. Patricia Rosenmeyer and Jim McKeown


Brian Ashland, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
Instructor, Madison College
“An Examination of the Rules for Babylonian Poetic Accentuation”

Changhak Hyun, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“A Study of the Translation Technique of Peshitta Proverbs”

Daryl Jefferies, Ph.D. Hebrew and Semitic Studies
“Wisdom at Qumran: A Form-Critical Analysis of the Admonitions in 4QInstruction”